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This is a nurturing environment where children, staff, parents and governors know each other and share a common understanding of the School’s purpose – to ‘aim high’ and through shared understanding of Gospel values, ensure that the potential of every child is fully achieved. Our children are happy, sociable, well-behaved and value our diversity, which enriches everything we do. We are recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the local authority and are confident this will be endorsed at our next Ofsted inspection.

Head Teacher

 14th July 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

As we approach the end of another busy year, I would like to personally thank you for the support you have given me in my first year as Head Teacher at St Mary Magdalen’s. Without the support of parents, governors and staff, the school would not be as successful as it is year on year.

The children will be bringing home their end of year School Reports today.

The staff have, as always, worked extremely hard to provide your children with the best education we can give them. We try to ensure that we give the pupils as much as we can to become citizens of the world. Using a skills- based curriculum, school educational visits and speakers into the school, we help give them a rounded education and to be good citizens with lifelong skills. This was evident when Year 6 went on their annual school journey- where many other adults from the centre remarked how impressed they were with the manners and conduct Year 6 exhibited throughout the week.

Since I was appointed, all our pupils have had a chance to join a club, which have been run voluntarily by all staff. This was my vision and is something I am passionate about for our children. In September, all of Year 6 will have an appointed mentor which will be one of our staff. They will be there to guide them and mentor them throughout the year. Our children have also been great role models in Church with the older pupils guiding our younger pupils during Mass. This will continue and Year 4 will be involved next term.

We have only two teaching staff changes: Mr Pinks will move to Year 3 and Miss Antwi will take her class up to Year 4. Mrs Saunders and Miss McKune will continue to job share in Year 6 which will ensure continuity.

We are sadly saying goodbye to Mrs Waite as she is starting her retirement in July. We wish her well in her new role as a loving Grandma. I would personally like to thank her as she has been such an important part of our school. She has seen many families throughout their time at St Mary Magdalen’s and she has been such a support since I started in 2012. I cannot imagine school life without her as she is irreplaceable. However, we have appointed a new lady for the school office, called Ms Anne O’Connor so please make her welcome in September. She has had a hand over time last week and is really looking forward to starting with us.

We are also saying goodbye to Spark from Artis who is going to pursue a performing career so we will be welcoming Ben Penfold from the same company in September.

I would like to give an overview of our results this year although they will not be officially confirmed until October. We have had three visits for external moderation which means that every key stage has been assessed and the moderators are from other schools in Lewisham. All of the moderators agreed with our staff and therefore our judgements have been seen as reliable and honest.

Our EYFS stage has achieved 80% at Good Level of Development (GLD), this compares well with last year’s results which were 79.3 % at GLD.

Year 1 Phonics screening- 93% of our Year 1 pupils were deemed to be successful.

Year 2- Key Stage One tests are based on teacher assessments alongside national tests. In the assessments for Reading, Writing and Maths our results compare very favourably to last year’s with 88.5% achieving the expected standards for both Reading and Writing. In Maths, 96% of our Year 2 pupils achieved the expected standard. Comparing last year’s results, which were R=92%, W= 92%  M= 96% the only difference being 1 pupil in Reading and Writing. Maths is the same as last year. 

In Year 6, 100% of our pupils achieved the expected standard in Reading and Maths and 96% in Writing. These results show that 96% of our pupils achieve the expected standards across all three subjects. This compares with 88% from last year and keeps the school in a very high position within Lewisham and nationally. Nationally, 61% of pupils achieved Expected standards in all three subjects. 

These results across the school would not have been achieved, without parental support with homework and supporting the school through educational visits and school life. We believe that with God’s help, we can ensure our pupils are given the best life chances, which they deserve. We pray that our children become independent and self-motivated learners, who will always have a love of learning. 

We hope the children enjoy the holidays and with God’s grace they will return in September with the belief they can achieve anything with yours and our support. 

Thank you for your continued support.

God Bless.

Mrs S Saunders   Head Teacher       and Mr D McGrath  Chair of Governors


Links to previous Head Teacher's Newsletters

5th May 2017