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Welcome to our website

For dates of events and holidays, please look in the news section using the red tab above.

I hope you find the information below helpful and informative.

Scroll down to find out about the following:

  • our vision
  • school prayer
  • about our school -its history and origins
  • staff
  • how to help your child at home
  • school timetable
  • curriculum
  • assemblies
  • out of hours learning
  • breakfast club and playcentre
  • attendance
  • ofsted and church school reports
  • school improvement plan


Our vision

Our vision is to be a learning community where we all come together to help each other learn:









We come to school to help each other learn....


  • that God loves us, that we are all special and that we all matter.


  • to think and to wonder


  • to understand exciting new skills and ideas


  • to create amazing new things


  • to be kinder, fairer, braver, better people


  • to be able to enjoy being with lots of different kinds of people


  • to make the world a better place

School prayer

Teach us, O God

To serve you and to love you

Send us out in the power of your Spirit

To live and work to your praise and glory


 About our school

St Matthias School was founded in 1844.  Bethnal Green at that time was a very poor area with terrible conditions.  The school was founded by the church in those days to 'serve the poor of the parish' regardless of their religion.  Today, living conditions in Bethnal Green are much improved, but we still see our role as serving families in the local community, serving those who are our neighbors, whoever they are and whatever their background, culture or religion.  We do this because we are a church school and therefore we try and follow the example of Jesus in all that we do.  Jesus taught us that we should seek to help all those who need our help. You can find out more about this here

Our parish church is St Matthews church - the original St Matthias church was bombed during the war.  St Matthews clergy are very involved in the life of the school -whether taking assemblies, playing with the early years children, supporting staff and families or as governors helping in running the school. If you would like to find out more about our church then this website will tell you more.   www.st-matthews.co.uk



Head of School - Keeley Warren

Exec Headteacher - Clare Sealy

senior teachers- Rosie Chester (head of inclusion and early years teacher) and Jakera Kamali (maths leader and year 6 teacher)

other teachers

Monica Mannan - early years

Harminder Dhanjal- yr 3

Laura Heyward - yr4

Amy Davis - yr5

Gemma Crozier - yr2

Sabiha Khankara - covers classes when teachers are out of class

Kalayda Kadir - yr 1

Therese Ta - French language teacher

support staff in early years Shanta Qauder, Ritaj Aberdean, Sayeeda Ahmed, Syeda Hoque, Shakera Kamali,

support staff in key stage one:

Michelle Holden

Zoe Tate

Jo Stockwell

Maureen Gallagher

Shahana Begum

support staff in key stage two:

Carol Fitzpatrick

Linda White

Sopna Begum

Shamima Mukid

Lesley Magri

Christine Cooper

pastoral staff:

learning mentor - Dolores Forcadell

home:school liaision - Rushnara Khatun

extended schools social worker-Helen Davis

parish priest - Kevin Scully

Sports coach - Dwayne Nickle

Office staff

Maureen Marlborough

Michelle Griffiths

Premises Manager

Ray Royer

We are all here to help your children thrive.

If you have a query, concern or problem with any of us, please do not hesitate to get in contact so we can sort it out as quickly as possible.  Phone the office (020 7739 8058) to make an appointment with the class teacher.  Appointments can also be made with Clare Sealy the head teacher if  this has failed to resolve the problem.

If you have a personal or family problem you would like our help with, phone the office and ask for an appointment with Helen Davis our extended schools' social worker

Helping your child at home

The best way to help and support your child at school is to give them your love and encouragement. Your time and interest in what your child does at school is very important and shows your child that you care about their learning. Reading a  book to your child is a good way of encouraging your child to read, and should continue right through primary school, even when they can read fluently all by themselves, as this helps develop their vocabulary and also provides excellent bonding time for your both. We reward children for their reading at home - whether they are reading on their own or you are reading to them by reading them their librbary book,  encouraging them to do use 'Bugclub' or doing 'acclerated reader' quizzes.  They take these quizzes whenever they finish a book - whether at home or at school.  If you want your child to do a quiz at home, go to our links page (see the purple tab above). (Accelerated reader is used with children in year 2 and above).

