The Gorse Academies Trust
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AVOID this organisation at all costs!

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Rethink about applying for a job at this organisation. As a member of staff, you are treated like you are a nobody unless the staff member is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Constantly looked down upon by SLT, they do not care about staff well-being. Get upsetting emails are a minute late to your duty point and demand a reason why. Put additional pressure on to staff members and throw you in the deep end on your first day and do not even show you around and throw you in an office. The workplace culture is so toxic, can not trust anyone things get around very quickly. Getting the constant emails in the early hours of the morning and during the holidays adds to the stress of the job. Not a good place to work, and will push the probation period back if they want to. They will try everything to keep you on if you attempt to leave or say you are thinking about leaving.
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No respect

They give you no respect the party is a joke and very stressful the heads are a joke most of the time they won't give you breaks wanting things done every five mins or less

Pros

Non

Cons

Everything
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Not for the faint hearted - Concerns regarding the application of positive discipline- Unreasonable work expectations beyond the usual for the role- Bordeline unprofessional behaviours

Pros

great facilities

Cons

ethos
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Wouldn't want to work anywhere else!

You work hard, but you make a difference, no matter your role. The children are wonderful and the staff genuinely want to make a difference to some of the most disadvantaged children in the city.

Pros

Opportunity to progress. Supportive Leaders Great team

Cons

None
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Often making you work extra for no pay, under staffed and under funded

Long working hours for very small pay. Often using own vehicles to collect items for building work.
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Gave me severe anxiety - AVOID

The school was a beautiful place to work until GORSE Academies Trust came along. Students loved learning and the community of staff enjoyed being at work and supported each other. Under the guise of getting to ‘outstanding’, GORSE bullied their way in, pushing out valued and experienced members of staff because they didn’t fit into a VERY specific teaching style. The work life balance was depressing with SLT sending emails in the early hours of the morning which were to be actioned as soon as you arrived the following day. There were literally no “perks” of the job.. apart from the odd stale brownies/flapjacks which was dressed up as fantastic presents from SLT. Their behaviour policy, ironically called “POSITIVE discipline” literally sucks any joy and creativity out of the student experience. Many teachers were anxious and panicky, with a lot of them bursting into tears at any given moment. The management style was condescending, rude and dangerous to staff morale and wellbeing. I hope all my unhappy colleagues find something they deserve. Yeah.. avoid.

Pros

Students and colleagues (not SLT)

Cons

Work-life balance, bullying, toxic, depressing
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Stay clear

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

Pros

None

Cons

Long hours, stressed, under valued, back stabbing environment
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If I told you some of the horrific things they get away you wouldn’t believe that people still choose to work there.

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.

Pros

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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Stay well clear!

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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Horrendous Place to Work!!

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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Very bad place to work

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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Excellent CPD

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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Priorities in wrong areas

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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not a good place to work

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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Vile

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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Great school till it went to a trust

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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Supportive and positive work environment

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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Careers Adviser

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.

Pros

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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Teaching Assistant

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.

Pros

Supportive friendly staff.

Cons

Hard work and challenging at times.
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Productive hard working to meet deadlines.

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 .

Pros

Learning new skills and using diffrent software.

Cons

Strict Dead lines
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2.2 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.5 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.2 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.2 out of 5 stars for Management
2.3 out of 5 stars for Culture

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