Our vision and mission - St Matthew Academy

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Our vision and mission

Our motto is ‘Let your light shine’. It is taken from St Matthew’s Gospel and encapsulates our belief in the uniqueness of each individual. Our mission is to ensure that the talents and strengths of each child are encouraged and developed.

We have made our Mission and Beliefs central to everything we do. Evidence which demonstrates our beliefs in action can be found throughout the life and work of the Academy.


Our mission

Our mission is to provide a positive, inclusive, Catholic environment for learning and growth which promotes excellence and inspires each individual to discover, develop and fulfil their spiritual, intellectual and personal potential and to become lifetime learners.


Our beliefs

The following core beliefs inform, direct and inspire all of our practice:

A Catholic Academy
We believe that the Catholic faith of students should be developed through the work of an active chaplaincy team; through prayer and through focus events to develop spirituality and faith growth. The Academy ethos will stress the unique value of each individual and develop in our students respect for other faiths.

We believe that every member of our community has a right to an ordered learning environment which builds on prior learning; develops independence, creativity and an enquiring mind and fosters intellectual and social self-confidence and self-esteem.

We believe that every student has the right to a broad curriculum and to appropriate, stimulating and varied learning strategies which develop and extend all of their skills, abilities and talents and which result in a wide range and high standard of accredited success.

Preparation for working life
We believe that all students need opportunities to understand business and enterprise environments based on Christian ethical principles; to experience and develop skills in collaborative and co-operative working and have opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Personal development
We believe that our Academy should provide a nurturing, caring social environment, based on Christian values, in which the views of all members are heard, valued and respected and in which students are supported in their complete development as young adults.

We believe that our school should develop in its students, an acceptance of their individual and collective responsibilities as members of various local, national and international communities and a strong sense of the importance of working for the common good.

Home-Academy partnership
We believe that our students’ success and happiness in school depends on us working in close partnership with parents, carers and families.