St Jude's Church of England Primary School

Matt Jones

I joined St Jude's in 2018 because it was the most engaging, lively and dynamic school I have come across.

What is your educational background?

I studied Politics and Social History at Swansea University, and completed a PGCE at the University of Roehampton.

What inspired you to work at St Jude's and what do you bring?

When I first visited the school I was struck by a a sense of calm, but purposeful learning. I think the emphasis on collaborative learning is key to providing children with the skills to succeed in the 21st century.  I feel I can bring experiences from outside the teaching world to St Jude's;  I spent 20 years as a correspondent at the Reuters news agency, before beginning my PGCE and training to become a teacher. I was a school governor of a primary school in West London and spent 7 years as a director of the management committee of the building complex where I live.

What are your interests?

I am a keen cyclist and enthusiastic skier and have recently taken up swimming laps where I can combine getting fit with listening to the hits of the 1970s thanks to the wonders of underwater technology! My guilty pleasure is “The Great British Bake Off"