Television crews have been spotted in Reading town centre following the inquest of Caversham primary school principal Ruth Perry.

The inquest verdict on Ms Perry’s case is expected to be announced either later today or tomorrow.

As previously reported, Caversham Primary School principal Ruth Perry died on January 8 this year shortly after being told her school was being downgraded from outstanding to inadequate. 

The Ofsted inspection - the school's first in 13 years - took place on November 15 and 16, 2022, with Ms Perry allegedly telling her sister it was "the worst day of her life", describing the experience as "dreadful". 

Clare Jones-King and Joanne Grover, acting co-headteachers at Caversham, gave evidence to the inquest at Berkshire Coroner’s Office in Reading.

Both Ms Jones-King and Ms Grover were present in the school during the inspection, the inquest heard.

Senior coroner Heidi Connor asked them if they believed that there was a “direct link” between the Ofsted inspection and Ms Perry’s mental health “deterioration” and “death”.

Both teachers answered: “Yes.”

The inquest also heard that following the Ofsted inspection, Ms Perry spoke to her local GP, as well as contacting local mental health services.

Senior coroner Heidi Connor asked Mr Back if there was a link between the Ofsted inspection and Ms Perry’s mental health deterioration and death.

He said: “Yes, I think there is a link.”