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St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Nurturing hearts and minds


 On behalf of the staff, pupils and governors of St Mary Magdalen's I would like to welcome you to our school website.   St Mary Magdalen’s is a consistently high achieving, over subscribed 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.

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 D Gallagher


  • Wedding day joy
  • Last Friday, after a year of working towards it, Year 3 were rewarded with their very own rockstar party!
  • Thank you seems very inadequate for all the many gifts and good wishes I heave received. I have been totally overwhelmed and am very grateful.
  • Year 5 have worked hard on their times tables all year so we celebrated with a very fun activity.
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My last blog, I can scarcely believe it.  Even though I have preparing for leaving for a year it still feels a little unreal.  I walked for two hours with the dog the other night and realized I had thought about school the whole time.  I wonder what my head will be filled with after next week.  Loose Women and Hello Magazine?  I think not.  Many of you have asked if I have plans.  I do have vague plans to support other headteachers and offer some training to  schools.  It will be very part time though and I will be allowing myself the luxury of term time holidays.

I have already had so many cards, emails, surprise visitors and gifts from very kind people.  The truth is though the greatest gift I have had is the time I have had at  Mary Magdalen’s.  I consider myself so lucky to have led such a wonderful school for eleven years. People often talk about the family feel to the school and it really is very much a school family where children are loved and cared for and where talented staff encourage and inspire the children to be the best they can be.

Over the years the staff team has evolved and grown.  Supporting other schools,  training student teachers and the growth of Children’s Club has provided school with the resources to increase the number of teaching assistants and special needs assistants.   I consider that the appointments I have made to that staff team and their development  are my greatest achievements. I can honestly say this staff team are the most talented I have worked with but also the kindest and the most fun.  I will miss them greatly but know that we will stay in touch.

Mrs McKinnon is very much looking forward to taking over as headteacher in September and I know that this wonderful staff will support her and continue to work just as hard for each and everyone of your children.  I know that the parental community will also welcome her warmly.

Thank you for your love and support over the years.  I wish you and your children health, happiness and success.  May God bless you all.

Diane Gallagher

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