The sister of tragic director Ruth Perry, who committed suicide while waiting for an inspection report, said “things have to be done with Ofsted”.
Ms Perry, 53, ran Caversham Primary School in Reading and took her own life two months ago after being told the school’s administration was being downgraded from Outstanding to Inadequate.
Her family says she described the inspection last November as the “worst day of her life” and revealed the stress she was experiencing while waiting for the report saying she was a “shadow of herself”.
Speaking to MailOnline, Ruth’s sister, University of Reading language professor Julia Waters, said the family was not happy with the schools’ inspection body.
Ms Perry’s sister, teacher Julia Waters, told MailOnline the family was unhappy with the schools’ inspection body, saying: “Things have to be done with Ofsted.”
Ruth Perry, 53, (pictured) ran Caversham Primary School in Reading and took her own life two months ago after being told the school’s administration was being downgraded from Outstanding to Inadequate.
Asked what she thought, Professor Waters said: “There are things to do with Ofsted, that’s all I’ll say for now.” We don’t want to say anything else at the moment. It has been a very stressful time.
Professor Waters has given a lengthy interview to the Sunday Times and is expected to unleash a critical attack on Ofsted, the Government Office for Educational Standards, in the article.
Ms Perry, who was married with children and had been headmistress at Caversham Primary School in Reading since 2010, took her own life in January this year believing the result was a “gross injustice”.
He claimed that inspectors told senior staff that they had seen a child flossing, a dance move popular with tens of millions of children around the world thanks to social media, and that this was evidence of the sexualization of children. students at school.
It is also alleged that inspectors told teachers they had seen child-on-child abuse, but Ms Perry insisted it was a fight on the playground. She was told the school was being downgraded from Outstanding to Inadequate, and she killed herself while she waited for the report to be released, her family said.
Julia claimed her beloved sister became “an absolute shadow of herself,” she said, adding: “This one-word judgment is destroying 32 years of her calling, education was her calling.” Thirty-two years summed up in one word, Inadequate.
‘He just preyed on her mind until she couldn’t take it anymore. It was a great loss, she was my little sister and she was only 53 years old, she still had so much more to give, so much more that she could do.
Ms Perry had been headmistress at Caversham Primary School (pictured) for over a decade when Ofsted decided to demote her from Outstanding to Inadequate.
The principal had an extraordinary bond with the school, having been a student there. She returned in 2006 as Assistant Principal and was promoted to Principal in 2010.
Ms Perry’s sister said there was a sense of “utter unfairness” about the process behind the inspection and report.
What is ‘flossing’? And is it a ‘sexualized’ dance?
Flossing is a dance trend that has spread all over the world in recent years.
The dance move consists of swinging the hips and arms in different directions as if there is invisible dental floss between the legs.
At the same time, the hips should move to the rhythm while the arms are held in two fists.
It was invented by 16-year-old social media star Russell Horning, who posted a video that went viral of him dancing to Katie Perry’s hit Swish Swish.
It was further popularized in the game Fortnite, but there is no evidence that it is sexual.
The inspection was the first for primary in 13 years, after rules exempting outstanding schools from being thoroughly examined by Ofsted were removed.
She told BBC South: “I said, ‘It can’t be that bad,’ and she said, ‘Yes, it is, it’s as bad as it can be.'”
“Throughout that whole process, every time I talked to her, she would talk about the countdown. I clearly remember one day when she said ’52 days and counting’.
“Every day he had this weight on his shoulders and he was not officially allowed to speak to his family. I remember the first time I saw her instead of just talking on the phone a couple of days after the end of the Ofsted inspection, she was an absolute shadow of her former self.
It is claimed that the inspectors had decided after the first day of the two-day inspection to lower it, as well as making apparently unsubstantiated claims about the sexualisation of children at the school.
Ms. Perry took her own life on January 8 of this year, just over two months before the report was published, prompting an outpouring of grief from family, friends, colleagues and the school community.
The report, which was released this week, found the school to be Good in all categories except leadership and administration, where it was deemed Inadequate.
The report criticized the school for poor record keeping, with gaps in employment controls that could put children at risk. This reduced the entire school to an Inadequate rating, the lowest possible.
The inspectors said that “most students behave sensibly and live up to the high expectations of staff,” adding: “Students know who to turn to if they have a concern or problem, feeling confident that they will get the help they need.” Relations between staff and students are warm and supportive. Bullying incidents are rare.
But they added: ‘Leaders don’t have the knowledge to keep students safe. They have not taken prompt and appropriate action when students are at risk. They have not made sure that the protection is effective throughout the school.’
Julia says her sister (pictured together) “was a huge loss” and “had so much more to give.”
The report states: ‘The governors have an ambitious vision for students and staff. However, they have not ensured that they meet their legal safeguarding responsibilities. Until the inspection, they were not aware of significant weaknesses in the school’s arrangements to keep students safe.’
He added that the school does not have “robust processes” to combat persistent absenteeism of some students and that leaders have a “weak understanding of safeguarding requirements and procedures.”
Matt Rodda, the Labor MP for Reading East, where the school is located, said: ‘I had a meeting with the schools minister and I also raised this with Ofsted’s regional director.
“I think it’s fair to say that there are local concerns about the way the inspection was carried out. Also about the way the Ofsted framework and other regulations affecting Ofsted work effectively, and the broader pressure on directors.’
In a statement to BBC South, Ofsted said: “We were deeply saddened by the tragic death of Ruth Perry. Our thoughts remain with Ms. Perry’s family, friends and everyone in the Caversham Elementary School community.’
Ofsted inspectors said leadership and management at Caversham Primary School were inadequate
In a statement released after her death, her family said: “We are devastated by the sudden loss of a lovely mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, sister-in-law and friend.”
“She leaves a huge and painful void in all of our lives and, we know, in the lives of so many others who were lucky enough to know her.
‘We thank all our friends for their thoughts and support now and in the difficult years ahead. Ruth will be remembered for the kind, funny, confident, vivacious and loving person that she was and for all that she accomplished in life.
“We also ask those who did not know Ruth to respect our privacy, as we come to terms with our unfathomable pain, and to carefully consider how their words and actions may affect others.”
‘As the many tributes she received from the school at large and the Caversham community attest, Ruth cared deeply not only for academic results, but also for the general well-being and happiness of the pupils and staff whom she taught and directed.
‘Caversham Primary was a very happy school under Ruth’s leadership and despite the many challenges that the role of Headmistress always brings, she too was happy there.
‘Ruth was a dedicated director and an excellent teacher. She loved the students and staff at Caversham Primary School and she was very proud to have been their Headmistress for 12 years and previously Assistant Headmistress for four years.
‘Ruth was a force for good in her life, and we want her to be a force for positive change after her death as well.
‘We would urge anyone affected by his death to speak up about their feelings and know that help is available. Local and national helplines, advice and support can be found on the reading family information service website.’
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