A GIRL of 16 says Britain’s strictest head ruined her life by bombarding her with flirty messages.
Cat Hughes claims Toby Belfield said she was cute and looked good in a blazer.
She says he told her “flirting is fine” and that most heads would be sacked for sending chat messages to a pupil.
Cat said: “One message said it would break his heart if anything happened to me, that he cared about me and I was special.
“I’ve had nightmares about him. This whole thing has ruined my life.”
Mr Belfield was dubbed Britain’s strictest head after imposing tough rules, including clamping down on pupils from dating each other.
PRESSURED TO REPLY
But the married head of £37,500-year Ruthin School, North Wales, was put on leave at the end of last year.
A Care Inspectorate Wales report has said pupils were being “placed at risk of harm” at the school, which had an “controlling management system”.
Cat says the chats started when she was 14 to 15 and were about “holidays and family” at first.
But she claims the tone became “more flirtatious” after her 16th birthday. She felt she had to reply for fear of losing her bursary place.
Eventually, she deactivated her Instagram and finished GCSEs from a mental health unit.
Police and the council investigated and made recommendations but there was no criminal probe.