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  • St Mary Magdalene Academy Primary School
    Liverpool Road
    N7 8PG
  • Head: Ruth Luzmore
  • 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 the whole school acting and dancing the play...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Ruth Luzmore (30s) has brought enthusiasm, warmth, appreciation and energy to this small primary school. Memories of a very happy primary education led her to teaching. She studied in the evenings at Birkbeck College for a degree in politics, philosophy and history whilst earning a living in the daytime. She has continued working days and studying evenings since, gaining a masters in leadership at the Institute of Education whilst working as deputy head in another Islington primary school and now, as head of St Mary Magdalene Academy (SMMA) Primary, she is working towards a PhD in enquiry-based professional development. She says, ‘It is good to have a life outside the job, which otherwise can be all-consuming.’

Her commitment to working hard and the importance of education for social change...

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