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 students benefit from a shared educational ethos, consistent high expectations, bespoke pastoral care, leadership roles and shared specialisms and resources.

Our motto SHINE is at the heart of all we do; providing opportunities for students 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 students to be excited by their learning and always acknowledge their achievements. This year, 70% of pupils gained a pass in the key headline measure for English and Maths – We fully expect to be top of the Lewisham league table for progress this year again.  

Students 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.

Students 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.

A network of exclusive partnerships and programmes that aim to enhance our students 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 students.

Students benefit from our dedicated careers service that 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 student.