Welcome from the Head of Upper School
I would like to welcome you to St Matthew Academy. My name is Niall McCann and I am the new Head of Upper School at the Academy. I am responsible for the education of all students in years 9 to 11.
The Academy exists to promote improvement in learning and living for the greater glory of God. Our distinct and unique Catholic tradition seeks to find God in all things, caring for the individual and building a Christian community, encouraging excellence and, finally, co-operating in our unique mission to ‘Shine your light’
In Upper School we offer a dynamic and personalised curriculum, delivered through an ethos of enterprise. Our teachers create a learning environment that is exciting and motivating for every student. Our students are taught how to learn and are expected to share in the responsibility for their learning. They are encouraged to think creatively and they are expected to complete schoolwork and homework to the very best of their ability. We expect the highest standards of positive learning behaviour.
By the end of their time at St Mathew Academy it is hoped that our young people are:
- developing and deepening a relationship with God and are able to find God in reflection on their own experience.
- happy, friendly and self-confident, with a sense of humour and an awareness of their God-given talents and the need to fulfil their potential for good.
- seen to have a generosity of spirit and a readiness to place their talents at the disposal of others, especially the most needy.
- in the process of deepening their understanding of who Christ is and of living out their faith more fully.
- well prepared to take their place in wider society unmotivated by prestige or selfish ambition and aware of how fully they can contribute to the common good.
- ready to ask ‘What more can I do, what more can I give?’ in every area of life.
Vice-Principal, Head of Upper School