28 Nov 2023

Ruth Perry inquest: Ofsted criticised by coroner over ‘insensitive’ comments


An Ofsted inspector has told an inquest into the death of headteacher Ruth Perry that she was “very upset” during the inspection of her school, saying “she couldn’t show her face again”.

Ms Perry’s family says she took her own life after the watchdog downgraded her primary school in Reading from “outstanding” to “inadequate”, over safeguarding concerns. It has since been reassessed and judged to be “good”.