Rufforth headteacher Johanna Slack will be taking over at Tang Hall in September 2019

Tang Hall and Rufforth Primary Schools will have new headteachers for September 2019. Johanna Slack, currently headteacher at Rufforth, will be taking over from Catherine Precious at Tang Hall who is moving to become headteacher of Hempland Primary School.

Replacing Mrs Slack at Rufforth is Jill Richards who is currently deputy headteacher at Elvington Primary School. Miss Richards has been at Elvington since 2013 and has been deputy head at the school for the past three years. Prior to this she has worked in schools in Salford and Stockport.

Pam Edwards, Rufforth’s Chair of Governors said: “On behalf of all the governors past and present I would like to thank Mrs Jo Slack for all her hard work and dedication to her role as headteacher of our fantastic school here in Rufforth. We wish her all the best as the new headteacher at Tang Hall Primary school. The governors are delighted to welcome Miss Jill Richards to the post of headteacher who will be providing strong and effective leadership for our school. We look forward to working in partnership with Pathfinder, Jill, staff and parents to take the school forwards from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’ on its journey over the coming years.”

Mrs Slack has previously worked at Tang Hall Primary School teaching in Key Stage 1. She then moved to New Earswick Primary School serving as its deputy headteacher before joining Rufforth which she has successfully lead for the past two years.

Jacqueline Walsh, Tang Hall’s Chair of Governors, said: “The governors are delighted to welcome Mrs Slack back to Tang Hall and look forward to working with her as the school continues on its school improvement journey.”

Both Tang Hall and Rufforth Primary Schools are part of Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust which also includes Archbishop Holgate’s School and seven other primary schools serving more than 4,000 pupils across York.

Andrew Daly, Executive Headteacher of Pathfinder MAT, said: “Following a full national recruitment campaign for both schools I am delighted that we have been able to appoint two excellent colleagues for Tang Hall and Rufforth. I am looking forward to continuing to work with Mrs Slack in her new role at Tang Hall and also to welcoming Miss Richards to Rufforth and the Pathfinder MAT.”

Tang Hall and Rufforth Primary Schools are currently rated as good by Ofsted.