Malcolm Drakes is a national leader of education and the executive headteacher of The Learning Federation. Situated in Harold Hill, Romford, this two school federation serves 1,300 pupils in one of Havering's most deprived areas. Malcolm joined Broadford Primary in 2011 when it was in Special Measures. By 2014 it was graded Outstanding. Broadford & Mead federated in 2016. Prior to this headship, Malcolm worked in two other Havering schools, and spent four years overseas teaching in a British School in Saudi Arabia.
When a school wins twice at one of the world’s biggest education awards ceremonies, the sector takes notice. Here, we sit down with Malcolm Drakes, executive headteacher of The Learning Federation, to see how Broadford Primary School has developed since its 2017 victory.