Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

01772 742351


St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Let the light of Jesus shine through, in all we think and say and do.

About Us


Message from the headteacher

On behalf of the staff, pupils and governors of St Mary Magdalen I would like to welcome you to our school website.   St Mary Magdalen’s is a consistently high achieving school in Penwortham with an experienced staff team committed to making your child’s time at school successful, worthwhile and enjoyable. We offer a stimulating education in an atmosphere of Christian care and love.  We value all our children and celebrate the uniqueness of them all and all they have to offer.

Our last Ofsted inspection judged us to be outstanding in every area but we are a school that is not complacent and we constantly strive to improve and to make our school the very best it can be.  Above you can download a slideshow that gives a flavour of the many different aspects of school life.  I feel privileged to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school with such well behaved and thoughtful children.

I hope that you find all the information on the website that you are looking for and that you will make this one of your favourites. If you have any unanswered questions or would simply like to see the school in action please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Diane Gallagher

St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School
Buller Avenue

01772 742351


Our Vision


"We try to love God and each other, by following the way of Jesus through our prayers, actions and always trying our best."

Our Mission

"At St. Mary Magdalen's CatholicSchool we aim to provide a happy, caring community where every child is valued as an individual and can flourish. With Jesus at the centre and His values proclaimed, we prepare them for life's journey."

Academic Achievement

Reports from three Ofsted reports confirm the consistently high quality education provided in our school:
  • S.A.T.s results show St. Mary Magdalen's school consistently exceeds its targets and are well above the national average.

  • The provisions for pupils with Special Educational Needs is very good and as a result many achieve the expected level 4 in English and Science when they leave school at the end of Year 6.

  • An outstanding partnership with the local secondary school (All Hallows) helps Year 6 pupils to be thoroughly prepared for their next school.

  • It is our aim that every child should be encouraged to achieve his or her full potential. The teachers at St. Mary Magdalen's work very hard to make this possible.

Ofsted 2009 

Our last Ofsted inspection was in April 2009 and I am pleased to say that we were judged to be Outstanding. 

"The quality of teaching and learning is outstanding. Teachers know their pupils very well, track their progress carefully and ensure that learning activities challenge and inspire the pupils."


"This is a very well run and happy school and richly deserves the accolades of parents and carers because it provides an excellent education for all its pupils."


To read the report in full please click on the PDF document above.

RE Inspection


In September 2009 we were inspected by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The reports opens...

"St Mary Magdalen is an outstanding school. It is an open, welcoming, caring Catholic Community. Every child obviously matters and happiness is certainly at the centre as all are encouraged to maximise their potential and worth. A very strong Catholic ethos is certainly evident in the positive climate whichhas been created for work."

The full report can be seen be clicking on the PDF link above.