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Turf Cutting Ceremony

Official Turf Cutting at St Matthew’s Church of England Primary and Nursery Academy

The new Bishop of Exeter, Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell and Councillor Tudor Evans presided over the official turf cutting ceremony, held to mark the start of building work on St Matthew’s Church of England Primary and Nursery Academy in Derriford.


I am thrilled to be here to turn the soil and mark the next step in the creation of our new academy. Our vision is for a new school which will both serve the community and help to strengthen it,

as well as ensuring children reach their full potential” enthused the Rt Rev’d Robert Atwell.


St. Matthew’s CofE Primary and Nursery Academy, part of the Diocese of Exeter, is part funded by the Department of Education and Plymouth City Council and run by the Diocese’s St. Christopher’s Primary Multi Academy Trust (MAT).  Ensuring there are sufficient primary school places for Plymouth’s growing population, it will eventually take 90 pupils a year through a three form entry with the capacity for 630 pupils aged 4 – 11, plus a 27 place nursery.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love that you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10