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Martin Wroe

martin wroeWhat type of governor are you? Appointed by the sponsor, the London Diocesan Board for Schools.

Why are you a governor of St Mary Magdalene Academy? A while back, when my eldest son was five, I got involved in a campaign to establish a new church secondary school in Islington &150; I was thinking about where my kids would go to secondary school. The campaign took longer than I anticipated, and my kids are all now at secondary school, but it was such a good thing to be involved in that I never managed to quite move on.

Which subject at school did you love best – and why? Religious education, because even though the subject had a pretty dull reputation, the teacher was the coolest in the school.

What’s your favourite book of all time? Today my favourite books of all time are: Wishful Thinking (Frederich Buechner); Staying Alive / Being Alive (ed. Neil Astley); A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irvine); Gilead (Marilynne Robinson), The Polysyllabic Spree (Nick Hornby) and The Turning (Tim Winton).

Who was your most memorable / inspiring teacher at school? Andy Cooper. Combined friendship with authority, learning with wit. The best teachers don’t just teach you, they inspire you.

What’s your favourite: chocolate or ice cream? The one I’m eating.

What are your hopes for St Mary Magdalene Academy? I’d love it to be a place where children from across Islington discover their passion in life and how to become the person they were made to be. I’d love it to be a place where the story of faith is inspiring and not divisive, is inclusive and not sectarian, is a poem and not a prescription. I’d love students to leave feeling that they are equal citizens of God’s good world, eager to look after the planet and each other.


Photograph in the Community Art Project by the parent of Lois

Private view This year's Community Art Project has inspired a fantastic number of entries from pupils, parents, staff and our wider school community