Primary school headteacher took own life after 'Inadequate' Ofsted inspection report
18.03.2023 - 16:51
A primary school headteacher took her own life following an inspection in which her school was given the lowest possible rating, her family have said. Ruth Perry, 53, was the headteacher at Caversham Primary School in Reading.
She died by suicide in January after waiting for Ofsted's report, which deemed the leadership and management at her school Inadequate, a downgrade from Outstanding. Julia Waters, Ms Perry's sister said she had experienced the “worst day of her life” after inspectors reviewed the school on November 15 and 16 last year, Wales Online reports.
She told BBC South that inspectors claimed there was evidence of the sexualisation of children at the school after a boy was seen doing a flossing dance move, from the video game Fortnite.
Ms Waters went on: “Ruth took her own life on January 8, all during that process every time I spoke to her, she would talk about the countdown. I remember her clearly one day saying ‘52 days and counting’, every day she had this weight on her shoulders hanging over her and she wasn’t officially allowed to talk to her family.
“I remember the very first day I saw her, rather than just speaking to her on the phone, a couple of days after the end of the Ofsted inspection, she came, she was an absolute shadow of her former self.”
She said the inspection destroyed 32 years of her vocation and “preyed on her mind until she couldn’t take it any more”. The report, published this week, found the school to be Good in every category, other than leadership and management, where it was judged to be Inadequate, the lowest rating.
Inspectors said school leaders did not have the “required knowledge to keep pupils safe from harm”, did not take “prompt and proper actions” and had not ensured