The MCEP oversee the development of a partnership approach to ensuring that all children in Medway experience a positive transition from primary to secondary school rooted in shared arts and cultural experiences.

The partnership has secured investment from Royal Opera House Bridge and Medway Council to develop a strategic plan and delivery model for the Medway area. The MCEP, in partnership with the Isle of Sheppey Cultural Education Partnership, has also been awarded Arts Council England’s Youth Performance Partnership Fund for Theatre 31, one of only five nationally.

MCEP is a Cultural Education Partnership formed with the support of the Royal Opera House Bridge as part of Arts Councils England’s Cultural Education Challenge. It aspires to bring together all those with an interest in working to improve the lives of all children and young people in Medway through arts and culture.

The partnership aims to organise people and resources to deliver a Medway vision of:

  • a minimum cultural entitlement for all Medway children and young people
  • productive links between primary and secondary schools with cultural partners
  • improving outcomes for children with a focus on points of school transition


Chatham Historic Dockyard

Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust is an independent charitable trust responsible for the Historic Dockyard Chatham an 80-acre historic site, now the world’s most complete dockyard of the age of sail


Dynamics – The Medway Music Education Hub CIC provides wide-ranging, diverse and high quality musical opportunities for children and young people throughout Medway

Icon Theatre

Icon Theatre aims to transform lives and strengthen communities, by supporting people to make and experience world class theatre and participatory arts

Medway Council

Medway Council is pleased to be part of the Medway LCEP and take an active part in engaging young people with the arts and creative activity. The benefits of cultural activity have many facets and we believe that encouraging young people can create life-changing moments that can really make a difference

Ideas Test

Ideas Test is one of Arts Council England’s (ACE) 21 Creative People and Places projects. We have been working in Medway and Swale for 6 years alongside communities to enable them to choose, take part in and co create brilliant art experiences.

Thinking Schools Academy Trust

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust believes that every young person in our community deserves to have the best opportunities in life, regardless of their individual circumstances. Our commitment to supporting young people in Medway and our belief in building their cultural capital and awareness through engagement with local arts, museums and heritage partners is deeply embedded amongst our schools and we are incredibly proud of this.