St Matthew Academy recognises the talents of our young sports people and budding media and communication stars through our fantastic three-year scholarship offer. 

"The sports teams at SMA celebrate amazing success both nationally and internationally with some outstanding results"

Mr Goksel, Head of PE. 

"The media opportunities at SMA are second to none. You will gain many transferable skills and a first-hand experience of aspects of the media industry"

Mr Blakemore, Media and Communications Pathway Lead.


Successful applicants receive a first-rate offer which provides a diverse range of rich opportunities which nurtures their talent further.  


Media and Communications Scholarship 

Throughout their time in St Matthew Academy, Media and Communications scholars are given extra access to our studio newsroom, where they will be given opportunities to be a part of the SMA news team and practise as a host, reporter, editor, floor director, scriptwriter or camera operator! Productions are uploaded to the SMA YouTube Channel in support with the BBC Young Reporter Programme.

They will learn how to operate our camera equipment and be trained in cinematography, photography, Adobe Photoshop and how to edit short films in Final Cut Pro X. They will also learn the art of visual storytelling and script writing, and work towards entering national film competitions and enjoy creative film camps during school holidays. 

Scholars are also offered the chance to learn about professional script writing in film and television; be a part of our young mentors reading scheme and have priority access to the Film Studies GCSE. And finally, they have the opportunity to go trips including the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Ravensbourne University and Sky News.



Sporting Brilliance Scholarship 

The Sporting Brilliance programme is designed to give pupils the opportunity to extend their existing talents and ability.  Selected pupils will take part in an exciting and practical introduction programme where they will form their athlete profiles through a variety of nationally recognised fitness tests.  They will use this as a platform to assess their strengths and weaknesses and how to improve their own athletic performance in their chosen sports.  Throughout the programme, pupils will participate in specialised games, indoor athletics and physical training sessions. Scholars will be undertaking sessions that will involve intensive physical methods of training which includes; Circuit, Plyometrics, Interval, Fartlek and Speed, Agility and Quickness training.

Scholars will also have the opportunity to take part in masterclass sessions with professional athletes and visit exciting external enrichment destinations such as Charlton Athletic Football Club and Sky Sports Studios. Enabling them to gain valuable insight into a professional sports set up and mainstream sporting media giant.  In year 9 pupils will complete the programme by participating in various theory workshops, strength and conditioning training and the Sports Leaders Award (SLQ). Gaining valuable coaching and leadership experience as well as a recognised sports leadership qualification.  All pupils on the programme are expected to represent School teams and choose a sports related exam option for their GCSEs.


Please download our full brochure below for more information.

Please apply directly to the school using the supplementary form.