GCSE results
August 22, 2019, 12:03 pm
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Congratulations to our seven children who received their Maths GCSE results this morning: 2 @ grade 5, 3 @ grade 4 and 2 @ grade 3. Grade 4 upwards count as “passes”, which is incredible for children so young, grade 5s: superb and the grade 3s, too, are tremendous achievements for children taking the exams five years early.

I have seen, over the years, the impact of this at secondary school and any child who reaches grade 3 at primary school tends to do very well indeed at the subject, invariably in the top sets, at secondary school.

Over the last seven years, Hey with Zion has had 42 pupils achieve grade 4 or C upwards in Maths GCSE.

Thank you to parents and of course the teaching staff who have supported the children in this. I think we have something special going on here and intend to keep it going.

The children enter these exams voluntarily in the spirit of enjoying the challenge, knowing that the prize of a GCSE pass so young is a lovely thing to have, but the most important thing for them is to do well at secondary school. They also know that the worst that can happen is that they do better at secondary school than they would have done if they hadn’t taken on the challenge.

I am proud of every one of them.

August 17, 2019, 9:52 am
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There is nothing more important that a primary school does, academically, than the teaching of reading.

I do hope parents will take their children to local libraries. All of our classes will visit Lees Library during the coming school year. I have provided below recommendations of age appropriate books which parents may like to consider if visiting a library or purchasing books for their children.

There are lots of websites recommending books for children:





Also, a year ago I carried out a survey of our Key Stage Two children to find out the books they like to read. Their recommendations are below.

Lower Juniors

Books enjoyed include: Horrid Henry, Harry Potter, The Hobbit (!) Bertha’s Secret Battle, A Mermaid Tea Party, Matilda, Beast Quest series, A Child’s Garden, Goblins and Ghosties, The Mum Minder, James and The Giant Peach, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Horrid Henry, Horrible Histories, Goosebumps, The World’s Worst Children, Harry Potter, Dork Diaries, Star Wars, Billionaire Boy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, 1000 Fantastic Science facts, Egyptian Cinderella, The World Of Norm, War Children, The Demon Dentist, Thunderstruck, Ratburger, Bellla Broomstick, Escape from Pompeii, Midnight Gang,

Authors include: Tom Gate, David Walliams, Rick Riordan, Jeff Kinney, David Walliams, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Terry Deary.

Upper Juniors

Dork Diaries, Journey to Johannesburg, Leon and The Place Between, Captain Underpants, Suitcase Kid, Billionaire Boy, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Beowolf, Undercover Princess, Harry Potter, Children of Eden, The Green Lantern, Ballet Shoes; Beowolf, Lady of Shallot, Clockwork, Leon and The Place Between, The Man Who Walked Between The Towers and the author most commonly cited as someone whose novels they enjoy is David Walliams.

Year 3 and 4 Chess Challenge
July 17, 2019, 2:16 pm
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Congratulations to Miss Seton-Jones’ team for their victory in the Year Three/ Four corridor challenge… and of course to the staff team, who retained their title from 2018. 🙂

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Heights and Weights Measurements
July 9, 2019, 3:03 pm
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Each year Reception and Year Six pupils are measured nationwide to gauge health indicators. Hey with Zion’s figures, averaged over the last three years, are as below:

School receives these overall statistics, but not individual measurements. Our children’s data remain better than the national norms but they remain some way off target.

Percentage of children overweight or obese:

Reception % Year Six %
Target 15 15
Hey with Zion 22 32
National average 22 34
Oldham average 22 36
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Cancer fund raising
July 9, 2019, 1:03 pm
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£806.95 has now been raised. Thank you. Please continue to bring in any further funds raised. I shall update you with the final figure in due course.

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SATs results out
July 9, 2019, 12:22 pm
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SATs scores are out.

Again, Hey with Zion scores are ahead of the national norms. The data are analysed in greater detail by the government statisticians- preliminary figures across the key stages for 2019 are as below.

At first sight, they say:

  • At Key Stage Two our children are ahead of the national norm in all subjects and in whatever way the data are assembled, with an “average points score” very similar to recent years.
  • At Key Stage One our children have at least matched the national norm, and exceeded it significantly in terms of how many are working at greater depth. My intention is that this cohort not only matches the national figures but the typical Hey with Zion figures by the end of Key Stage Two.
  • In phonics we have achieved our highest ever pass rates, well above the national norms.
  • In Foundation Stage we have an extremely high figure of children reaching a “good level of development”.

Thank you to all parents and carers for their support in working towards these very pleasing data.

Key Stage Two scores:


HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 90 95 75 (2019:73)
% reaching greater depth 30 38 28
Average Scaled Score 107 108 105 (2019: 104)



HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 95 95 76 (2019: 79)
% reaching greater depth 35 35 24
Average Scaled Score 108 108 104 (2019: 105)


Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling:

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 95 95 78 (2019: 78)
% reaching greater depth 44 33 34
Average Scaled Score 108 108 106 (2019: 106)


Writing (Teacher assessment, not the result of a test)

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 90 88 78 (2019: 78)
% reaching greater depth 23 23 20


Reading/ Writing/ Maths combined:

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 88 88 64 (2019: 65)
% reaching greater depth 13 10 10

Key Stage One (Year Two)- all teacher assessments, not tests:


HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 77 83 75
% reaching greater depth 38 39 26



HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 77 83 70
% reaching greater depth 15 29 16



HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 77 86 76
% reaching greater depth 36 39 22


R/W/M combined:

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 77 83 65
% reaching greater depth 15 24 12


Year One Phonics:

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching expected standard 93 83 82


Foundation Stage

HWZ 2019 HWZ 2018  National average 2018
% reaching G.L.D. 92 86 72

Race For Life
July 8, 2019, 2:30 pm
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So far we have received £465.70 to send off to cancer charities. Thank you for your support. Of course we shall continue to collect sponsor money over the coming days.

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Hey with Zion/ Good Schools Guide
July 6, 2019, 9:32 pm
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A data source which may be of interest to parents:


The site provides recent performance data, also information about our catchment areas and secondary school destinations over time.

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How we are seen
July 6, 2019, 12:16 pm
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I was having my phone fixed this morning in Clarksfield and the man in the shop mending it had been in Greengate Mosque on Friday when our Year Sixes visited, along with other schools. He told me our children were “inquisitive… curious and brainy”. He said Hanan had been particularly impressive in his talk about his religion and gave me an invitation to take our children back to the mosque for a full visit.

Children: please let me know if you would like me to arrange that.

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Sky Blues victorious at Man United
July 5, 2019, 1:40 pm
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Our girls won the Man United Foundation Cup this morning, becoming the champions in a tournament involving more than 60 schools from all over Manchester.

In the Finals Day group stages, we won 4-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, 3-1, 5-0 and lost 0-1, then won the final 1-0.

We shall therefore be invited straight to the final tournament next year without even needing to qualify.

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