Maritime Academy Trust

Maritime is a charitable education trust with schools across London and the South East.

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Who We Are

A warm welcome to our school. We are a unique and diverse learning community located in Gillingham that provides the best possible support in enabling pupils to achieve their best. We are proud that equity, equality and inclusion are embedded in our ethos and that we are a school where all families are welcomed without exception.

The school is spread across two sites both located within the Gillingham area. Pupils from Nursery to Year 2 are based on the Infants site and Years 3 to 6 across the road on the Juniors site. Our nursery is in a separate building within the Infants site, which offers both part-time and full-time places.


We are a school with high aspirations for pupils, their families and the community of Gillingham. Every single child at Barnsole is given the opportunity to achieve their very best, and we have built our curriculum through developing close partnerships with our parents/carers and community. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality learning experiences; learning is engaging and relevant to the lives of our pupils.

Our School Vision is ‘We Inspire – We Dream – We Believe – We Flourish’.

Through our holistic curriculum, we endeavour to:

  1. promote mutual respect, positive values and wellbeing
  2. face new challenges through teamwork;
  3. learn and achieve in a supportive, stimulating and creative environment;
  4. celebrate diversity and work in partnership with parents and the wider community.

Pupils and staff are highly motivated and firmly believe in learning together, in partnership with families.

Our first priority is that we want pupils to feel safe at our school, to understand that they will be supported both academically and personally, so they can achieve their very best and be proud of their achievements. The life skills we teach our pupils here give them confidence and self-belief.

My child’s confidence has grown since being at Barnsole.

At Barnsole, our pupils helped staff to collate a list of the values that we believe are most important to us within our school and community. These values are clear to see across the school, where a calm approach supports our collaborative and purposeful learning. More importantly, they are a set of values that we hope pupils will continue to improve upon and use to good effect at secondary school and in later life. Our school values are built into our broad and balanced curriculum, and play an integral part in the daily life at school; complementing the British Values while also helping to develop children as respectful and confident individuals.


                        Equality is accepting myself and others

                        Equality is knowing we are all different

                        Equality is being understanding and open-minded


                        Co-operation is helping one another    

                        Co-operation is working together with patience

                        Co-operation is collective effort to reach a goal


                        Honesty is telling the truth

                        Honesty is trust

                        Honesty is being true to yourself and to others  


                        Respect is knowing I am unique and valuable

                        Respect is liking who I am

                        Respect is listening with an open mind


                        Courage is having a moral strength

                        Courage is bouncing back

                        Courage is taking action when we know it will be difficult


                        Kindness is thinking of others and yourself

                        Kindness is being helpful

                        Kindness is giving and receiving


We offer an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs and classes, which many pupils participate in. There are a range of opportunities, such as learning to play a musical instrument, various sports clubs such as multi-sports, football, basketball, summer sports and French.

As part of our 'wrap around' support both before and after school, we provide a Breakfast Club and After School Club.  

All our pupils experience an extensive range of trips and visits, and benefit from a number of experts and professionals who come to the school for workshops and events. Pupils learn a range of musical instruments.