GCSE Results Day 2020

Today, we are once again celebrating phenomenal success in this year’s KS4 results; building upon the accomplishments of the last couple of years and celebrating the achievement of our pupils who have all made substantial progress. The results achieved are the truly-deserved rewards of pupils’ determination and hard work and a testament to the support offered by our dedicated staff body.

The percentage of pupils achieving top grades remains impressive, as pupils proved they have truly encapsulated our promise of achieving excellence, with 74% having attained 9-4 grades including English and Maths and 56% achieving 9-5.

Headline figures this year continue an upward trajectory of success for the academy. In the 2020 examination results, SMA pupils have excelled. Subject highlights include:

  • 90% of pupils achieved 9-4 in English Language and 88% in English Literature
  • 76% of pupils achieved 9-4 in Mathematics
  • 75% of pupils achieved 9-4 in 2 Science GCSEs
  • 100% of pupils achieved 9-5 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • 85% of pupils achieved 9-4 in French and Spanish
  • 100% of pupils achieved 9-4 in Drama and PE and 100% pass rate in Music
  • 80% and above of pupils achieved 9-4 in Art, Business Studies, Computer Science, Film Studies, History, Product Design, Textiles,

Our highest female achiever of the year, and highest EVER achiever, Christine, celebrates simply mind-blowing results of ten grade 9s. As she embarks on her future at Townley Grammar to study Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, we look forward to welcoming her back as a member of our successful alumni.



Our highest male achiever of the year, Jack, is celebrating an outstanding portfolio of results; 9999999988. Crediting the dedication of teachers and the resources that provided support, Jack commented on the day that “SMA teachers helped to motivate me by always making sure lessons were more than just about learning, and taught us about more than just the subject alone.” He looks forward to attending Harris Westminster in September.


Among the many success stories, Christa, who made the most progress out of all the SMA pupils said of her results: “the staff at SMA have provided me with the encouragement, support and resources to accomplish my potential. I would say to younger students to always try your best and never give up”. She looks forward to studying BTEC Applied Science at CTK.


Director of Learning, Karolina Migon spoke of the results: “I would like to congratulate our Year 11 pupils for their hard work and commitment, throughout their journey with SMA. I am overwhelmed by your accomplishments and that you all have the opportunity to prosper in your future pathways as a result. I wish you all the very best of luck as you embark on your next chapter and will miss every one of you greatly!”

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 post-16 provider placements, including St Thomas the Apostle Sixth Form, Christ the King Sixth Form, Westminster Harris Academy, Townley Grammar School and Thomas Tallis.

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.

Headteacher Miranda Baldwin remarked, “It is wonderful to see so many happy pupils and parents at the Academy collecting their GCSE results and it is so pleasing for staff to share in their success. Every year we encourage all pupils to work hard and achieve beyond expectation and once again, our pupils have achieved outstanding results enabling them to take up places at 6th forms and colleges of their choice. I would like to wish all pupils every success in the future and look forward to welcoming you back as part of our exclusive alumni group. The governors and I would like to extend our congratulations to our pupils and sincerely thank our talented staff for their hard work and commitment. Well done everyone”.