St. Matthew’s has a clear vision for the future of our school and the education of our children. We want everyone to thrive at St. Matthew’s and this vision is summed up by our motto which is taken from Matthew 5.16: ‘Let your light shine’. We believe all children can shine at St Matthew’s and we strive for every member of our school family to succeed and flourish with us. This belief is founded on our school values:

These values were chosen by our school family and we aim to embody these Christian values in all we do. They guide us, ground us and bind us.  Therefore every family from across our community, including those of different faiths and no faith, are welcomed at St. Matthew’s and we are proud of our diversity. That sense of family and our values help us to foster the warm, nurturing atmosphere which allows our children to thrive and succeed.

Our commitment to our children’s education helped St Matthew’s be recognised by UNICEF as a school where children’s rights are valued and promoted. We are now proud to be the first school in Trafford to be a UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting School.

Recently our school has worked together to develop our vision further, so we know what a St Matthew’s learner will be like when they leave our school. Our entire school family was involved in drawing up these aspirations:


British values

At St. Matthew’s CE Primary School we uphold and teach pupils about British values as directed under new Ofsted guidance, September 2014. Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths are taught explicitly through SEAL, Citizenship and RE. We deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and have achieved the following external accreditations which demonstrate evidence of our commitment to British Values:

– Ofsted grade of ‘Good’ (May 2016)

– SIAMS grade of ‘Outstanding’ (January 2016)

In addition to our curriculum, we have promoted British values through:

  • our anti-homophobic bullying campaign and our work with The Proud Trust. Including our participation in ‘Happily Ever After’
  • our active, elected school council who were the first school council in Trafford to draft and implement a written constitution. Our school council’s work has been recognised with a Speakers School Council Award 2016
  • the St Matthew’s referendum to rename one of our school teams after Malala Yusefzai
  • visit to Trafford Town Hall to participate in a British Citizenship Ceremony
  • community work such as our links to Barnabus homeless charity and Generation Foundation
  • celebrating St. Matthew’s Day by working across our community to share our values
  • Y5 Shakespeare project
  • KS2 youth justice project at Manchester Crown Court
  • expanded our school resources to include positive representations of people from minority groups eg story books with same sex parents
  • assembly program with links to British values including Rememberance Day services and guest speakers inlcuding local polical and religious leaders
  • developing our school links with Lahore, Pakistan, including hosting a headteacher from a Lahore school at St Matthew’s in the summer term
  • strengthened links with local faith leaders
  • introducing buddies across the key stages
  • Monday affirmation