‘One girl had a crush on me’: Former Aylesbury High headteacher confesses all on TV documentary

Former Aylesbury High headteacher Ruth Alinek, who appeared on Channel 4's Confessions of a Teacher PNL-141216-133015001
Former Aylesbury High headteacher Ruth Alinek, who appeared on Channel 4's Confessions of a Teacher PNL-141216-133015001

A former head of Aylesbury High School has appeared on a TV documentary spilling the beans on what life as a teacher is really like.

Ruth Alinek, who was in charge at the High between 2003 and 2005, was one of seven contributors on Channel 4’s ‘Confessions of a Teacher’.

Ms Alinek spoke during the show about how relationships between students and teachers had changed over the past 50 years.

She said: “At some point you are likely to have a student with a crush on you.

“For me, it was once I started teaching at all-girls schools and I only realised when the student was about to leave to go to university and wrote me a note. It made her feelings perfectly clear and it was quite sweet and I wasn’t offended.

“It left me with a problem of do I just ignore it or do I just take her on a very public walk around the school grounds which I did.

“It would have been much harder now especially if she hadn’t been about to leave the school.”

Ms Alinek also spoke about the introduction of Ofsted in 1992.

She said: “I was really quite narked at the idea that somebody would come and comment on the quality of my lesson.

“Across the board, people saw it as an unnecessary imposition and for teachers of my generation that has been quite difficult to accept.

“I did have staff that got extremely nervous. I even had a member of staff who fainted in her lesson.

“Your role as somebody who inspired students was being restricted into a tunnel vision view of education. “

Since retiring in 2005 after leaving the High School, Ms Alinek has worked as an advisor to struggling teachers.

Confessions of a Teacher is available to watch on 4oD until the New Year.