The Gorse Academies Trust
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Trust wasted so much money in wrong areas. Then had to make redundancies to cover short fall. I would not recommend a friend to work there that’s for sure
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Horrific place to work, no care or support for staff. Huge staff turnover compared to any other school I have worked for. SLT all trying to get to the top and don’t care about their staff. Miserable, stressed and overworked staff coupled with kids who have had all the joy sucked out of school due to ridiculous behaviour policy. Wouldn’t let my worst enemy work there
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None
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Long hours, stressed, under valued, back stabbing environment
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I’m still shocked that people continue to work for the Gorse academies trust but they manage to create a culture where people don’t dare speak out about their experiences. Do not voice your own professional opinions or thoughts, if they are in any way slightly alternative to the Trust’s as it won’t be viewed kindly. You may as well resign even if you have a great idea that other employers would see as beneficial. The work load is above and beyond other similar schools and Managment are fast tracked because of who they know and not what they know. There are cliques within school and if you don’t suck up to certain people, you will be over looked and ultimately pushed out.
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The students are great.
Cons
Poor management, excessive workload, 50-70 hour weeks, have to work weekends, people who don’t fit managed out, staff scared to speak out, don’t be fooled by the spiel
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Awful place to work. A forced culture of "be the best - at all costs". SLT that sell their souls to climb the ladder. Institutionalised, but subtle, bullying that leads to ultra-stressed, over-worked teachers. And the same bullying culture is dished out to the pupils in the form of an overly strict disciplinary system that sucks all the joy out of learning.
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Don’t be fooled by the over exaggerated opinion they write about themselves.The Farnley Academy for example, had MP’s demanding an immediate Ofsted inspection then went from “outstanding“ to “requires improvement” due to simple basic failures, narrowly escaping “special measures.” Awful place!!!
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Awful rude management of the cleaning staff talked down to all the time and swore at and bullied but nice as pie if top dogs were around, everybody is an equal and should be treated that way but this is not the case.
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Learnt new systems and processes. Very high expectations for all students and consistency in approach. Strong leadership at all levels and opportunities to develop through effective CPD
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High staff turn over , Always short staffed , Very long hours most times not finishing till 8.30pm something your not told about at the interview , weak management , no help or training given, Bullied by management into working lates and weekends so he didn't have to do it
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Shocking Manager who think it’s ok to undermine and demoralise unwell staff. No support and then attack when off sick. Seriously need to teach some staff how to work with people.
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Not very good at looking after staff very quick to point the blame on to someone when it’s managements fault . Quick to spend lots of money on office refurbishment all time on nothing doing school up
Pros
Some good staff
Cons
Not a good trust to work for
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An OFSTED outstanding academy with a remarkable team, creating great opportunities for children in and around the city centre. The school is still growing and improving each year.
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I was hired via an Agency. The school is modern and welcoming. CEIAG was 'bolt-on' but I believe the school employed a f/t Adviser later. My input was facilitated adequately.
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Subsidised lunches
Cons
No private interviewing space.
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No two days are the same. I am not sure what this process has to be do with my applying for a job at another place of employment and do not wish to undertake this part of the process as this is not relevant to my application
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Supporting and mentoring students , working within a classroom supporting teaching staff with low ability students. Small group work or on a 1-1 ratio. Small group reading and Literacy sessions.
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Supportive friendly staff.
Cons
Hard work and challenging at times.
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During my time I spent at Bruntcliffe School was valuable to me, I learnt a lot of new skills and gained a lot of knowledge to help me further my career. A typical day at work did not exist at Bruntcliffe School, I was working between the HR and Finance department due to team members been on sick, this was a benefit for me as I was trained on a financial program called FMS, I gained an understanding of the structure of the financial department and the process of how it was running, I helped raise orders and invoices which was new to me within a school enviroment, I picked it up very quickly as I am able to adapt well. The hardest part of the job was making sure all the orders were entered into the system on time and sent to be signed on the next day of receiving them, whilst assisting in the HR department as well I had to make it my main priority to meet the financial deadlines. My daily tasks included, Staff absence management, recording the sickness down and pulling daily sickness reports together. General filing, Recruitment was a big part of HR, arranging shortlisting grids, interview tasks and question packs for the interviewers, arranging refreshments and meeting rooms. Overall I really enjoyed my time at Bruntcliffe school .
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Learning new skills and using diffrent software.
Cons
Strict Dead lines
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I only do enrichment at the Farnley Academy i'm not a full working teacher.
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i did this job volunteering and i loved it classes were fun to be in, and it was a calm environment i also liked that it was mixed with my classes so i would always have something to do
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Was employed by Baker Harding just to go in to fill the position for a month.
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I worked as a personal tutor as soon as school closed to primary school children and then had training on the basics of accountancy after the sessions had finished. My coworkers were fellow students and as such we got along well. I learnt a lot of new ideas in accounting and developed a great deal of patience dealing with the children as many of the had a very hard time doing even the most basic mathematical concepts (such as addition.) When we got onto the accounting, I felt very much at home and in my element. I have been using office and excel all my life and every new skill we learnt gelled very well with what I already know and am good at. The big challenge was coming up with ways to deal with the children's problems. Because I am naturally talented at mathematics, it was hard to empathise with the children at first and I had to think laterally on the spot to develop new methods to impart knowledge.
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New learning experiences, high salary, fun challenges
Cons
Only lasted whilst I remained in high school, would have liked to do it longer.
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