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Aruna Patel

Following in the steps of his father, we have proudly entrusted our 3 year old son to begin his journey in Education at St Stephens Nursery. St Stephens School has been at the heart of the Broadgate Community for many years. It is a remarkable second home to our children, welcoming people from all faith backgrounds and cultures, whilst providing a firm foundation of British Christian Values and empowering our children with an excellent opportunity to educate and 'Aspire to Greatness.'


My name is Aruna Patel. I studied Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A level. My plan was to be a doctor, specifically a paediatrician as I have always wanted to work with children. However, as a vegetarian who gets very queasy at the sight of any blood, I had to quickly rethink. Making a huge U turn in life, I chose to study Theology at Westminster College Oxford. I was the only Hindu at my school and often felt quite lost. Fortunately, my Church of England Primary school helped me understand my spiritual connection with God and the peace giving values that all cultures and religions share. Theology helped me further consolidate my beliefs, after which I naturally went on to become a primary school class teacher; a vocation that I have very much enjoyed.


I am so very pleased both as a member of the local community and as a parent, to join the Governing Body at St Stephens School. With a 12 year background in Primary Education and having taught in a variety of schools around the country, I endeavour to support St Stephen's hardworking team and offer my professional skills where needed. I have a wealth of teaching experience and have coordinated a range of Primary subjects including Design and Technology, Science, Religious Education and Healthy Schools,working mostly in Key Stage 2.
Though I do intend to return to education in the near future, at this precious moment, I am enjoying the little time I have left with my son before he begins school full time. For me ‘Parenthood,’ has been a whole new roller coaster education! It has further equipped me with understanding, new skills and utmost respect for all parents and carers, as each new day and milestone in my child young life brings both exhausting challenges and boundless joy. I look forward to meeting you all in this journey at this wonderful school.