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The staff at Ruthin School are highly experienced in all areas of social and academic tuition. They care deeply about the ethos of the School where the care of the pupils is at the heart of what we do.

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Meet the Staff

Sue Frencham – Interim Head

Sue FrenchamSue has been working in education for over 25 years. She started her teaching career as a chemistry and outdoor education instructor at a boys’ grammar school near Telford, having completed a PGCE in Chemistry and Outdoor Activities at Bangor University. Sue’s first degree was a BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Mathematics 2(i) from Leeds University. She has worked in and around North Wales for most of her career and before coming to Ruthin School she was the Head of Science at The Catholic High School, Chester.

Beyond school, Sue lives locally with her family. As a family they enjoy hill walking, mountain biking and water sports and find these activities help maintain a healthy body and mind. Sue and her daughter also play brass instruments in a local brass band. Music has been a constant her life and she has played a brass instrument since the age of 12. She find participating in music ensembles a wonderful way to unwind.

Ruthin School is a very special place. The students are highly motivated and dedicated to their academic studies. The culture is inclusive where students can be themselves without fear of judgement. Sue has been at the school for over 8 years and is honoured to have been asked to take on the Interim Headship. She will endeavour to encapsulate the essence of Ruthin School whilst embracing the opportunities of the 21st century.

David Booker – Chair Council of Management

David BookerDavid is an experienced educationalist and was the Vice Principal at UWC Atlantic College. After leaving AC, he became a senior consultant Hiroshima Prefecture Board of Education in Japan, where he oversaw the setting up of a new international baccalaureate school. His remit was staffing structures, policy frameworks, staff developments and appointments.

David has a passion for developing forward thinking, creative leaders and would like to help to develop an inclusive, open and engaged community throughout the whole school.

David’s route through education is unconventional. In his early life he lived in a caravan and had an interrupted schooling. He left school with no qualifications and became an apprentice boiler maker and welder. Through hard work and adult education, he was offered a place at Oxford University to read English. Having completed his studies there, he won a post-graduate scholarship to study further at Birmingham University.

David now lives with his wife in a small Shropshire village where he is a big part of the community. Cider making and pleaching hedges sums up village life. He is a keen walker and has climbed in the Andes and Dolomites. He believes he learned most about leadership on those hills under extreme conditions.

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