I began work at the school as an NQT, and was initially told I was doing well. To begin with I enjoyed my job, though the hours were long and the workload heavy - I felt that I was making a difference and that SLT cared about myself and my colleagues.
I was wrong.
During my 3rd NQT term, there was a huge staffing change. My mentor left, as did the head teacher. I had made the mistake of disclosing to my previous mentor that I was struggling with my mental health, and things suddenly changed. I was told that I was inadequate, and probably wouldn't pass my nqt year unless I had several extensions. No attempt was made to support me through this process, and SLT made it clear they did not care about my wellbeing. I ended up leaving because the stress and pressure caused my mental health to deteriorate so badly I became very I'll.
In my time at this school I experienced relentless bullying from SLT, a leadership team that were focused only on numbers and league tables instead of their childrens wellbeing, an atmosphere rife with cliques, my colleagues scribbling sentences in their childrens books with their non dominant hands and faking work in order to tick boxes, and little to no regard for staff wellbeing. I saw colleagues pressured into taking extra responsibilities with no compensation for their additional work, teachers and support staff sobbing in the staff room from the abuse and lack of support, teachers being verbally abused by the deputy head in front of their classes, colleagues being given deliberately bad references to prevent them from moving on. My own reference was awful and prevented me from getting another job for quite some time. Please, please do not work for this academy trust. I promise you it is not worth it.
Teachers and support staff were lovely people and a pleasure to work with
Bullying, lack of regard for staff wellbeing, lack of individuality for students, one size fits all approach, poor management