Secondary School Applications
September 22, 2017, 1:10 pm
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A letter for the parents of all Year Six pupils:
Dear Parents,

Your child is due to start secondary school in September 2018. This is a very exciting and important time. I am writing to make you aware of how and when you need to apply and where to access information to guide you through this process.

You will need to complete an application using the online application system available on the Oldham Council website. It’s quick and easy and ensures school offers can be made efficiently via e-mail. Applying on line is the only form of application as Oldham Council no longer provides paper application forms.

The online system opened on 1 August 2017 and will close at 5pm on 31 October 2017.

If you don’tt have access to the internet, there are computers in all Oldham’s libraries and at the Civic Centre’s Access Oldham. Help to complete the application is available at the Civic Centre’s Access Oldham between 10.00 am and 12 noon every Thursday from 7 September 2017 to 11 January 2018.

Some voluntary aided schools may want you to fill in a supplementary form or provide documentation in addition to the application you make to us. Supplementary forms are available from and returned to the relevant school.

To enable you to have a look at what is on offer; all Oldham secondary schools will be holding open evenings during the autumn term. You will be able to access further information, a guide and links to school websites by logging onto

The closing date for all applications is 5pm 31 October 2017. Any application received after this time will be classed as late and will not be processed until all the on time applications have been allocated a school place.

Should you have any initial queries please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Team on 0161 770 4213.


River Medlock trip
September 22, 2017, 12:26 pm
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Our Year Three class went on a short field trip this morning along the River Medlock, learning about features of rivers and nature in our locality.

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.

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