Why Choose SMA?

There are a multitude of reasons to make St Matthew Academy your first choice for your primary and secondary education; from our amazing facilities across both sites and educational expertise to our detailed enrichment offer and dedicated pastoral care.

An all-through education at St Matthew Academy provides continuity, support and limitless opportunities for ages 4-16. Our pupil's benefit from a shared educational ethos, consistent high expectations, bespoke pastoral care, increased pupil leadership opportunities and shared specialisms and resources.

Our motto SHINE is at the heart of all we do; providing opportunities for pupil's to become Successful, confident learners; demanding High expectations for outstanding achievements; supporting an Inclusive, caring Catholic community; Nurturing talent to cultivate ambition and promoting Excellence for all, in every aspect of academy life.

We encourage pupils to be excited by their learning and always acknowledge their achievements. This year, 74% of pupils gained a pass in the key headline measure for English and Maths – We are excited to be top of the Lewisham league table for progress once again this year again.  

Pupils at St Matthew Academy are instilled with a set of learning characteristics: aspiration, collaboration, independence, persistence and versatility, which encourage them to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

Specialist subject leaders and state-of-the-art facilities are available to all; including computer suites, dedicated media rooms and technology, science labs, dance and drama studios and a multi-functional sports hall.

Pupil receive a bespoke learning experience at both primary and secondary level, including an interactive, engaging and relevant curriculum that supports students at every stage of their school career and our fabulous Media and sports scholarships programmes help to nurture and nourish talent early on. 

A network of exclusive partnerships and programmes that aim to enhance our pupils experience at St Matthew Academy; from our Forest School status to our work with The Brilliant Club and our strong relationships with local nurseries, primary schools and our churches.

We offer an unrivalled programme of enrichment opportunities including Duke of Edinburgh, Debate Mate, BBC Young Reporter and a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs, designed to enhance the educational experience of St Matthew Academy pupils.

Our dedicated careers service aims to raise aspirations and equip students with the skills and knowledge they need for the future. The service is enhanced by our links with STAC and Sacred Heart Sixth Form.

Our network of hard-working and aspirational staff are dedicated to providing a first-class education at St Matthew Academy and are committed to the academic and personal development of each and every pupil.