Welcome to the Primary School
"Everyone knows everyone in this small, friendly school with different year groups playing together and parents who are involved. A really solid, well-planned education with plenty of extracurricular clubs and activities, creating articulate, thinking pupils who have been listened to and encouraged to engage in, and have meaningful conversations about, all their learning."
Good Schools Guide
St Mary Magdalene Academy includes a one form entry Primary for children ages 4 to 11. Situated in a modern building, but with a long history, the Primary is a happy and ambitious place to learn and work.
We have high aspirations for all pupils at the Academy. Our governors, staff, families, and pupils all strive towards our core purpose: ensuring our pupils are happy and successful.
We take great pride in the arrangement of our curriculum, the foundations of which are built on embedding core knowledge in literacy and mathematics. A carefully structured curriculum ensures that our pupils attain the highest standards, leaving Year 6 with both strong attainment and progress from their starting points.
A strength of the Primary is the breadth of our curriculum. Units of Inquiry provide a structured, integrated, and thematic approach that delivers this challenging, broad, and balanced curriculum. As a church Academy, we are committed to providing high-quality religious education. Furthermore, specialist teachers, often from the Secondary, 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 the Academyl. 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 supports all the school’s efforts.
It is a privilege to have joined St Mary Magdalene Academy as Head of Primary in September 2021. 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 all in our community to provide a rich and welcoming environment so that our pupils flourish.
We welcome visitors and look forward to showing you our school.
Laurence Standing, Head of Primary
Our school motto
"Show by a good life that your works are done by gentleness born of wisdom"
is at the heart of our values and everyday actions.