Who We Are


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St Matthew’s Primary is a popular, well-regarded, happy, energetic, confident and thriving school community offering an all-round education for children age 4-11 years.

Our school is situated in High Town, a historic and culturally diverse area of Luton, very close to the town centre. Many children in our school are bilingual, speaking over 50 languages between them!

We are within walking distance of Luton’s mainline train station, we regularly take children on the train to London, The Mall shopping centre, People’s Park, Wardown Park, Wardown Museum, Luton Town FC, Cineworld at The Galaxy Centre, the Library Theatre amongst others.

St Matthew’s Primary is one of the largest primary schools in Luton, with four classes in each year group, and we usually have waiting lists for most year groups, especially Reception.

The school community totals 840 pupils and approximately 150 staff. Whilst this may seem big, the school is always calm, personal, purposeful and happy … we are a big school with small community habits and pride ourselves on everyone’s well-being being a cornerstone of our ethos. The sense of being in an ambitious, supportive family is often commented on by children, parents and staff alike. Visitors to the school often say what a positive, inclusive, creative, professional, caring, happy and optimistic atmosphere there is … we believe this too.

In such a nurturing environment, no matter what their background or starting points, children learn how to be confident, be excited by learning, be challenged and successful, to find their voice, to think and be thoughtful and learn how to be responsible and to take responsibility. Throughout their time at St Matthew’s, and when they leave, we want our children to know and believe that the opportunities life has to offer are there for everyone and anyone to take, including them … and that they are hungry for learning and life.


St Matthew’s Primary School is a dynamic, multicultural community with our children firmly at the centre of all we do.

The school is committed to ensuring that the aspirations of each child who walks through our doors grow and that they are given the skills both academically and socially to thrive.

The school’s aim is to create a culture of aspiration, opportunity, security, thoughtfulness and confidence and to show children what is possible and on offer if they seek, imagine, endeavour, work hard, practise, enjoy, think, collaborate, persevere and challenge themselves … and others.

The school recognises children as individuals and our broad-based curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities offer all children the chance to explore the world of learning and find their own passions and interests alongside academic skills.

This is achieved by the school, parents, children, governors and the wider community working together in partnership with shared goals and ambition, with integrity, with creativity, passion and dedication.

St. Matthew’s Primary School
Wenlock Street

Tel: 01582 723970
Fax: 01582 451961
E-mail: admin.stmatthews@smps.uk

Headteacher: Ms J. Thomas
Deputy Headteacher: Mrs V. Rayner
Assistant Headteachers:
Mrs R. Bardon  Mr A. Bell  Mrs N. Crawford
Mrs N. Kingston  Mr J. Parker

Chair of Governors: Mrs Tina Edwards