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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


Secondary School

Photo of Victoria LinsleyVictoria Linsley, Headteacher of the Secondary School, writes:

St Mary Magdalene Academy is a vibrant 11-18 Church of England sponsored school. At its heart is a clear focus on academic achievement together with a commitment to developing globally-minded citizens who can be confident and successful. Please come and walk around the school on a working day to see what a welcoming and purposeful community we are.

The curriculum is thoughtfully planned and resourced to ensure pupils develop good learning habits from Year 7. Teaching staff are exceptionally well qualified and expected to plan with both inspiration and progress in mind in order to get the best out of every child. GCSE Options classes from Year 9 onwards are kept to no more than 25 and all core subjects are taught in streams.

“Teachers aim high and plan carefully. Pupils know they are expected to work hard… they are constantly challenged to deepen their understanding” – Ofsted 2013.

Enrichment activities are an important part of life at St Mary Magdalene and all pupils have the opportunity to participate in an enormous variety of activities, changing every 9 weeks. For example, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, sports, music, drama, chess, debating and Latin.

Pastoral care is well thought out with a House structure which encourages pupils to mix across year groups and creates a small school feel. Our ‘flagship’ Guardian Groups of 15 pupils, rather than a conventional form group of 30, underpins our philosophy to nurture pupils, notice their qualities, celebrate successes and support them to develop.

Happiness is important to us. Our motto – Show by a good life that your works are done by gentleness born of wisdom, from James 3:13 – is at the core of our values.

I look forward to seeing you in the Secondary School.

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