Year 11 Class of 2021
St Matthew Academy is pleased to report some outstanding achievements by its pupils in their GCSEs and other qualifications this summer. This year, following the cancellation of exams, grades were awarded through a process of teacher assessed grades, against a national standard and approved and awarded by the exam boards. The government is not publishing performance data for any schools or colleges this year due to the varying impact of the pandemic.
Luke Stevens and Franklina Sesay both achieved Academy record breaking results of Grade 9 in 11 subjects. An outstanding achievement that is a testament to their hard work and perseverance. Franklina said “I am grateful for all of the support that the teachers at SMA have provided and to my parents for supporting me through the whole five years. I thank God for giving me the ability to achieve my desired grades. I am now looking forward to studying Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Computer Science at St Olaves, and hope to become a Chemical Engineer in the future.”
Demilade Alabi started St Matthew Academy in 2009 in Reception and now boasts excellent results of 3 Grade 9s, 2 Grade 8s and 4 Grade 7s. “I am really happy with my results, and worked really hard to achieve them. It’s important to balance your time between working hard and taking a break. I had an excellent support system around me including teachers, friends and my parents”. Demilade will be going on to study Computer Science, Maths and Politics at Townley Grammar School.
Jadesola Oladepo achieved the greatest progress in the year group, starting her journey in 7ACE, and now has 2 Grade 9s, 4 Grade 8s and 1 Grade 7. “I am really proud of my success. I have overcome many obstacles during my time at St Matthew Academy. My best tips would be to work hard every day especially after school, and making the best of each lesson.” Jadesola will be going on to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Harris Academy Greenwich.
The pupils’ inspiring results and drive to succeed embodies our academy promise: to enable pupils to become successful, confident learners; make outstanding achievements through our high standards and cultivate their ambitions to instil excellence for all, in our inclusive Catholic community.
Director of Learning, Victoria Dunne spoke of the results: “I am so proud of every pupil in Year 11. Their hard work and dedication through difficult and unprecedented events has really paid off. It was a delight to see smiling faces and celebrations all around as pupils opened their envelopes. I am thrilled with your accomplishments and wish you all the very best in the future. I will miss you all dearly! Well done Class of 2021”
Overjoyed pupils, parents and staff praised the accomplishments of the year group at St Matthew Academy and are looking forward to a successful future, with many pupils celebrating fantastic offers from 6th forms and colleges, including Sacred Heart, St Thomas the Apostle, City of London Academy, Christ the King Aquinas, Thomas Tallis, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School and the Brit School.
Miranda Baldwin, the Academy headteacher said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our pupils, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year 10 and 11. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure pupils are all able to progress onto post 16 studies of their choice, and we look forward to seeing what they will achieve in the future. The governors and I would like to extend our congratulations to our pupils and sincerely thank our families for the support they gave their children to enable them to let their light shine. Of course we must also thank our talented staff for their hard work and commitment to the pupils they teach. Well done everyone."
KS2 Summer 2021
We are delighted that at the end of another unprecedented year, we have achieved excellent results with our year 6 children for the end of KS2 SATs. Continuing a now 4-year trend of consistent results (at least in line with national figures in all assessed areas) makes us extremely proud. 79% of our pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths combined, significantly above the last recorded national figure of 64%. In both reading and maths 87% of our pupils achieved at least the expected standard and staggeringly 52% of children achieved greater depth in reading which is 20% higher than the last national figure. Despite the removal of national SATs tests this year, our pupils were still assessed in line with exam administration guidelines and the results went through a thorough and rigorous moderation process.
Ms Chick applauded the staff and children for their continued hard work in very trying times at points within the year and the fantastic achievements they have all made. “I am so privileged to work with such committed staff who dedicate themselves to ensuring our children receive the very best possible outcomes. We wish all our children every success in year 7 next year and look forward to hearing the continued success stories as they progress through the academy to year 11."