Maxine Low is the Headteacher of Brooklands Farm Primary School (3-11 years) that was built in 2010. The school started with 45 children and has expanded to 900 within 8 years. A second primary school was built and opened in 2015 and it is anticipated that within the next 2 years that they will be one of the biggest primaries in England with 1300 pupils and 250 nursery children.
The schools have been built to serve a brand new community. Over 58% of parents live in complete isolation; not being able to name an emergency contact if they were unable to pick up their child from school.
Maxine has been a Headteacher for 19 years and Brooklands Farm is her third Headship. Previously she lead a Nursery School based within an area of high deprivation. This involved establishing a split site school, co-leading with health, establishing a Sure Start Centre and day care provision that sought to break the cycle of deprivation and support families to train and gain qualifications and in turn work.
Maxine’s second Headship, again in an area of high socio-economic deprivation was an infant school where families and teaching staff came together to achieve brilliant platforms for children to thrive. At this school she piloted the ‘Families and Schools Together’ project within an English context.
Maxine is driven by two questions ‘the best ways to learn?’ and therefore ‘the best ways to teach?’. She is an evidenced based practitioner who works tirelessly to learn from others so that she can be a champion for children. She believes passionately that children are ‘strong powerful learners’ and it is her ability as a lead learner to seek out what is best to build our education system to allow them to share their strength.