Children enjoy playing board games and this helps them to learn how to count, how to share and also how to cope with winning and losing. If you want to teach your child how to write their name before they start school -please DON'T teach them to write this in capital letters as this confuses them when we teach them a different way.

Children in year 2 begin to learn their 2,5 and 10 times tables.  Please help us with this by helping your child practise them at home.  In year 3 they learn the 3, 4 and 6 times table and we expect children to know all their tables up to 10 times 10 by the end of year 4.  This website has some games on it to help your child practise.



We believe that parents and schools are partners in learning and that when we work together, then your child has the best possible chance of reaching their full potential. Our home: school liaison officer works to help us to this. We run workshops regularly for parents to help them find out about different ways of helping their children at home.  We also organize trips for families to places of interest.  We are eager to listen to your ideas about how we can further improve our school.  We run a weekly coffee morning for parents on Tuesdays 9am - 10 30 am where you can come and relax, meet other parents and learn new things about helping your child.


 Parents attending a workshop on how to teach your child their sounds

School timetable

Early Years Unit-the foundation stage

School starts 9am

School ends part time morning children 11 30

School starts part time afternoon children 12 45

School ends 3 15

Children in the early years will only be allowed to go home with someone you have told us is allowed to collect them.  I f someone we don't know turns up to collect your child that you haven't told us about, we will ring your first before letting them go with that person.


Key stage 1 and key stage 2 -years 1-6

 School starts at 9am

School ends 3:30pm

Children in stage 1 (years 1-2) MUST be brought to school and collected by an adult or mature secondary school aged brother or sister.  Children in key stage 2 (years 3-6) can go home by themselves if you have given us written permission to do so, but they should NOT be taking younger children home.


Every day matters, every minute counts.

Please make sure your child is on time.  By law, your child has to be in school by 9am and will be marked as late if they arrive after that time.  Even missing a few minutes adds up over time and also disrupts the learning of other children.  If you are late, you will be asked to sign the late book and to give a reason.  Tower Hamlets attendance and welfare officer monitors puntucuality closely and if your child is late on several occasions, you run the risk of getting fined. For more details of our penalty notice scheme, click on the penalty notice link.

 It is extremely important that your child attends school regularly.  This is your legal duty as a parent, and parents whose children have a lot of time off - for whatever reason - will be referred to the attendance and welfare officer to see if we can help you improve this.  If you are not sure if your child is really sick enough to miss school, just tell us when you drop them off and we will ring you if they need to be collected later in the day.

It is against the law to take holidays in term time.  You will be fined £60 per child any holdiay taken in term time - even if this is to visit sick relatives abroad. Children who tkae holidays in term time will risk losing their place in school.  Under no circumstances will leave be given to take holidays during the school term. for more information, click on  our penalty notice link.


Our governors are representatives of the parish, the Diocese of London, the area Deanery, parents, school staff and the local community. They meet regularly each term and more frequently in smaller subcommittees. They have responsibility for overseeing the organisation, curriculum and budget of the school. The day-to-day running of the school is entrusted to the Headteacher and staff.

 The curriculum

At St Matthias we teach a curriculum that is exciting, fun and imaginative. Walk into any of our classrooms and you can expect to find children engaged in thinking, questioning and learning. More detailed information about our curriculum is avilable on the sub menu of the yellow tab. 


Queen Victoria admires a model steam train


Children reproduce  Utcelli's picture of St George and the dragon


Children perform at the Bangladeshi New Year Festival

A child handles a scorpian during a visit from 'the bug man'

 The National Curriculum provides both the content and the framework for most of what we teach your child at St Matthias Primary School.  In the Early Years,  your child will follow the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. When your child enters Year 1 they will begin to follow the full Primary Curriculum. They will spend most of their time learning English, Mathematics and Science, as well as ICT, RE, history, geography, music, art, PE, design and technology and citizenship.  Key Stage One of the National Curriculum is completed in Years 1 and 2, with SATs (Standardised Assessment Tasks) undertaken in Reading, Writing and Mathematics when children are aged 7. Key Stage Two is followed in Years 3-6, with further SATs taken when children are 11, just before they leave primary school. In key stage two, in addition to learning the subject listed above, the children also learn French.

