NEW headteachers have been appointed to two of Bolton’s outstanding schools.

Karen Sudworth is to lead Canon Slade School in Bradshaw and Catherine Anderson will take over the headship at St James’ CE High School in Farnworth, as the current headteacher Tania Lewyckyj moves to become CEO of the Bishop Fraser Trust, which governs the two schools and Bolton St Catherine’s Academy in Harwood.

Mrs Sudworth replaces David Burton, who left earlier this year. She has been involved in the education of young people for over 30 years. She is a practising Christian and is an active member of Christ Church, Walmsley.

Mrs Anderson, who was a deputy headteacher at Blue Coats School in Oldham, has been deputy at St James’s for the two past years.

She said: “I am honoured to have been appointed as the headteacher of St James’s High School. As the current deputy headteacher. I know first hand that St James’s is an outstanding school with a unique and special family ethos. At St James’s our dedicated staff work tirelessly to ensure every young person fulfils their full potential and experiences ‘life in all its fullness.’ Outstanding schools don’t ‘rest on their laurels’ and as headteacher I will be working with staff to ensure St James’s goes from strength to strength.

“I am delighted that I will still be working closely with Tania as CEO and that St James’s will continue to get full support from the Bishop Fraser Trust.”

Mrs Lewyckyj said: “Catherine shone above a national field of applicants and we are delighted to have her at the helm of St James. Karen already knows the school well, as both her sons have been students of Canon Slade School and we are delighted by this appointment.”

Mrs Lewyckyj has been head of St James’ CE High School for ten years and teaching for 35 years.

She said: “As CEO I will be overseeing the three schools supporting the headteachers to create the vision for the trust. That is one of preparing young people for the world from work to social and emotional aspects, environmentally, creatively with the arts ­— we are committed to all of these things.”

Mrs Lewyckyj added: “I going to miss the children. I’m excited because I will have the time to absolutely focus on the trust and it is something I am looking forward to. I will be working closely with the heads and looking forward to developing their future”

She said: “I would like to see improved outcomes at Bolton St Catherine’s but not at the expense of becoming an exam factory, there is more that is needed at Bolton St Catherine’s than just sitting exams.

“At Canon Slade and St James CE High School we want to continue the growth and continue to improve progress.

“We are also working on an enrichment programme that every child in the trust will have access to

“Its onwards and upwards, improve outcomes but also improve experiences of every child so they have an enriched curriculum that gives them a wider view on the world.”