2017 data
September 21, 2017, 3:38 pm
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Statistics have been released today telling us that our 2017 leavers were in the top 9% of the country for their attainment, top 17% for progress. Congratulations to the children and their parents, also to the staff who clearly taught them so well.

The graphs below show a very pleasing picture:

Percentage reaching expectations in Reading:

Percentage reaching expectations in writing:

Percentage reaching expectations in Maths:

Percentage reaching expectations in Science:

In Key Stage One, too, there was a very positive look: attainment in the top 23% of the country.

Strinesdale trip
September 21, 2017, 11:52 am
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Our Year Three/ Four class has just returned from Strinesdale Reservoir, where the children went on a field trip to look at how the local area was affected in the move from more rural times towards urbanisation in the industrial revolution.

We live in a beautiful area and we love to help the children get to know and appreciate the many places of beauty.



Healthy lunches
September 20, 2017, 3:23 pm
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Just a few ideas for healthy lunchboxes…

The NHS tells us: 

A healthier lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
  • include a drink such as water, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks


There is quite a lot more advice for keeping our healthy on the link above.


Play Agents
September 19, 2017, 10:20 am
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Teachers from Year Two upwards are choosing children to be playground buddies. We plan to choose two from each class, and rotate the children each half term so more children can benefit from this role.
The expectations for this role are –
• to be a good role model.
•  to help any distressed child.
• to be a friend to anyone who is lonely.
•  to lead playground games such as skipping or time bomb.
•  to ensure the playground is left tidy and free from litter.
•  to ensure all equipment is put back neatly in the porch.
It is a role for kind children who are considerate towards others- a wonderful role for a child who will make their parents proud!

National Daily Mile Day
September 19, 2017, 9:41 am
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St. Edward’s have kindly invited us to join them from 8.15 this Friday morning in their National Daily Mile event. All Hey with Zion pupils are welcome.

40th birthday celebrations
September 19, 2017, 9:33 am
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This summer will mark Hey with Zion’s 40th birthday and we would like to mark the occasion appropriately.
One of our parents, Jason Robinson, has kindly offered to lead the birthday organisation (with the full support of myself and  school staff) and I invite you to a short meeting, 3.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday 4th October when we plan to share initial thoughts about how we can best celebrate this occasion.
So that we have an idea of numbers expected, please could you confirm to Mrs Hodkinson (0161-620-3860) if you will be attending the short 4th October meeting. Thank you.

Castleshaw holiday club
September 18, 2017, 3:25 pm
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This looks interesting: Castleshaw Holiday Club Autumn 2017 Flyer A5

September 18, 2017, 9:56 am
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The first response to my headteacher’s history challenge has been received: a marvellous recount about the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Parent governor vacancies
September 15, 2017, 8:49 am
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We have two parent governor vacancies. Nomination forms will be sent out on Monday, for return by 29th September. The role of parent governor is demanding but invaluable to the school. If you can answer “yes” to the following questions, please consider putting yourself forward for the role. If you would like first to talk about the role with me, please approach me. Thank you.

Are you able to go into school on a regular basis?
Are you prepared to make a commitment to attend at least three full governing body meetings per year?
Are you willing to become a member of one or more committees of the governing body?
Are you willing to undertake relevant training to meet the role?
Are you willing to be part of a team who strategically manages and leads the school?
Are you able to look at issues objectively in a confidential manner?
Are you able to form effective working relationships?
Do you have an understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)?

Macbeth at Hey with Zion
September 14, 2017, 2:59 pm
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Year Five have been rehearsing their production of Macbeth today, performing this afternoon for other classes.

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