RUTHIN School has appointed an interim principal and an interim bursar.

Paul Wallace-Woodroffe will be joining as interim principal before the Easter break and Nicholas Grenfell-Marten will be appointed interim bursar.

A spokesperson for Ruthin School Council of Management said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the school as interim head. He brings tremendous experience to Ruthin, having worked at UK and international schools over the course of his career.

“This comes at a crucial time for Ruthin and will serve to reinforce and strengthen the leadership management team.”

Paul Michael Wallace-Woodroffe has recently come out retirement. He has more than 35 years’ experience in education and has spent that last few years working as both as the global head and previously headmaster of Wycombe Abbey International School in China and Hong Kong.

The spokesperson added: “Paul’s knowledge of international school systems and students closely coincide with the principles and makeup of Ruthin School and we look forward to the fresh insight and perspective that Paul will bring with him to his new post.”

Nicholas James Grenfell-Marten has spent more than 30 years in education. He has been bursar in a number of the UK’s top schools including institutions that have needed major investment or restructuring.

The spokesperson added: “His experience includes serving as a governor of a number of schools and is a former chairman of the Independent Schools Bursars’ Association.

The spokesperson added: “Nicholas’s skill set will help to ensure Ruthin School re-establishes a secure operational foundation from which we can thrive.”

The previous head of the school was sacked following it becoming the centre of a controversy about alleged inappropriate behaviour and the safety of pupils.

Ruthin School had been criticised by Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams, who stated the school did not meet the required standards for pupils’ welfare, health and safety of pupils.

There was extensive coverage in national and local press accusing the principal, Mr Toby Belfield, of sending inappropriate texts to pupils.

At the time a spokesperson for the school’s Council of Management said: “The Vice Principal of the school, Mr Ian Welsby, has been appointed as Acting Principal until such time as a permanent appointee has been selected.”