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  • St Mary Magdalene Academy Primary School
    Liverpool Road
    N7 8PG
  • Head: Laurence Standing
  • T 020 7697 0123
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 11.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Islington
  • Pupils: 210
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 2
    • 1 Short inspection 10th January 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 15th 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 16th June 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: St Mary Magdalene Academy

What says..

Pupils encouraged to have ‘intellectual conversations around themes, so that the year 6 conflict module started with Middle Ages and battles and moved right on to Trump and Kim Jong Un’. Parents said that ‘kids become obsessed with the theme for six or seven weeks, we prepare it during the holidays, discuss it over meal times - they are always thinking about it. It gives them a chance to really get into a subject in depth’. Pupils, plus parents and teachers, all look forward to the annual Shakespeare production that involves...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Laurence Standing, previously deputy head. He has taught internationally and in the UK for over 20 years and joined St Mary Magdalene Academy in 2008, working in both the secondary and primary school.


Priority to looked-after children, then those who regularly attend one of the three local churches - St Mary Magdalene, St Luke’s or St David’s - then residents of Islington who attend another church, then siblings (some years as many as half the reception class is made up of siblings), then distance from the school (has been as local as within 0.3 of a mile). Heavily oversubscribed.

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