Within weeks of taking over the helm at Ruthin School under a cloud of controversy related to the previous head, Paul Wallace-Woodroffe has found himself running a school with no pupils.
Dealing with the fall-out from former principal Toby Belfield’s messaging scandal and restoring the top private school’s reputation was challenging enough, without the coronavirus crisis thrown into the mix.
But Mr Wallace-Woodroffe, who has over 35 years of experience in the education sector, has already made big changes – starting with ripping up the old rule book and going back to the drawing board.
Not wanting a school “run on rigid lines”, he has already scrapped Saturday exams and three-day half terms, with staff encouraged to share their input and ideas rather than take orders.
A new bursar has also been brought in, with Mr Wallace-Woodroffe branding it “extraordinary” that Mr Belfield had been allowed to carry out both roles at the school.
Speaking to North Wales Live, Mr Wallace-Woodroffe, who has spent the last few years as head of Wycombe Abbey International School in China and Hong Kong, said bringing order to Ruthin is what attracted him to the role.
“I’m not reinventing the wheel here, I’m simply putting the wheels back on and doing things properly,” he said.
“It would be fair to say