Establishment St Mary Magdalene Academy: the Courtyard

URN: 139418

Free schools special

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Holloway Road, Islington, London, N7 8LT
Local authority
Islington (206)
Headteacher / Principal
Headteacher Deborah Shepherd
Phase of education
Not applicable
School type
Free schools special
Academy sponsor
Diocese of London
Gender of entry
URN: 139418, DfE number: 206/7000
UKPRN: 10041657
Establishment status
Admissions policy
Not applicable
Ofsted rating
Good (Last inspection: 10 May 2017)
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Religious character
Does not apply
Not recorded
Religious ethos
Not applicable
Nursery provision
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Has a sixth form
Number of pupils
Section 41 approved
Not applicable
Open date
2 September 2013
Reason establishment opened
New Provision
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not recorded
Special classes
Not recorded
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Date last changed / confirmed
17 November 2021
Type of SEN provision
SLCN - Speech, language and Communication and ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Type of resourced provision
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Chair of trustees

Chair of trustees
Name Appointed by From To
Deborah Higgins Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2021 1 September 2022


Name Appointed by From To
Jade Emmons Appointed by GB/board 7 December 2020 6 December 2024
Zara Collard Appointed by GB/board 7 December 2020 6 December 2024
Ibiyemi Akoto Appointed by GB/board 12 October 2020 11 October 2024
Silan Levelle Appointed by GB/board 12 October 2020 11 October 2024
Jo Honigmann Appointed by GB/board 1 September 2013 31 August 2024
Fajri Aitken Appointed by GB/board 6 July 2020 5 July 2024
Joseph Rondinelli Appointed by GB/board 16 March 2020 15 March 2024
Jen Gallagher Appointed by LA 3 July 2018 2 July 2022
Fiona Crosslands Appointed by GB/board 8 May 2018 7 May 2022
Patricia East Appointed by GB/board 19 March 2018 19 March 2022
Susan Janice Miller-Jones Appointed by GB/board 13 December 2017 12 December 2021


Name Appointed by From
Guy Pope Appointed by academy members 1 September 2013
Jill Coughlan Appointed by academy members 1 September 2013
London Diocesan Board for Education (LDBS) Foundation/sponsor members 27 March 2017
Paul Zaphiriou Appointed by academy members 1 September 2013

Accounting officer

Accounting officer
Name From To
Deborah Shepherd 1 September 2017 Not recorded

Chief financial officer

Chief financial officer
Name From To
Chloe Hamilton 1 September 2021 Not recorded

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Deborah Shepherd Trustee Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 3 October 2017 3 October 2021
Bryony Poynor Chair of trustees Appointed by GB/board 11 December 2018 31 August 2021
Bryony Poynor Member Foundation/sponsor members 18 December 2018 31 August 2021
Ian Ship Chief financial officer N/A 22 July 2013 31 August 2021
Martin Wroe Trustee Foundation/sponsor members 13 December 2017 31 August 2021
Simon Grigg Trustee Foundation/sponsor members 21 February 2017 20 February 2021
Deborah Higgins Trustee Foundation/sponsor members 9 January 2017 8 January 2021
Jo Honigmann Trustee Appointed by GB/board 9 January 2017 8 January 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North-West London and South-Central England
Government office region (GOR)
St Mary's
Parliamentary constituency
Islington South and Finsbury
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban major conurbation
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Islington 013
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Islington 013D
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