Mayfield School

“Better never ends”

Project run by CASBA

General information


There is a primary school and a secondary school on two different sites in the Lozells area


Simon Harris is the interim Head Teacher.


Mayfield school has 280 pupils, who are supported by over 130 members of staff


Their pupils have a range of learning disabilities.


Their pupils are between the ages of 3 and 19


The school shares a site with mainstream schools Holte Secondary and Lozells Primary.

Early days

Mayfield School opened in 1967 as Mayfield Educationally Subnormal School.
It had two sites in the Lozells area; Heathfield Road (primary) and Villa Street (secondary).

The primary school is still in the same place, but the secondary school moved to Wheeler Street in 2009.

Three schools share the site on Wheeler Street; Mayfield Secondary, Holte School and Lozells Primary.


The first Head Teacher was Michael Duncan.

The Secretary was Mrs Margaret Conlon. She was born in Heathfield Maternity Hospital.

The hospital used to be where the primary school is now.
There were 70 pupils when the school opened. In the early 1990s, there were 90 pupils.

Famous pupil

Abdirizak Hirsi

In 2013, one of their pupils, Abdirizak Hirsi,
won five episodes of daytime TV show Countdown.


The school’s motto was changed last year. It is now

“Better Never Ends”

This shows that the school will try to improve the experiences of students and their parents every day.

Before that, it was “Children, families, staff, community”.
The school’s logo also changed quite recently.

Our stories

Sudarshan Kaur Abrol MBE

Mrs Abrol was born and educated in Pakistan. She came to England in 1963.

Sudarshan worked hard to build a career in Special Education, inspired by her daughter, who has cerebral palsy.

In 1983, she became the first woman of Asian heritage to be appointed as Head Teacher of a special school in Birmingham. She was Head Teacher at Mayfield School for 14 years.

Mrs Abrol felt it was her responsibility to make sure children were cared for, as well as educated. She helped parents with welfare advice and got funding for new community facilities.

Sudarshan Abrol was awarded the MBE for community service in 1988.

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