About St Matthew’s
Some Quick Facts!
This year, we have just over 1200 pupils at our school
We have 300 Year 7 pupils starting in September – this is the biggest year group we have ever had!
St Matthew’s High School is celebrating its 40th birthday this year
We do lots to support you during your time at St Matthew’s, but in particular, when you start with us in Year 7.
Guardian Angels - To begin with your teaching group will be assigned a guardian angel. Guardian angels are responsible and friendly year 11 pupils who will look after you for the first few weeks. They will greet your group in the morning, take you to your lessons and pick you up in lesson change overs so that you don't get lost around the school. They will be keeping an eye on you and will be there to help you if you have any questions about the school
Journals - Each pupil will be given a school journal at the beginning of the school year. You will be expected to bring it in each day as part of your school equipment. The journal is used for many things, you will be expected to write your school timetable in there so you know what lessons you have and when. You will also write in any homework given, it can be used by your parents and carers to wrote in a note to school or be used by teachers to write notes for home. There are also many pages that will help with your base subject knowledge for many areas of school. You will only be given one to last you the whole year so you must take good care of it!
Finding Your Way Around – We have a map for you to study and get to know. It can also help you to plan your quickest route from one lesson to the next. As well as this, we have lots of signs around the building, near all the staircases, to remind you which subject areas are on which floor. We also have colour coded doors for each subject, to help you recognise where you are in the building.
St Matthew’s is a Catholic school
We celebrate Mass together as a community in our school chapel, and sometimes in the main school hall.
Priests from our local Catholic churches come to help us celebrate and the RE department work hard to give pupils the chance to connect with God during their time at school.
Each morning and at the beginning of each lesson you are invited to pray with your form group and your classes this is a special time of the day and should always be treated with respect.
As a Catholic community we work hard to keep the school close to the teachings of Jesus and the word of God. Your RE lessons play a major role in this but we also expect you to keep up the high moral standards around the school including outside of the school gates when you are wearing our uniform and being a representative of St Matthew’s. You should always show others respect and be willing to lend a hand if someone is in need - we pride ourselves on being well respected in the area and trust you to keep up the good work.