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St Mary Magdalen’s is a Catholic, Voluntary Aided Primary School with a Nursery. It is situated in the centre of Brighton, very close to the main shopping thoroughfare of Western Road.

St Mary Magdalen’s is a small, vibrant, close and happy school with a safe, caring and inclusive environment where all of the children and staff know one another. The school has a wonderfully dedicated team of staff that provide outstanding quality of care and work incredibly hard to teach to exceptionally high standards in everything that we do.

The main building dates from 1968 – we have a nursery class and then seven other classes which range from Reception to Year 6.

We have three different playgrounds and a small environmental area, but no playing fields of our own. We have a large, airy, multi-purpose hall and recent extensions have added additional learning areas, an extra classroom and a smaller room, which is used for specialist group teaching or counselling.

Children at St Mary Magdalen’s come from a wide range of backgrounds; we are a Catholic school but welcome a number of children from different faiths and religions.

We teach the children to respect and value differences, recognising that each person is created in God’s image and, as such, is unique and special.

 Our Mission Statement is at the heart of our core values and ethos.  We are an inclusive school guided by Gospel Values in ensuring that all pupils have equal access and opportunities for learning.  Our vision is a school where every child achieves through a relentless focus on high quality teaching and learning.  Ensuring all children make good or better progress in reading, writing and numeracy is one of our core purposes.  All staff will consistently use the most effective methods for teaching these basic skills. 

Underpinning this will be:

  • outstanding day-to-day assessment and marking of children’s work
  • first rate systems for tracking, identifying and celebrating children’s progress
  • an exciting, relevant and inspiring curriculum
  • excellent support for the needs of each child

Classrooms will be vibrant, supportive and welcoming.  They will be full of children motivated by positive, well-paced and purposeful lessons.  These lessons will be delivered by staff that are passionate about the children’s success.  Every parent / carer will be able to feel proud of their child’s achievements and will know exactly what these are.  Clear guidance will be given about the best ways to support children with learning out of school.  Every child will have the best possible start.  We ensure that children have a strong pupil voice in every aspect of school life.

We work in partnership with parents and carers and very much value the support and contribution they make to our school life. Our parents play a crucial role in maintaining the relationship between parish, home and school.

Our curriculum has been carefully designed to develop our five key skills;

  • Creative thinking
  • Communication
  • Questioning
  • Perseverance
  • Teamwork

We believe in ensuring that the children receive a well-rounded and broad curriculum where individual talents can be spotted and nurtured  to ensure that all children experience success, develop confidence and are challenged to achieve their very best. We aim to help our children become lifelong learners and to foster a passion for learning and curiosity that will enable them to develop high aspirations and a lifetime of memories and achievements.


We are members of The Brighton City Partnership for Education. Please click on the logo to visit their website-


Please click here to view the Brighton City Partnership for Education website.

Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School is also a member of the Sussex Coast Teaching School Alliance (SCTSA).  Sussex Coast TSA will take a lead role in helping schools across the city and beyond to develop and improve.  In particular working with schools to develop leadership, train new teachers and drive up standards.  For more information please see the link below:


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