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I understand

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.




Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.

Mahatma Gandhi



When I discover I am wrong I change my mind. What do you do?

John Maynard Keynes



Education is the great engine of personal development.

Nelson Mandela


Welcome to our website

St Mary Magdalene Academy is made up of two schools: the Primary School and the Secondary School (including the Sixth Form). The Academy is sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and is a Christian community of learning which aims to nurture young people to become high achievers and to discover their vocation in a global society. We welcome pupils and students from all faiths and none to our schools, which strive to be inspirational communities of learning focused on happy, successful children.

Our motto is: Show by a good life that your works are done by gentleness born of wisdom (James 3:13).

The motto succinctly captures our aspirations and our focus on developing a set of values which will allow our young people to grow into model, contributory citizens in our local, national and global community. The core values of humility, compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, service, endurance, thankfulness, trust, and hope clearly come from our Christian foundation but are appropriate to a life lived well in any community.

The Courtyard is a free school sponsored by St Mary Magdalene Academy. It opened in 2013 and is a special school for 14-19 year old pupils and students who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or speech language and communication needs.

We see ourselves as a ‘family’ of schools who share not only core values, but also expertise.

We have come to recognise that with the right level of commitment, the impossible can be achieved very quickly; it’s only miracles that take a little longer! We expect that commitment to achieving the impossible from staff, pupils, older students and parents, our experience tells us it can be done, if the desire is great enough!

Our approach to our work can best be summed up in the words of Art Berg, a courageous American tetraplegic:

‘But remember this very important point: the well-lived life is never a destination, but a process. The joy of this adventure is not in finishing it, but in undertaking the journey itself. The joy is in learning how to call forth your courage and your wisdom in times of need. It is in teaching yourself how to grow mentally and spiritually, not in spite of life’s tough times, but because of them.’