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Wrekin College headmaster steps down with ill health

Telford | News | Published:

The headteacher of a private school has resigned his post on medical grounds.

Richard Chapman had only been head of £27,000-a-year boarding school, Wrekin College, in Telford for four months.

The Chairman of Governors, George Campion, announced the decision on the school's website.

He said: "As you may already be aware, our headmaster Richard Chapman is currently on sick leave. I am sorry to inform you that on medical advice, Mr Chapman has decided to resign his position. The governors and I are saddened to hear of his illness and I am sure you will join us in wishing him a full recovery.

"We extend our best wishes to him and his family for the future."

To minimise disruption to the academic year, the school has appointed Dr Haydn Griffiths as headmaster with immediate effect.

Dr Griffiths has been the senior deputy head for the past 15 years. He graduated from Nottingham University in 1971 with a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics and gained his doctorate in 1975. Having also been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the university, he joined Wrekin College in 1976.

In 1979 he introduced Computer Studies to Wrekin College and in 1987 became Director of Studies.

He has been a tutor and assistant housemaster and coaches girls hockey and boys cricket.

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Since 1999 Haydn has been an Independent Schools Inspector.

Mr Campion added: "This appointment will give the governors time to assess the longer term needs of the school and recruit and appoint a successor to Haydn from September 2015.

"We should like to congratulate Dr Griffiths on his appointment, and we know that you will wish to support him in his new position as headmaster."

Mr Chapman took over as headmaster of the school in January and moved to the college with his wife, Kate, who is a primary school teacher, and his sons, William, 10, and Hugo, 7.

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He was educated at Solihull School where he was captain of rugby and cricket and Head of School.

He studied Economics with Statistics at Bristol University before embarking on a brief career in retail as a trainee manager at Marks & Spencer.

He then joined the teaching profession by taking his PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at Warwick University.

He was also a semi-professional rugby player for Birmingham and Solihull.

After four years at Warwick School, he was promoted to the position of Head of Sixth Form and held this post for five years.

Mr Chapman was deputy head at the King's School, Worcester from 2007 until taking the position at Wrekin College.

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