Welcome - St Matthew Academy

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St Matthew Academy is a diverse, vibrant Catholic all through school for girls and boys where we have high expectations for everyone in our community.  Our mission is to provide a positive, inclusive, Catholic environment for learning and growth which promotes excellence. Miranda Baldwin

Staff focus on inspiring each individual to discover, develop and fulfill their academic, personal and spiritual potential and to become confident and productive members of the community.  We believe that the relationships we develop with our pupils and their families enable us to create a friendly, caring and supportive atmosphere, conducive to the best standards of teaching and learning.

We offer an inspiring and innovative education that prepares all of our young people for life in the globally connected, rapidly changing world they will live and work in.  We are a school that welcomes pupils of all abilities, those who are academically gifted and those with talents in other areas and we can ensure that all pupils can learn, achieve and flourish regardless of their starting point.

We also believe a great education is not just about what is taught in lessons, nor simply about the excellent exam results that pupils will achieve – it also involves first class pastoral care, an introduction to a wide range of experiences and opportunities and instilling a belief in what is possible in every student.  We believe that each individual is unique and look at them as a whole person.  We support pupils to discover their individual talents and enable them to invest in them. 

At St Matthew Academy our school motto is ‘let your light shine.’  It is taken from St Matthew’s Gospel and encapsulates our belief in the uniqueness of each individual.  We aim to ensure that we live this vision every day at the academy by encouraging, promoting and celebrating success with all of our pupils in everything that they do.

I was delighted to be appointed as the new Head of School at St Matthew Academy from September 2016.   Since arriving at the academy, I have been very passionate about working in partnership with the children, the staff, the parents and Management Board to continue to develop an exciting, happy and successful school.

Ms Miranda Baldwin

Head of School