St Matthew Academy

Lewisham, United Kingdom

Location: Lewisham, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 4 - 16 years

About St Matthew Academy

At St Matthew Academy, we pride ourselves on our diverse, vibrant, Catholic all-through nature. The school has a successful history of providing an excellent education for young people aged 4 to 16, through an environment which stimulates intellectual learning and growth, which promotes excellence.

Our motto; ‘Let Your Light Shine’ is taken from St Matthew’s Gospel and captures our belief in the unique quality and ability of every individual. Our aim is to ensure that the talents and strengths of every young person is nurtured, encouraged, developed and celebrated.

Our position as an all-through academy across one site offers many opportunities to boost academic and personal development for all pupils and a shared ethos supports all of our learners with high expectations and consistent pastoral care. Primary and secondary phase’s works together to track every pupil’s progress throughout their time with us, enabling us to ensure pupils are provided with a smooth transition at every stage of their St Matthew Academy career. The all through setting benefits all; allowing primary pupils access to secondary specialisms, resources and facilities, secondary pupils are offered mentor and leadership roles with younger peers and staff are provided with greater possibilities for professional development and learning.


Staff Training & Professional Development

We believe that training and professional development for staff is of paramount importance, and we devote considerable time and energy to it. We offer a range of different training options designed to ensure that training is fully personalised to the individual member of staff. 

Cycle-to-Work Scheme

The Academy participates in a cycle-to-work scheme to provide financial assistance to staff who wish to purchase a new bicycle and accessories. Staff choose a bike from a selection at over 2,000 retailers nationwide, hire it for an agreed length of time, then snap it up for a fraction of it's original value. Staff can save 25-39% and there is nothing to pay upfront. The payments are taken tax efficiently from the staff member’s salary over 12 months at which point Cyclescheme will contact the staff member regarding ownership options at the end of the Hire Agreement.

Annual Season Ticket Loans 

Staff members can apply for an annual season ticket loan where the cost of the season ticket is spread over 10 monthly payments, interest free.

Employee Assistance Programme

Health Assured provides our staff with a confidential 24 hour support line to discuss issues relating to family, financial, stress and anxiety etc.

Tech Scheme

Techscheme lets you get the latest technology through your employer, choosing from a range of over 5000 products available from the Apple store or Currys PC World. Staff can spread the cost with payments from their salary across 12, 24 or 36 months and make National Insurance savings of up to 12%. Best of all - the staff member will own the products from the beginning and there’s no end of hire fee.

Health & Wellbeing 

As part of our commitment to maintaining health and safety, and ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made for those that require it, new staff are invited to complete a health questionnaire before beginning their employment. The Academy also subscribes to an Occupational Health Referral scheme for existing staff members.

Use of Academy Gym

The Academy gym is available for staff to use after school free of charge. Induction sessions are conducted by a member of the PE team.

Annual Salaries 

We offer competitive salaries for both Teaching and Support staff, (Inner London Weighting) including recruitment and retention allowances, in some cases. 

Catering Facilities

Our catering facilities and canteen menus are designed to reflect all tastes and cultures. The Academy supports the Change 4 Life Healthy Lifestyle Campaign. Breakfast is available for staff to purchase in the mornings. 

Rewards for 100% Attendance 

We really value your commitment to each working day and as a token of this, each term, every staff member who achieves 100% attendance will be rewarded with a gift.

Pension Scheme Contributions         

The Teachers Pension Scheme and the Local Government Pension Scheme are available for teaching and support staff respectively.  Both are generous final salary schemes and staff are enrolled automatically but have the option to opt out.  Contributions vary dependent on the employee’s income level.

Social Events 

Staff social events are organised during the year, to ensure that staff members get the opportunity to unwind and enjoy a well-deserved break from work.

We welcome visits to the Academy prior to application. To arrange, please contact Ashanti Coleman, HR Manager via 

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What people say about us

“I was very impressed by the school, your wonderful teachers and students. You have a great organization and clear procedures and routines in place to create a fantastic learning environment…..Everyone in the school is very professional. Observing their lessons was very valuable to gain a better understanding of the teacher's roles for my PGCE course.”

- E.S., University of Oxford PGCE Student