Andrew Clowes

Andrew Clowes

Headteacher

Oldham, Greater Manchester

Hey with Zion Primary School

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Andrew Clowes is the Headteacher of The Hey with Zion Primary School, a primary school with a joint Church of England and Methodist Foundation.

Andrew Clowes is the Headteacher of The Hey with Zion Primary School, a primary school with a joint Church of England and Methodist Foundation. He also supports the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust as a Regional Leader in Education.

Career Overview

Andrew Clowes has overseen a major turnaround for the school since returning to Hey with Zion Primary School in 2006. In the bottom seven percent of schools nationally at that time, it has since established itself as one of the top performing schools in the area- top 20% of schools for English and Maths, 2017 - present (IDSR), top 2% of schools for attainment of disadvantaged pupils 2017- present (EEF family of schools database) and regularly securing GCSE Maths passes for its pupils while still at primary school. 

The school has also won various awards: U.C.L. "Excellence in Literacy" (2018), "Heritage School" (2016) and Geography Association quality mark (2018 and 2021), Historical Association (gold) award (2015, 2016 and 2020), Primary Science quality mark (2016 and 2020), Global Neighbours and Inclusive School awards (2020). It also featured in the 2019 Education Parliamentary Review as a "best practice" representative.  Its latest inspection judgement (SIAMS, 2019) was "excellent".

Beyond the curriculum, Hey with Zion Primary School prides itself on providing a wide range of extracurricular activities to fulfil its vision of educating its children to do the best they can for themselves and others and to live life to the full. 

In July 2020, Andrew Clowes appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the school's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of leadership and the role that it has played in his career to date. He has also written various articles on education for the Leaders Council. These can be accessed below.

Education

An ex pupil of Manchester Grammar School, Andrew's further education qualifications include:

B.A. (Hons.) Sociology and English (University of Lancaster)

P.G.C.E. (University of Manchester)

M.A. in Education (Open University)

P.G. Cert in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Family

Andrew lives in Saddleworth with his wife and children. 

Articles for the Leaders Council

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/what-is-cultural-capital-an-exploration-by-andrew-clowes-headteacher-of-hey-with-zion-primary-school (July 2022)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/excitement-and-anticipation-have-been-replaced-oldham-headteacher-critiques-failings-in-sats-marking (July 2022)

Social difficulties are rising and schools need more pastoral care staff to cope, Oldham headteacher says | The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (May 2022)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/hey-with-zion-headteacher-as-the-government-eyes-up-structural-reform-in-education-it-must-get-its-own-house-in-order (May 2022)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/when-two-schools-met-oldham-headteacher-excited-by-potential-of-links-with-birmingham-school (March 2022)

“We must look again at our society’s values”, says headteacher | The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (March 2022)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/do-away-with-the-high-stakes-headteacher-critiques-ofsted-inspections-framework (January 2022)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/when-the-cat-is-away-the-mice-play-andrew-clowes-questions-whether-public-sector-home-working-benefits-schools (December 2021)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/more-than-just-a-number-hey-with-zion-headteacher-questions-why-older-heads-are-leaving-roles-before-reaching-retirement-age (November 2021)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/carpe-diem-hey-with-zion-primary-school-head-talks-seizing-the-day(October 2021)

To be or not to be an academy? That is the question for Hey with Zion Primary School head | The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (August 2021)

Stronger Together: Hey with Zion headteacher reflects on an academic year like no other | The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (July 2021)

“Is what we had before really all we want?”: Hey With Zion Primary School headteacher questions what the legacy of Covid will bring for education | The Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland (May 2021)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/andy-clowes-headteacher-of-hey-with-zion-primary-school-on-getting-children-back-into-classrooms (March 2021)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/andrew-clowes-headteacher-of-hey-with-zion-primary-school-on-dealing-with-the-latest-lockdown-and-lack-of-clarity-from-the-dfe(January 2021)

https://www.leaderscouncil.co.uk/news/autumn-lockdown-from-the-perspective-of-a-primary-school-teacher-andrew-clowes-speaks (November 2020)

Listen to Andrew Clowes's Leaders Council podcast.

In the News

Social difficulties are rising and schools need more pastoral care staff to cope, Oldham headteacher says

News | Published May 24th 2022, 8:56 am

Andrew Clowes, headteacher of Hey with Zion Primary School in Oldham, Lancashire, highlights how small numbers of school pastoral staff are meeting ever growing workloads post-pandemic, meaning that extra staffing is required to meet the need.Read more →

"When the cat is away, the mice play": Andrew Clowes questions whether public sector home-working benefits schools

News | Published March 30th 2022, 12:48 pm

Writing for The Leaders Council, Hey With Zion Primary School headteacher Andrew Clowes explores home-working, calling for a national discussion on whether it truly is a better model for productivity in the public sector.Read more →

'Do away with the high stakes': Headteacher critiques Ofsted inspections framework

News | Published March 30th 2022, 12:48 pm

Writing for The Leaders Council, Hey with Zion Primary School headteacher Andrew Clowes highlights how the Ofsted inspections framework could be reformed for the benefit of all.Read more →


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