St Matthew Academy

St Matthew Academy opened in September 2007, and is the first co-educational ‘All-Through’ Roman Catholic Academy. Catering for pupils from reception to Year 11, the academy’s specialism is Business and Enterprise in a socially diverse area of Lewisham.

Though the academy is housed under a single roof, the primary school facility is contained in its own wing with separate and carefully designed outdoor learning and recreation areas. This approach has ensured that an appropriate scale is developed corresponding to the needs of the learners.

The academy is located within a Conservation Area and Metropolitan Open Space within the Blackheath area of Lewisham. This required a sensitive approach to the scale and massing of the new building and its careful integration with the landscape. Existing level changes were exploited to break down the scale of the academy whilst creating a series of terraces for outdoor teaching, socialising, and sports – maximizing the available space.