Waszek to bring ‘period of stability’ to Rydal Penrhos

Rydal Penrhos School has announced that John Waszek will continue in his role as executive principal until September 2020, after making a “massive impression” at the prep and senior sites

Julian Barnes, chair of governors at Rydal Penrhos, said: “This will bring a much-needed period of stability. Sally Harding will continue as senior school head teacher and Alison Hind as prep school head teacher; and combined with the other senior leaders of the school, we are fortunate to have such a very experienced team. 

“This decision also gives us time to undertake a full recruitment process for a new principal, starting in September this year. This is the normal time to go to market and for candidates to be looking for new opportunities.”

Waszek is an experienced principal, having led St Edward’s College, Liverpool for 24 years from 1992 to 2016 during which time the school secured several ‘outstanding’ inspections and was designated as ‘exempt’ from inspection by the Department for Education.

Since leaving St Edward’s, Waszek has been a school effectiveness adviser, working in a variety of settings with school governors and leadership teams on school improvement. 

He was previously a head of department and boarding housemaster at Rugby School.

He is the chair of governors at St Aidan’s Primary School in Knowsley and has served as a governor of Rydal Penrhos School since 2013 – a post he has now relinquished to enable him to take up this interim role.

In addition to his various roles within education, Waszek served as a non-executive director of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey) for several years at a challenging time for the hospital following the publication of the Redfern Report into organ retention. He is currently advising the new medical school at Edge Hill University on student admissions’ criteria.


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