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School effectiveness and inspections

The role of the Regional Leaders in Education

‘Watching over one another in love so that all children and adults in our family of schools may flourish’

At MAST we understand and acknowledge the amazing journey each school leader takes leading our Methodist schools. We recognise the joys each day can bring whilst also understanding the challenges and pressures being a Headteacher of a church school can also bring. Yet we all belong to the family of Methodist schools (MAST) and we want this network to be a source of support and encouragement within our schools.

MAST provides pastoral and educational support to all leaders in our schools through the work of our Regional Leaders in Education (RLEs).

Every school within MAST has a designated RLE whose core purpose is to walk alongside Headteachers and support them on their journey. As practising, experienced Headteachers all RLEs can relate to current issues school leaders face.

RLEs support and guide the improvement of our schools and pupil outcomes through providing both practical and pastoral support.  They also support and guide the development of a deep, underpinning Methodist ethos within our schools. This is through half termly contact with each school.

MAST very much see this as a two-way relationship generating collaboration and partnerships across a wider network of Methodist schools.

We aim to live out our vision of ‘watching over one another in love’ and enable all our schools to thrive.

All RLEs uphold our core values of: service, family, integrity, uniqueness, love, trust, brave.‚Äč

Our Regional Leaders in Education are:

  • Andy Clowes, Headteacher at Hey with Zion C of E and Methodist Primary School, Lancashire
  • Mike Follen, Headteacher at Lowe’s Wong Anglican Methodist Junior School, Nottinghamshire
  • Zoe Hyam, Headteacher at Caistor Cof E and Methodist Primary School, Lincolnshire
  • Daniel Jeffries, Headteacher at Selwood Academy Anglican / Methodist Foundation School, Somerset
  • Claire Procter, Headteacher at Trinity St. Michael’s CE / Methodist VA Primary School, Lancashire
  • Nicola Sherry, Headteacher at Cuerden Church School, Lancashire
  • Howard Smout, Headteacher at Aspull Church Primary School, Lancashire
  • Charlotte Taylor, Headteacher at Holly Hill Church School, Birmingham
  • Simon Way, Headteacher at Boughton-Under-Blean & Dunkirk Methodist Primary School, Kent
  • Julie Whittaker, Headteacher at Summerseat Methodist Primary School, Greater Manchester


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They inspect services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Schools are inspected and judged on five areas: Overall effectiveness; Quality of education; Behaviour and attitudes; Personal development; and Leadership and management. If the school offers early years provision and sixth-form provision, inspectors will also make judgements on these areas.

Useful links:

The link below provides a guide which gives a summary of what schools should expect within the inspection process and what they need to do as part of an Ofsted inspection.

The link below is to the School Inspection handbook which describes the main activities carried out during a graded, ungraded and urgent inspections of maintained schools and academies in England under sections 5 and 8 of the Education Act 2005, respectively. It sets out the grade descriptors that inspectors use to make their judgements and on which they report.

Using the link below, you can access the most recent Ofsted reports for nurseries, schools and colleges.