King’s School Macclesfield has appointed a new headmaster who will take the helm as the historic 517-year-old school welcomes its first intake to its new £60 million campus next September.
Physicist, Jason Slack, was chosen by the King’s governors following an external search by an education recruitment specialist and has been selected “from a very large and strong field of candidates.”Jason Slack
He is currently the head of King Henry VIII School, a co-educational Headmasters’ Conference (HMC) school in Coventry, which was founded in 1545 and has been co-educational for 40 years.
He said: “It is an honour to be asked to lead King’s at such a momentous point in its history. Joining the school as it moves to its new, £60-million state of the art facility is an opportunity that rarely occurs in the life of any school and represents the chance to make a huge difference for pupils and their families. I am really excited about what the future holds and looking forward to being a part of the wonderful community and getting started on the school’s next chapter.”
Jason graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Physics and a PGCE in Physics and Science. He also holds an MA in Educational Management. His first teaching post was at his current school, after which he spent seven years at The Grange School, Northwich, initially as head of physics before being promoted to head of science. Jason then spent five years as deputy head of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield before returning to King Henry VIII School in April 2010 as headmaster.
Dr John Kennerley, Chair of Governors, said: “Jason is an outstanding and experienced headmaster. While leading his current school, he has focused on developing excellent educational provision, increasing the profile of the school and its work in the community, and establishing a successful business model in a highly competitive market.
“At its last ISI Inspection, the school was found to be “excellent” in all aspects, matching the achievements at King’s.
Jason is looking forward to the challenge of leading King’s into its very exciting future and, over the coming months, will be liaising closely with Dr Simon Hyde as well as meeting with staff, parents and pupils to ensure a smooth transition.”
He has a wide range of interests from playing the violin notably for the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra and formerly playing but now watching football as a ‘long suffering’ Leeds United fan. He also volunteers for Guide Dogs for the Blind by boarding and helping to train guide dogs in training.
“However.” he added, “my favourite pastime is definitely spending time with my wife, Lindsay, and our two daughters.”