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Holland Park School

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The typical day at work is fast paced. What I learnt is that the school has a high turn over rate, plus to support students with special educational needs. The management is done well and is structured, but sometimes you are focused into tasks that you don't want to do. The workplace culture is encouraged and supported by your department. The hardest part of the job supporting students and not having the correct training to help them succeed.The most enjoyable part of the job is working with the young people.


Holidays and working with young people


short breaks and being talked belittled.
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Terrifying management

Unacceptable management style. Bullying management culture pupil are enjoyable and talented. Clear space to work and direction on what needs to be done


Professional environment


Poor management
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  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things

Lovely kids, unacceptable management

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.


Lovely kids


Long hours, culture of fear
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Poor Leadership, manipulative, disrespectful and belittling

- Leadership team are controlling will not listen to the opinions of others and treat teachers like children. - Punish those who leave (worst classes, reducing or removing pay without warning, rude or no reference) - No union presence, intimidate anyone who goes to the union with an issue
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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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the management and and the SEN team are brilliant and supportive of further training. staff members were friendly and easy to talk to the school takes pride in results and ensuring students get the grades they can achieve.


easy location


short lunch break
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Based on 29 reviews

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3.3 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.2 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.4 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.3 out of 5 stars for Management
3.2 out of 5 stars for Culture


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