GCSE Results 2019

St Matthew Academy Pupils Shine with Best Ever GCSE Progress

Today, we are once again celebrating phenomenal success in this year’s GCSE results; building upon the accomplishments of last year and celebrating the achievement of the pupils who have made the most progress in SMA history. Having achieved positive results across the board we are expecting to see another significant increase in the Progress 8 score which is forecasted to be +0.5, this means pupils have achieved the equivalent of half a grade more than expectation in every subject they have studied. 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 68% having attained 9-4 grades including English and Maths and 48% achieving 9-5.

Headline figures this year continue an upward trajectory of success for the academy. In the 2019 examination results, SMA pupils have excelled. Subject highlights include:

· 88% of pupils achieved 9-4 in English Literature and 75% in English Language

· 71% of pupils achieved 9-4 in Mathematics

· 96% of pupils achieved 9-5 in Biology and Chemistry; 93% attaining the same grades in Physics

· 70% of pupils achieved 9-4 in RE and 71% gained 2 or more Science GCSEs

· 80% of pupils achieved 9-4 in French and 70% in Spanish

· 100% of pupils achieved 9-4 in Art and Design and this was matched with 100% in Textiles too

· 93% of pupils achieved 9-4 in PE

· 90% of pupils achieved 9-4 in Business Studies

Our highest male achiever of the year, Tomas, is celebrating an outstanding portfolio of results; 99988888877. Crediting the dedication of teachers and the resources that provided support, Tomas looks forward to attending St Thomas Apostle Sixth Form in September.


Our highest female achiever of the year, Fatma, celebrates outstanding results of 9988887776. As she embarks on her future at St Thomas Apostle to study Maths, Further Maths and Economics and we look forward to welcoming her back as a member of our successful alumni.


Among the many success stories, Naydelin Toazo, 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. Their sense of care is like no other and makes our school truly unique”. She looks forward to studying English Literature, French and Science. and pursuing her dream of studying English Literature at University. 

Director of Learning, Ricky Lee 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, Sacred Heart Sixth Form, Christ the King Sixth Form Townley Grammar School and Dartford Grammar School.

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 instill excellence for all, in our inclusive Catholic community.

As Headteacher I would offer my congratulations to the class of 2019. I am extremely proud of all pupils for their achievements and for securing another set of brilliant results, they have built the foundations for their own success from an early point and I am certain they will continue on this journey of strong achievement. The results are a testament to their hard work and commitment, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank staff for going above and beyond to support our pupils. 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.

Miranda Baldwin, Headteacher