The family of a school director said that she killed herself while waiting for a bad Ofsted report about her school to come out. Ruth Perry has been the headteacher at Caversham Primary School in Reading since 2010. She quit in January after finding out that the school had gone from “excellent” to “unqualified.”
Due to the test results, her family was very upset and said that she was still “a shadow of who she used to be.” They called it “the worst day of my life.” It said that inspectors chose to demote her after the first day of a two-day inspection because she had made untrue claims about how children at the school were being s_xualized.
Ms. Perry killed herself on January 8, just over two months before the report came out. This caused her family, friends, coworkers, and the school community to feel sad. Ms. Perry had been the principal of Caversham Primary School (pictured) for more than a decade when Ofsted chose to change her rating from “excellent” to “unqualified.”
Her older sister Julia said that Ms. Perry was saddened by the test on November 15-16 of last year, telling her that it was “the worst day of my life” and that the experience was “really bad.” She told BBC South, “I said, ‘It won’t be that bad,’ and she said, ‘Yes, it is already bad.'”
Ms. Perry said that Inspectors from Ofsted told police and school officials that they saw a boy “using dental floss,” which is a famous dance move in the video game Fortnite, as proof that children were being sexualized at the school. Inspectors are said to have told staff that they saw child abuse, but Ms. Perry says it was just a fight on the field.
The primary school hasn’t been inspected in 13 years, since the rules that said excellent schools didn’t have to go through a full Ofsted check were taken away.
The study, which came out this week, said that the school did well in every area except for leadership and management, where it did badly. The study criticized schools for not keeping good records and said that holes in employment controls could put kids in danger. This is the worst thing that could happen to the school as a whole.
The inspectors said that “the behavior of the majority of students was reasonable and met the high expectations of staff.” They also said that students knew who to go to if they had questions or concerns and had confidence in that person. The help they need came to them. Teachers and students get along well and help each other out. Bullying doesn’t happen very often. But they also said, “Leaders don’t know how to keep students from getting hurt.” When kids are in danger, they don’t act quickly or in the right way. They didn’t make sure that safety measures worked everywhere in the school.