Welcome to St Mary’s
A Message from the Headteacher
Welcome to St Mary Magdalene CE Primary‘s new and updated website. We are delighted that you’ve shown an interest in our school and hope that you find the website useful.
St Mary Magdalene CE Primary School is a one form entry school located in the flourishing and diverse area of Peckham. Please browse the website to discover the recent achievements, future events and for a flavour of what pupils of this school are currently involved in.About Our School
Be the Best I Can Be
Our mission is to make school a calm but exciting place to be, where children feel safe and special and where the goodness of Jesus Christ is shown by example. This is embodied in our motto, “Be the best I can be”, children and staff are encouraged to:
• Be encouraged to do their best
• Want to learn and enjoy all school activities
• Be confident enough to make choices
• Be proud of what they do
Teaching & Learning
At St. Mary Magdalene School our purpose is to create a happy, positive working environment which engages and motivates children through the delivery of a creative curriculum. Staff and children feel valued, supported and appreciated and by focusing on the development of the ‘whole child’ we are equipping children with the tools to become lifelong learners.Find Out More
• Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
• Always put the children first when making decisions
• Our style is to lead but not ‘run’ the school
• …..so take responsibility
• Our roles are functions, not status
• …..so respect and value each other’s roles
• We’re employed for our strengths
• …..so declare mistakes and cover for each other’s weaknesses
• Personal development is important
• …..so be coached not criticised
• …..and leaders be generous with your time
• Be inclusive, not exclusive, in all your internal and external dealings
• We achieve through the power of teams, enabling each other to perform extraordinarily
• Always offer a wise opinion, clearly and calmly expressed, on education matters
• …..but never be judgemental about children, parents, each other or other schools
• Choose a positive, growth mind-set offering solutions and encouragement
• If you enhance your leaders and enable your followers, our commitment is that you will be noticed
• It does not have to be a ‘work/life = a win/lose’ situation
• …..life in all its fullness is a goal worth pursuing
Take a Tour
Words from Children, Parents & Visitors
We take great delight in planning with teachers at St Mary Magdalene School where the children are taken on fantastical journeys through quality literature. The excitement of sloths arriving in class, vines appearing upon walls, bears who play the piano and young boys who create grand designs have ignited a passion for reading and writing in the children (and the teachers!). We love seeing such high quality outcomes where all of the curriculum for English is creatively embedded. Just wonderful!
Pippa Agyemang, Literacy Consultant, The Literacy Tree
I really, really enjoyed Sports Day when we played basketball shoot outs and did long jump. They were fun!
It was an absolute pleasure working with your teachers and children. The extremely high levels of mutual respect between teachers and children was very evident in each of the classes I worked with. I was very impressed by the instinctive way children supported and encouraged each other to do their best.
Andy Markwick, Science Consultant.
One child described collective worship as “a place where I can calm down and be peaceful and learn more about God and Jesus”.
I am very grateful to all the teachers who have helped my daughter settle into her new school and the effort and progress she has achieved over the year.
I would love to have come to this school. It’s just a great school!
I spent a lovely day with the staff team and pupils at Mary Magdalene. I received a warm welcome from everyone, and felt like a core member of the team which is a lovely feeling when you only spend a day at a school. The children listened to me and participated by answering my questions about the types of devises they are using and games they are playing whilst at home. They also shared with me their worries and negative experiences whilst they are online at home. The one key message that we want all children to know is that they can get help from us all, parents, a key adult in their life and the school team, if they are worried about something they have experienced online.
Teresa Hughes, Online Safety Co-ordinator
I really enjoyed my visit to St Mary Magdalene Primary School. I liked the warm atmosphere and the beautiful displays. The children were very enthusiastic about writing their own stories.
Ifeoma Onyefulu, Author
As an artist educator I have been delighted to see that an appreciation of the importance of creativity lies at the heart of this school. The projects I have taught the children empower pupils through creative thinking skills such as problem-solving, spatial awareness, motor skills, aesthetic appreciation and most importantly by inspiring their imaginative thinking. The pupils have responded impressively to complex ideas in 2D and 3D work with great interest and maturity. Project outcomes have revealed levels of skill that excel beyond those that would normally be expected.
Ed Gray, Artist and Educator
We can enjoy one another’s religions and get respect here.
Huge thanks to everyone at the wonderful St Mary Magdalene for making me feel so welcome today – and for being so very warmly responsive and creative in the workshops. Such great poems from Years 1-6 in the Finale at the end of the day too – congratulations!
James Carter – Poet