St Matthew Academy opened in September 2007, replacing St Joseph’s Academy secondary school and Our Lady of Lourdes primary school. The new Academy was built as a new state-of-the-art school on the foundations of the previous school’s sports field, at a cost if £38million budget.  As a co-educational all-through, St Matthew Academy opened its doors to both male and female students aged 4-16, for reception through to Year 11 students.

The academy was formed as one of the original academies created under the Labour government to replace failing schools. It is with great pleasure we announce that the academy results are on an upward trajectory of improvement; the results in the final year of the St Joseph’s Academy saw 26% of year 11 students gaining at least 5 A*-Cs (including English and Maths) in 2014 GCSEs improved quickly to reach nearly 60% with similar trends highlighted in the key measures of the primary phase. We look forward to continuing celebrating our students’ successes in 2017.

The school's original Principal, Monica Cross, was followed on her retirement in 2012 by Michael Barry, who in turn was succeeded in 2016 by our Current Head of School, Miranda Baldwin.