Ruth Luzmore, Headteacher of the Primary School, writes:
St Mary Magdalene Academy Primary is a one-form entry school for children ages 4 to 11 in the borough of Islington. Situated in a modern building, but with a long history, the school is a happy and ambitious place to learn and work.
We have high aspirations for all pupils at our school. Our governors, staff, families and pupils all strive towards our core purpose: ensuring our pupils attain the highest standards in literacy and maths, leaving our school with both strong attainment and progress from their starting points following the National Curriculum in these subjects.
Units of Inquiry provide a structured, integrated and thematic approach towards delivering a challenging, broad and balanced curriculum. As a church school, we are committed to providing high-quality religious education. Specialist teachers, often from the Secondary school, work throughout the key stages to deliver music, physical education and a wide range of languages.
A vast variety of rich opportunities in which children participate are planned throughout their time at the school. These include a range of extra-curricular clubs, assemblies, trips which take advantage of our location in London and residentials and the chance to perform in our fantastic annual Shakespeare performance. A quick glance through our newsletter archive will give you a flavour of the extended curriculum we offer.
A real sense of community is shared by all at our school. Pupils and staff are proud to attend and work at our school. Staff work together to improve teaching and learning and build strong relationships with families based on mutual support and trust. We are also very fortunate to be supported by an excellent and inclusive PTSA, which support all the school’s efforts.
It is a privilege to have joined St Mary Magdalene Academy as Head of Primary in September 2016. With 10 years’ experience of teaching and leading across the Primary key stages (and most recently five years as a Deputy Headteacher of another Islington Church of England school), I was delighted to accept the position at our popular and well-regarded school and look forward to building on the successes of the previous leadership team.
I believe that high quality education can be a great equalising force in our society; it empowers people and is a key ingredient for their success. I am dedicated to supporting teaching staff at our school develop their practice so they, and therefore our pupils, flourish.
Our school motto: ‘Show by a good life that your works are done by gentleness born of wisdom’ (James 3:13) is at the heart of our values and everyday actions. We look forward to welcoming you.