Unmasked: Extremists who bullied an inspiring primary school headteacher into reversing a ban on hijabs

Zahid Akhtar and livestock

Neena Lall’s success as a headmistress stems from a simple mantra: ‘Every child can,’ she says. And: ‘If they can’t, why can’t they?’

It’s a philosophy which has turned St Stephen’s in Newham, East London, into one of the best primary schools in Britain.

At seven, pupils at St Stephen’s, which tops national league tables, know all their times tables. By ten, they have routinely finished the national curriculum a year early. At 11, SATs results prove they are the best in England at reading, spelling and maths.