Mountain Rescue
July 22, 2018, 4:10 pm
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£280 was raised by our children on the final day of term, for Mountain Rescue. Thank you.

Information for parents of children with S.E.N.D.
July 20, 2018, 2:14 pm
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Handwritten reports
July 19, 2018, 7:04 am
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Next year, end of year reports will be handwritten by Hey with Zion teachers.

The content of school reports has changed dramatically over the last twenty or so years. You may have seen on the inside back cover of our 40th birthday book an old school report which I wrote for a child in the 1990s. My handwriting was never the neatest, and as a headteacher now I’d probably ask myself as a teacher to write more neatly, but whereas today’s reports include perhaps ten times the number of words, I don’t think they actually say that much more.

I think what parents want to know are answers to questions such as “Is my child happy? Is she polite and well behaved? Does she get along well with friends? How’s her reading? What about her writing? Maths? What subjects has she particularly enjoyed and what have her highlights of the year been? Also what would the teacher recommend we work on to help her next year?”

I think the great change in school reports can be traced back to the departure from handwritten reports to the use of computers. There was a period when some firms produced software which some teachers used (maybe some still do, but not to my knowledge at Hey with Zion) where boxes could be clicked and statements generated. Such computer generated reports at first dazzled with the extra apparent detail, listing objectives learned over the year… until parents learned that identical sentences were on many of the reports. (One child may have had clicked statements 3, 7, 9 and 12 for Design and Technology, their sister boxes 2, 7, 9 and 12.)

Such computer generated reports became quickly drab to read, and a report on one’s own child should be a joy to read, not a chore. A parent should not have to plough through interminable and generic statements to find out the information they really want.

From a teacher’s perspective, of course the statements can become repetitive… If thirty children are sitting in the same lessons, then reports of how they have fared will of course overlap, especially in the subjects other than English and Maths, where the assessment has not been quite so detailed. I am not saying those subjects are less important, but of course English and Maths enjoy particularly high status in a primary school, and always have done since the “3 Rs”  (Reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic) were invented.

Some of you will have read your child’s report and recognised that the teachers will have taken an extraordinary amount of time to produce a beautiful report detailing achievements in great detail, but I do know also that some have read comments which did not quite fit with their child.

I want our school reports to be read and enjoyed by parents, personal and containing the information parents want to know about their own child.

Next year, our reports will be handwritten; fully compliant of course with statutory reporting requirements but less weighed down by minutiae. Personal, from your child’s class teacher, to you, about your child.




House Point winners
July 16, 2018, 2:27 pm
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DAHL house has won this year’s competition. Congratulations to all members of the team. The prize will be a pizza and film afternoon on Wednesday.

2017 winners: Walliams

Dr Kershaw’s Fund Raiser at Medlock Cout, Lees
July 13, 2018, 9:34 am
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On Sunday 26th August, 2 p.m. there will be a fund raising event at Medlock Court, with the proceeds going to Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice. Details are available in our reception.

Sports Day Results
July 12, 2018, 11:45 am
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1st place- Donaldson
2nd place-Dahl
3rd place- Walliams
4th place-Morpurgo
5th place- Rowling


Thank you to all parents/ carers who came along to lend your support to the children.

Fund raising next year
July 11, 2018, 12:38 pm
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We try to provide as much notice as possible about fund raising days, by sharing details each July about our plans for the year ahead. From time to time events happen which suggest a response- e.g. Mrs. Machin is organising a non uniform day which we hope will raise some money to help mountain rescue teams address moorland fires.

Next years’ main themes for charity fund raising are as follows:

Autumn term:

  • Harvest festival-  children to raise money to support the Methodist “Shine Your Light” appeal-

  • also to continue to sponsor the education of ten Gambian children via the charitable organisation: “For the Love of Learning in Gambia”:

Spring term:

  • each class to choose their own local charity or community beneficiary

Summer term:

  • Fund raising for Dr. Kershaw’s/ Maggie’s of Oldham/ Cancer Research U.K.



Chess competition 28 July
July 11, 2018, 11:43 am
Filed under: Year 4

Chess in Schools and Communities are hosting their 4th One Day Chess Congress of 2018 for Year 2 to Year 6 pupils.

Saturday 28th July 2018 from 10.00am – 2.15pm. (Registration from 9.30am).

Broadoak & Smallshaw Community Centre, Broadoak Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8RS.

A message from Mr. Glover:

This is an ideal event for beginners where they can enjoy the competitive side of chess in a very friendly environment competing against children of a similar age and gaining the invaluable experience of competition. Enjoying their wins & learning from their losses. At least 4 local schools’ chess coaches will be on hand to offer help and advice including myself.
That you very much for your support.
very best regards

The entry form is below:


Hey with Zion SATs results
July 10, 2018, 9:18 am
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SATs results went online this morning. The children will receive from their teachers a breakdown of their individual scores over the coming days. I am pleased to inform parents in the meantime that every single child who took the tests passed every test they took- i.e. “met” or “exceeded” national expectations.

The school’s “average point score” for each subject is as follows: Reading 109, Maths 108, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling 108. These are identical to last year, when Hey with Zion came top of Oldham in Reading, and 4th in Maths. We do not yet know how children from other Oldham schools have fared this year. The national picture is below:

Charity fund raising
July 9, 2018, 8:59 am
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£1657.30 so far has been raised for Cancer Research/ Dr. Kershaw’s/ Maggie’s of Oldham. Thank you for your generosity; we shall continue to collect money raised throughout this week.

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