Our chair of governors is Malcolm Milwain. He has been with Hey with Zion since 2007. The school was then at a low ebb, and since then Malcolm has overseen the transition towards it becoming a school with a strong reputation for being one of the top attaining schools in the area. In the most recent (2019) data Hey with Zion was in the top 20% of schools nationally for outcomes in English and Maths at Key Stage Two, and in the top 2% of its family of schools database for the outcomes of its disadvantaged children.
Malcolm is a keen advocate of the importance of a strong ethos as the correct foundation for academic achievement and was proud to see that recognised in the Education Parliamentary Review (2019) which said, in its article on the school as a best practice representative, “There is a direct link between the Christian vision and the consistently improving, remarkably high standards achieved.”
Malcolm is a foundation governor from Zion Methodist Church, a governor at another local school and a former Ofsted lay inspector.
Our vice chair of governors is Ann Schofield. Ann has been with the school since 2008. She is a former Biology teacher from a local independent grammar school and has taken a particular interest in the attainment of gifted pupils and equality relating to gender.
In her time as Numeracy governor Hey with Zion gained a reputation for very high standards in Mathematics, 43 of our pupils gaining a Maths GCSE grade C or above since 2013. Ann is also a foundation governor from St. John's Church.
Our L.A. Governor and chair of two of our committees is Kate Sanderson. A former secondary school headteacher, Kate is also chair of other schools’ governing bodies, and Executive Director of education consultancy, Diversity Education. Kate has provided much support and challenge to support the school towards its curricular awards in English, Science and Geography and is a keen advocate of inclusivity. She gave the school considerable support towards its 2020 Inclusion Quality Mark.
Our Chair of the Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee is Tammy Faulkner. Tammy has been a governor with the school since 2019 and was elected chair of the committee in 2021. She has supported and overseen the running of a very strong budget and a stable, motivated staff. A Hey with Zion parent herself, she has a parent’s perspective on the school to align with her professional skills working as a Finance Manager for Rochdale MBC.
Reverend Suva Catford is our Methodist minister and has been with us since 2021. She supports the Christian ethos of the school, working in conjunction with our Anglican clergy and school staff to ensure that the Christian ethos is strong. As well as supporting collective worship and events held in the churches, Suva has engaged first hand with our student council so that their contributions are fully nurtured within a faith embrace. Suva is currently looking into developing “Quiet Spaces” within the school, in conjunction with the Head.
Krista Enziano has been with us since 2021. She is now a Family Solicitor at Lancashire Law and is herself an ex pupil of the school. Krista is keen to oversee high standards in general and, an ex netball player for Manchester Thunder, the quality of sporting provision in and after school.
Rebecca Wilde is a parent governor who has been with us since 2021. She has led the reinstatement of the P.T.F.A. to the school after an absence of a number of years, and has overseen the quality of reading throughout school, and behaviour and attitudes over the lunchtime period.
Reverend Lyn Woodall is our Anglican minister and is in her second spell with us.
She supports the Christian ethos of the school, working in conjunction with our Methodist clergy and school staff to ensure that the Christian ethos is strong. As well as supporting collective worship Lyn has worked first hand with children listening to them read, and has introduced Messy Church to the school, which has received an exceptional response from families.
Sara Machin is our Deputy Headteacher and has been a governor since 2015. Thus she has been key both as deputy headteacher and as governor in our successful 2017 and 2019 inspections. Sara recently completed a Christian Leadership course with the Church of England and has been hugely instrumental in the strengthening of our Christian ethos. She is an active member of our Curriculum and Standards committee, also our Safeguarding and Ethos committee. She has recently joined our Finance, Premises and Staffing committee as an observer for her own professional development.
Sarah Patterson has been staff governor since 2010 and plays an active role in both our Curriculum and Standards committee and our Safeguarding and Ethos committee. Sara is also our Mathematics leader and one of the Heads of Key Stage Two. She has been very much involved in the development of high outcomes and strong progress throughout Key Stage Two.
Andrew Clowes is our headteacher. He was appointed headteacher in 2015, having spent much of his career at Hey with Zion. He was appointed headteacher in 2015 having previously been acting headteacher on a number of occasions. Andrew is also a Regional Leader in Education for the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust, and a member of the Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, for whose website he writes regular articles.
Gemma Hewitt and Lee Stirling are recently appointed parent governors.