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Pioneered by George Stephenson, rail transport was one of the most important technological inventions of the 19th century and a key component of the Industrial Revolution.

Built by George and his son Robert’s company Robert Stephenson and Company, at factories on North Road, Darlington the Locomotion No. 1 was the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line, the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825.

In 1821, a parliamentary bill was passed to allow the building of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR). The 25-mile (40 km) railway connected collieries near Bishop Auckland to the River Tees at Stockton, passing through Darlington on the way.

The original plan was to use horses to draw coal carts on metal rails, but after company director Edward Pease met Stephenson, he agreed to change the plans. Stephenson surveyed the line in 1821 and assisted by his eighteen-year-old son Robert, construction began the same year.

Stephenson College Manager – Mrs Coltman

Stephenson College pride ourselves on the consistency of care, guidance and support we offer our students. We have high expectations regarding behaviour and attitude to learning, to enable all of our students to work to the best of their ability and achieve their full potential. We expect all members of Stephenson to make a positive contribution, be kind and support others. We are particularly proud that Stephenson won both the Swimming Gala and Sports Day last year.

We are now looking forward to what we can achieve this year.