Andrew Clowes

Andrew Clowes

Headteacher, Hey with Zion Primary School
Oldham, Greater Manchester

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In Conversation: Andrew Clowes

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", "Heritage School" and Geography Association quality mark (2018), Historical Association (gold) award, Primary Science quality mark, 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.


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)


Andrew lives in Saddleworth with his wife and children. 

Articles for the Leaders Council

“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 (March 2021) (January 2021) (November 2020)

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