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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 mainstream state school for pupils aged from 4 to 19
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Islington
  • Pupils: 1,350
  • 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 parents can’t praise the teaching staff enough and the pupils agree. They are described as hard-working, committed, quick to respond to parents, and they motivate students to learn and to work to their full potential. Most are local, but some have international experience, a few from other European countries. The school has a roof eco garden with a pond, tall grasses for insects, chickens, an aviary and bird feeders with cameras installed by students for filming and observing the hungry visitors, all making the place a mini wildlife haven in the heart of urban Islington. On another part of the building are rooftop sports facilities...

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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)

Curricula

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2005, Paul Hollingum has been executive director of the trust that governs the three SMMA institutions, including the primary and secondary schools and the specialist school for 14-19 year old pupils diagnosed with autism. BA (economics) Wolverhampton Polytechnic; PGCE, Birmingham University, MA (Education) Institute of Education, University of London; previously taught economics, business studies and law in selective and independent schools, deputy head of Wilson’s School, Surrey, head of Raine’s Foundation School, London. This is his first experience of an IB school.

Fair hair and complexion, sparkling blue eyes, he appears approachable and steady; he speaks with humility about what has been achieved in a few short years at SMMA. Describes SMMA as a ‘new breed of church school’; the international dimension of the IB and the notion of...

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