HOLLAND PARK SCHOOL
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Lovely kids, unacceptable management

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The management preyed on inexperienced teachers who know no better: the stress and expectations placed on staff here were neither normal nor necessary.NQTs who worked a minimum of 12 hours per day - plus weekends - were idolised rather than helped. Other staff were made to feel guilty for going to the gym or making half term plans.Lessons were theatrical, in that they were largely for show - as were many of the school’s burdensome, legalistic, and frankly excessive policies. I would not recommend working here.

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Lovely kids

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Long hours, culture of fear
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Inspiring a student-focused culture

It is a joy to work at Holland Park School and feel the strength of the teamwork and mutual loyalty among colleagues. The fulcrum of the school's activities are the students, and we the teaching staff are impelled by our determination to ensure a happy and successful future for them. Each teacher's unique set of skills is valued and respected by senior school leaders, and there is a collaborative and creative approach to the task of helping each staff member realise their full potential.
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Terrifying culture, extremely damaging for the mental and emotional well-being of staff

A culture of fear and intimidation for all members of staff and particularly those with a voice who disagree with the way the Headmaster runs the school. Students are a joy but equally terrified of Senior Leadership staff. Staff do not tend to stay for longer than 2 years.
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Controlling and frightening culture

The students are fantastic. Unfortunately they are not treated equally and staff are made aware of who has the most important parents - these children will have their books marked first and in the most detail. Staff turnover is so high because the demands placed on teachers are unreasonable. The leadership team use underhand tactics, such as threats of disciplinaries for vague situations that they will not explain as this would trigger a disciplinary, leaving the employee feeling vulnerable and frightened. The culture is very much one of fear for students and staff alike and it is not uncommon for students and staff to be publicly humiliated, for example by being made to sit in order of who earns the most to the least, or being a student who is screamed at in the atrium of the school when you know that the school's 'open door' teaching policy means that most of the student and staff bodies can hear what's being shouted at you. I would not recommend taking a job at Holland Park School.
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Think hard

The students are lovely. The management do have high standards which I admire. The management are young and they do not have the experience to mentor or guide you. If you are able to work independently and not be guided but then willing to suffer the consequences of any mistakes made, then this is the school for you. Continuing professional development does not exist. Teachers disappear for requesting pay rises. Ethnic minorities are advised not to apply.
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A very difficult culture to work in

The students at Holland Park School are wonderful however the work environment is very difficult. I felt bullied and micromanaged most of the time. Staff turnover is incredibly high. Much of the work you are forced to do is insignificant to the task of educating children. The turnover is incredibly high and SLT very inexperienced. Working at Holland Park School made me miserable and ill.
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3.4Work/Life Balance
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3.5Job security/advancement
3.5Management
3.3Culture

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