Headteacher wins £10,000 prize for Ofsted inspection play

A primary school headteacher has won a £10,000 playwriting prize for his comedy about a disastrous Ofsted inspection. The BBC reports.

Headless, by Colin Dowland, won the 2019 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.

The headteacher in the play is found drunk and unconscious and locked in a toilet on the day inspectors visit.

Mr Dowland said his job was perfect inspiration because “in school something ridiculous happens every day”.

Headless, which includes compromising revelations of a dominatrix, an illicit affair and a wayward gap student, will now be considered for production by Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.

Mr Dowland, a headteacher at Woodbridge Primary School in North London, said:

“So I’m delighted the judges thought it was and picked it as the winner. Every day is funny when you work in a primary school.”

He said Osted inspections were “the most terrifying [days] of a school’s life” so it made for “great source material”.

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