A YORK school is on the lookout for a new head.

An advert has gone out for a new head at Hempland Primary Academy in Heworth after the previous boss stepped down a year ago.

As The Press reported back in April last year Catherine Precious, who took over the leadership post at Hempland in September 2019, decided to leave 'for personal reasons'.

Lee Haynes, head teacher of Acomb Primary School, has since been acting as the interim executive head for both Hempland and Acomb.

Mrs Precious moved to Hempland in Heworth from Tang Hall Primary School where she had been head teacher since September 2013.

Her predecessor at Hempland, Zoe Lightfoot, had left the top post in March 2019, less than two years after being appointed.

She told parents in a letter at the time that she had, with some reluctance, decided to ‘seek future opportunities outside Pathfinder MAT’ - the multi-academy trust which runs the school.

Hempland’s deputy head teacher, Abbie Innes, became head of school with day-to-day responsibility when Mr Haynes is not in school.

Now the job application states: "The ideal candidate will have a clear, focused vision to take the school forward, and the practical skills to turn that vision into a reality. You will be an experienced and demonstrative leader, with strong collaborative and people skills. You will analyse data effectively and be an excellent classroom practitioner, ready and willing to lead by example. You will work closely with the Chair of Governors and the Local Governing Committee to help support school improvement.

"It is important that the headteacher is ‘hands-on’ modelling and developing best practice, coaching and motivating a talented and committed team of staff."

Applications have to be submitted to Andrew Daly, Executive Headteacher Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust Archbishop Holgate’s School Hull Road, York YO10 5ZA info@pmat.academy By Friday, May 7 at midnight.


Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust is a partnership of ten church and community schools serving more than 4,000 pupils and their families across York.