For many years, St. Stephen’s, has enjoyed strong links with the local, Brunel housing estate not least because so many children from the estate attend St. Stephen’s CofE Primary School.
Since 2012, building on these positive foundations and seeking to fulfill our vision, St. Stephen’s has initiated a number of different projects on the estate – one of which has developed into Brunel Tutors.
Led by Mike Moritz, our Community Mission Co-ordinator, and a dedicated team of volunteers, Brunel Tutors is a free after-school tutoring service aimed at families living on or near the Brunel Estate.
Each week, exciting and lively sessions are planned to help young people develop their understanding and skills in either English, Maths or Science. The children learn as a group by having fun, through games, play and competition.
Brunel Tutors meets each Wednesday and Thursday during school term dates from 3.45-5.15pm for any children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. At present there are groups of approximately 20 mixed age children gathering to learn on both days.
In addition, an extra session has now been organised on Wednesdays between 5.15-6.30pm for those studying in Key Stage 3 to offer more one-to-one support with learning, homework and exam revision.
Our hope is – through long term relationship building with children, young people, their families and others living on the estate – we will have the opportunity to provide a relevant and valued service which clearly expresses the love of Jesus to this part of our community.