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  • St Mary Magdalene Academy
    Liverpool Road
    London
    N7 8PG
  • Head: Ms V Linsley
  • T 020 7697 0123
  • E firstcontact@smmacademy.org
  • W www.smmacademy.org
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Islington
  • Pupils: 1,140; sixth formers: 240
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 10th January 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 16th May 2013

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 17th June 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The school has no qualms about saying that it has ‘a clear focus on academic achievement’ and it works to develop ‘globally-minded citizens who are happy and successful’. For financial reasons it has stopped teaching the IB, but the ethos has strongly influenced the curriculum and teaching. Inspire programme includes masterclasses (talks by Jeremy Corbyn and Nick Robinson recently, and the Grayson Perry talk was a sellout)...

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What the school says...

A one class primary with a much larger intake at 11

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Psychology at an English Comprehensive School (IBO Higher level component)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Chinese at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2012, Vicky Linsley (late 40s): since she joined the school as deputy head in 2008 much credit must go to her for the transformation of this school to a highly oversubscribed ‘extremely well run’ school with fantastic results, supported pupils, and teachers who stay because they are proud to be at SMMA. Vicky Linsley was a scholarship child who went on to do history at Nottingham and then to Oxford for a masters degree and her teaching qualification. She taught and then worked freelance while her two children were little, consulting in schools that were in special measures - ‘an opportunity to learn what works and what doesn’t and bringing about change’ - and she still inspects schools with Ofsted and works as a consultant with schools looking to improve.
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