St Matthew Academy strives to be a Catholic community in which principles of care and respect are valued, with emphasis on the development of the child or young person through academic achievement and personal development. We aim to give every pupil the best and most appropriate opportunities to learn and develop. We take our ethos from Gospel principles and work to draw out the potential in every child and young person.
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.
We recognise that education is a collaborative and cooperative enterprise and that although we emphasise our role in meeting individual needs, those needs must be met within the shared community life of the Academy and within an atmosphere that is positive, supportive and conducive to learning.
Our pastoral structure at St Matthew Academy is based around the form tutor in the secondary phase who is always a pupil’s first point of call to offer support in school.
Oversight of Pastoral care
The pastoral team in Key Stage 3 is overseen by an Assistant Headteacher and in Key Stage 4 a Deputy Headteacher who also has overall responsibility for the wellbeing and progress of all pupils in the secondary phase.
In the secondary phase, the team of form tutors is led by the Director of Learning who is responsible for the well-being and the monitoring of the progress of all pupils in a year group.
The form tutor is the key point of contact and support for pupils, parents, and carers. Form tutors see the pupils in their care every day and stay with their group throughout years 7 to 11 developing a strong and supportive relationship with them
Deputy Headteacher – Mr Alister Young
Assistant Headteachers- KS3 Mr Ian Gunningham, KS4 Mr Rondell Wanza, Year 11 Miss Charlotte Heywood
Director of Learning Year 7 – Miss Karolina Migon
Director of Learning Year 8 – Miss Ifeoma Ahima
Director of Learning Year 9 – Mr Jermaine Charlery
Director of Learning Year 10 – Miss Sarah Cefai
Director of Learning Year 11 - Miss Victoria Dunne