Lordswood Boys School
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Teacher of Foundation Studies in Birmingham, West Midlands
on 17 March 2021
Ok
It is OK. The workload is high, the students are challenging, management is a mine field that you have to learn to navigate, but my job is rewarding. There is a high number of students who have come to England from other countries and seeing them learn and progress is enjoyable. I can see why lots of people have left as members of SLT are hard to deal with, tell lies to your face, take credit for others work and can be really difficult to speak to. If you can learn to ignore the many negatives and focus on the rewarding aspects then you can survive here.
Foundation Studies Teacher in Birmingham, West Midlands
on 19 March 2021
Not every school is for every one
I could just be a bitter ex-employee or this school could have serious faults. Maybe you have to work there to find out for yourself and make your own judgement? At first I didn't believe the things I was hearing about this school and had a really positive interview experience and first few weeks there, but the issues soon started to reveal themselves. I've never worked in a place like it. SLT seem to think they are untouchable and refuse to acknowledge that there are problems with their style of management. If you attempt to speak to any one about how you are feeling you are told that not every school is for every one and certain things have to be done to improve a school, but their approach goes far beyond high standards. For the record, I've worked in outstanding schools and they have managed this without running their staff into the ground, making derogatory comments or generally creating a poor working environment. Alarm bells should ring for anyone considering applying when SLT have to use their own family to prop up departments. I love being an educator and seeing students thrive and learn to love a subject, but this place made me completely reconsider my entire career to the point that I've now left it.
Science Teacher in Birmingham, West Midlands
on 18 March 2021
Stressful and unsupportive
I am sure you could find some people who enjoy this kind of environment but given that staff turn over is incredibly high, I would say most don't. During my time there, a significant number of staff left and I know that more have gone since. They would quite literally disappear overnight which meant excessive cover and students who lacked faith in you and expected you to leave almost as soon as you arrived. You can't speak to any one about problems as leadership is unapproachable and refuses to acknowledge glaring issues. Teaching in this school is almost overwhelming. The data and administration that you are expected to carry out alongside your role makes the work load essentially unmanageable. I frequently worked from 6am until past midnight and was encouraged to answer emails that arrived in my inbox during the night and on weekends. No matter how much time or energy I gave this job, it just didn't seem enough and work life balance is poor at best. If you try and ask for any support then you are criticised for needing it. Even if you need assistance with student behaviour then you cannot ask for help because they have a no referral culture which basically means you get zero help at all times. Communication between leadership and staff is incredibly poor and some emails sent can come across as rude. Students are complex and it really isn't their fault that their behaviour is so poor as leadership fails to understand them. Initially I thought that this school looked great and the salary and opportunity to teach in a improving school was attractive, but the reality is far different from the image they promote. I gave it a chance and really wish that I hadn't, but I guess there are some that might thrive in this environment.
Teacher in Birmingham, West Midlands
on 16 March 2021
Avoid
I am sure there are some who could say that this school is a good place to work, but I think it takes a certain type of person to enjoy working in such a toxic environment. During the few short months I worked there, I found the place to be a nightmare. I was even warned on my first day by an existing member of staff to make sure I had a union membership as I was likely to need it. Multiple members of staff leave during each term and I can't say I blame them. Unethical practices are encouraged and you receive little to no support when dealing with what can only be described as feral children.
Teacher in Birmingham, West Midlands
on 5 March 2021
Transformational
Lordswood Boys’ School is a great place to work. The staff are very supportive and work together to ensure they get the very best outcomes for the students. It is fast paced and each day brings new positive challenges. No one is left behind and students are supported with their literacy. The school is very data driven ensuring that there is impact with everything they do. If you like transforming children’s lives and are prepared to work hard you will love working at LBS.

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