A welcome from the Headteacher – Mr Mackley

A very warm welcome to our Academy website. Whether you are a prospective parent or a long standing member of our St Matthew’s family and community, I hope our website will give you a good insight into the life of our Academy.

St Matthew's is a school family, where every member is valued, encouraged and cared for in a supportive environment.  Our school family is made up of many different cultures and faiths and we enjoy serving such a rich and diverse community.  This diversity helps prepare our children for life in the 21st century within our wonderfully multicultural city of Preston. We work very closely with our families, the St Matthew’s Church congregation and the local community and we encourage families to be fully involved in their child’s education.

Our staff team are both experienced and enthusiastic and go the extra mile to ensure the children in their care receive the best education possible.  They really get to know each child and work alongside parents to develop every child’s strength and interests.  We love to provide a relevant, engaging and broad education which is rooted in Christian values and helps to develop the whole child in their educational, emotional and spiritual development. 

In everything we do we seek to provide the very best for each child so that they can have every opportunity to learn well and develop a lifelong love of learning. Our work here is underpinned by our Mission Statement and reflected in our Vision Statement for all members of our school family.  We aim to engage and inspire all our pupils so they leave us at the end of Year 6 as confident, well rounded young people, who can ‘Be blessed, be happy and aspire to be….’  as they move on in their education.

Our provision not only aims to deliver an exciting curriculum, tailored to the needs of every child in school, but we also provide our children with opportunities and experiences beyond the normal timetable. We have many essential learning experiences, our ‘Curriculum Promises’,  woven into the wider education we provide for children, which go beyond the normal curriculum. We offer Outdoor Education activities with the team from Hothersall Lodge such as den building and fire making across the whole school, water and adventure activities on the Year 6 adventure trip, visits to the theatre for example to see the pantomime at Christmas.  We take children to visit to museums and have workshops bringing learning to life in History and Geography. Our Reception children get the opportunity to meet the Emergency Services and Year 2 children have the chance to hold animals and reptiles for Science if they are brave enough! We deliver safety and life skills session too such as Bikeability in year 5, swimming lessons in year 4 and Right Start road safety sessions in Key Stage 1. All these add up to something more than just the 3 Rs for our children.

Being Head Teacher of St Matthews CE Primary Academy is a fantastic job and I’m proud to serve and lead such a wonderful and supportive school community.

If you would like to visit our school or would like more information about us please don't hesitate to call the school office where our office staff would be delighted to arrange an appointment for you.

 - Mr Mackley


Our Mission Statement:

“St. Matthew’s C.E. Primary School is dedicated to providing an education which enables every child to fulfil their best potential.  It seeks to promote academic, emotional and spiritual growth in a Christian environment, welcoming children drawn from diverse cultures”.

Our Vision Statement: 

Inspired by Jesus’ words (Matthew 5: 1-12), we strive to promote academic, emotional and spiritual growth in a Christian environment for all members of our school family.

We can all ‘Be blessed by God, be happy and aspire to be…’


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