Background Information about our Church
St Stephen's Church was founded in 1870 and was the vision of Harrison Blair who owned the local chemical works. He died in 1871 before the building was completed. The graveyard holds the remains of 19 miners who were killed in the Unity Brook Colliery disaster.
We are a Voluntary Aided Church School. What does that mean?
Some schools are owned and run by the Local Authority. These are called 'Maintained' schools. Other schools are called 'Voluntary' schools. These were built by the Church independently from the Local Authority. Some voluntary schools chose to hand their ownership and control to the Local Authority. These became 'Voluntary Controlled' schools. Others chose to receive their funding through the Local Authority but retain ownership and management of the school. These are called 'Voluntary Aided' schools. St Stephen's is one such school.
As a church school, we have a strong Christian ethos and pride ourselves in the fact that we educate our children in a Christian way of life, upholding Christian values.
Worship in School and Church
Assemblies take place in the school hall on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings before lessons. There is Singing Worship for all children on Tuesdays. On Fridays we celebrate children's achievements in a special assembly to which we invite parents and carers.
Year 6 children are given the opportunity to attend confirmation classes prior to being confirmed. Confirmation classes are offered to children when they enter Year 6.
Sunday services are held at the following times:
Said Communion: Sunday at 8.30 a.m. until 9.30 a.m.
Sung Family Communion: Sunday at 10.00 a.m. until 11.20 a.m.