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Kathryn Davies

kathryn daviesWhat type of governor are you? Co-opted.

Why are you a governor of St Mary Magdalene Academy? I have over 15 years of experience as a businesswoman for a major international company, and now want to use the skills I have gained in helping to create an outstanding secondary school in Islington.

Which subject at school did you love best – and why? German. Learning to speak a language fluently has helped me make many friends abroad and it opened the doors to the poetry and literature of the country, which offset the “drier” subjects I was studying – economics and maths.

What’s your favourite book of all time? The Oxford Book of English Verse.

Who was your most memorable / inspiring teacher at school? Frau Turley. She was a German lady who had married a British soldier after the war; and she was larger than life, uncompromising and extremely committed.

What’s your favourite: chocolate or ice cream? Milk chocolate, eaten on the sofa, with a glass of cold milk and a film on the TV.

What are your hopes for St Mary Magdalene Academy? Students find this an inspiring place where they dare to excel; and leave it both able and willing to contribute to the community in which we live.



Funding for schools: See the Islington Headteachers’ public statement on funding for schools




Photo of the SMMA Book Club on their day out at Deloitte's City headquarters

Book Club For their final meeting of 2016-17, our Book Club took to the road for a day out at Deloitte's City headquarters