Learning to read

Our top priority is teaching your child to read well and to enjoy reading.  We do this in many different ways.

  •  we teach children the sounds that the different letters make (phonics) using the 'ReadWrite Inc.' scheme - see here for more information of this highly successful approach
  • we teach children to understand and appreciate reading through daily guided reading sessions
  • we teach children to understand how writers structure their writing for maximum effect in literacy lessons
  • we run catch up sessions for children who need a bit of extra help. sometimes these happen during the school day and sometimes before school.
  •  we have a well stocked library and from year 2 -children are expected to read their library book  at home every day and to bring it to school each day. Reading at home is not optional, it is 'homework' and children who fail to do their homework will need to attend the lunchtime reading club in order to catch up.
  • we give children time each day to read on their own for enjoyment. 
  • when children have finished their library book, they take an 'accelerated reader' quiz and earn points for their successes
  • volunteer reading partners from local businesses read with children at lunctimes to build success

For Religious Education (RE), children learn about the six major world faiths Christianity, Buddhism, Isalm, Hinduism, Judaism and Sikhism. They go on trips to find out about churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and gurdwaras. 


Assemblies are occasions of Christian worship and give all pupils the opportunity to reflect upon God's wonderful love for them. Fr Kevin, our parish priest leads an assembly most weeks.  We appreciate that not every child in our school comes from a family with a practising Christian background.  We are sensitive to this and therefore do the best we can to enable every child to participate as fully as possible without compromising their integrity.  This means, for example, that the invitation to pray is an invitation which children can accept or decline as they wish. 

We celebrate the major Christian festivals of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. At Christmas we have a nativity play, on Palm Sunday we have a procession around the school, we have a day of reflection and art focused on Good Friday and a big celebration for Easter. We have a party after school for parents, pupils and staff for Christmas and Easter, and also for the two Muslim festivals of Eid.

We mark the festivals of other faiths, in particular Eid and Diwali.

Out of school hours learning

We are an 'extended school' which means we do more than provide your children with an education between 9am and 3 30.  We have a wide range of other activities happening before and after school, and over lunchtimes - from catch up reading classes, to art, to football to bollywood dancing to majorettes -your child will have many opportunities to extend their learning outside of the school day.  Click on the green clubs tab above to find out more.



 Playcentre and breakfast club

 Breakfast club is operated by the school and is open to all children in year 1 and above and to full time children in the early years - as long as they are happy to be there!  We offer a simple, healthy breakfast of cereal, toast and fruit for a small charge to cover the cost of the food.  There is no charge for the childcare provided.

 The school runs an after school 'playcentre' at St Matthias that is used by children from various local primary schools.  This is for children aged 5 and over only.  Here children have access to a range of arts, crafts and physical activities, as well as being given space to just 'play'.  Playcentre runs from 3 :30 to 6pm daily in term time.  Admission to playcentre is not an automatic right for children at St Matthias school and you need to apply directly to the playcentre manager if you would like a place for your child.  She is available every day between 3 40 and 4pm.  The school charges for this service - see the centre manager for current charges.

 Ofsted and Church School reports

You can read our latest Ofsted report here

Because we are a church school, we also have an inspection every 3 years to see the difference being a church school makes to our life here together.  You can read our latest report here.

School development plan

Each year, we reflect on what has gone well and what we could do even better - you help us with this by filling out your parental questionnaire. You can see the results of this also on this yellow tab. We then plan how to build on our successes and improve further.  You can read what we plan to improve in 2014-2015 by looking at 'building on our successes' (also on this yellow tab),  or, for in depth detail, request a copy of the development plan from the school office.