St.Stephen's School

Polly Toynbee

St. Stephen's is Celebrated!                                                                                

As a federation we are very proud of all the hard work we do.

In particular, our children's centre work relentlessly to support our local community.

We were thrilled to have this recognised by Polly Toynbee, a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, in her book called The Lost Decade.

Her book is described as 'An authoritative survey of 2010–20: what went wrong, what went right, and what's next for Britain'. 

The Lost Decade offers a look to what lies ahead for our country after a challenging decade and bringing hope for better to come.

It is this hopefulness where Polly celebrates the work of St. Stephens.

Here are some quotes from an extract on page #323 that highlights the commitment of the Primary, Nursery and Children's Centre.


Having children from the birth, with any problems sorted out very early, draws in parents and relatives to share in the children’s lives and learning.

 The Year 6’s, ready to move on from primary school, are reading out their stories, many are remarkable sophistication – and all in the neatest handwriting.

This place is my home! My family!

You can’t help beaming at the pleasure parents and children take in being there, at the warmth with which it embraces whole families.