Ethos and Values
Our motto, ‘Let Your Light Shine’ is taken from St Matthew’s Gospel, and encapsulates our belief in the uniqueness of every individual. It is central to all that we do and echoes our ethos statement that outlines our promise to pupils, SHINE.
Successful, confident learners
Pupils are provided with a plethora of opportunities that enable them to become successful, confident learners of the future, within the classroom and beyond. Enrichment activities alongside targeted academic intervention, dedicated pastoral support and challenge are all important strands in this provision.
High expectations, outstanding achievements
All aspects of academy life are defined by the high standards staff and pupils are held to. We expect our learning environment to be well ordered and pupils to thrive on the challenges presented to them. This enables every learner to achieve pastorally, spiritually and academically; making outstanding achievements.
Inclusive, caring, Catholic community
At the heart of our Academy ethos is our belief in promoting an ‘inclusive, caring, Catholic community.’ This means we welcome pupils and staff from every faith and none; we encourage everyone to take responsibility for their actions and words; we develop our pupils respect for other faiths and we learn together within the Gospel Values.
Nurturing talent, cultivating ambition
We encourage our staff and young people to see themselves as active learners – to inspire and motivate each other to achieve and exceed their potential. Working in partnership with our parents and staff; we play a crucial role in nurturing and supporting every learner, to ensure they fulfil their ambitions.
Excellence for all
Collectively, our ethos statement captures the essence of all that we do, and as a result, St Matthew Academy promotes and promises excellence for all members of our community.
“Personal development is interwoven through the curriculum, wider curriculum and through relationships”. Ofsted 2019
Our pupils are challenged to exceed academic expectations through hard work and dedication, under the guidance of our five characteristics of learning: aspiration, collaboration, independence, persistence and versatility.
In the summer of 2018, our pupils across the Academy collaborated on forming 5 key values. They decided that ‘life at SMA would be great if we all are: respectful, honest, kind, understanding and helpful’. Pupils helped design a poster to share the values with all pupils across the Academy and launched this in assemblies in September 2018.