At St Matthew Academy, we strive to practise the Catholic values of care and respect in all aspects of academy life; especially in the personal development of our young learner’s and their academic achievement. It is our aim to provide every pupil with the opportunities to learn and develop, drawing from Gospel principals to draw out the potential in every pupil, whilst supporting them every step of the way.
The most important influences on a child’s values, attitudes and standards are those of family, home and community. We aim therefore, to work in close partnership with parents to encourage all our pupils to have good manners, be kind and develop a sense of responsibility, self -discipline, respect for themselves, for others and for their environment.
The SLT team, inclusion managers and phase leaders support class teachers with pastoral issues that may arise and a dedicated Family Liaison Worker, Ms Whittington, works with children and families who require support in different areas of pastoral care.
The ‘Nurture Room’ in the Primary Phase is a designated area where children can feel safe and secure and allows their individual needs further. Introduced as part of the school’s Inclusion provision, it offers children opportunities to develop, promote and support their social and emotional development in a relaxed environment. There are timetabled support sessions for individual children within the Nurture Room, and the facility is also used as and when needed to respond the children’s differing individual pastoral needs on a daily basis.
Our pastoral structure at St Matthew Academy is based around the class teacher in the primary phase that is always a pupil’s first point of call to offer support in school.