There are some fabulous teachers and other school staff who are wonderful people who care about their jobs and the people around them. The pupils get a really good deal on the whole, its the staff who can suffer. The problem is the culture of lies, favouritism and bullying at the top of the school. This bullying is played out in public with public telling off of or sidelining usually female staff who the leaders have a problem with. Its very uncomfortable to see people targeted and makes people scared, maybe thats the plan.
As a teacher at Stockport school, I can say that the student's wellbeing and thoughts about school are completely disregarded and unlistened too. There is no platform for students to raise concerns about their learning and their own safety at school. The school is run like a dictatorship. A certain assistant headteacher bullies students who he deems as 'stupid' and has even publically humiliated them in front of an entire class, I have had students say to me that they are terrified of going to his lessons. However, not every teacher is like this. Our school also has some amazing teachers who really care about the student's wellbeing and not just their grades which is exactly what a good teacher should be. Another thing I've noticed is the lack of mask-wearing by the teachers, yet the students are expected to wear them. The teachers are putting vulnerable students at risk by not even wearing a simple mask. Half of them wear a plastic visor which offers little to no protection of corona. This shows what some teachers attitudes are like towards those who are at risk.
High percentage of teachers don't wear masks, including the ************ ****. Yet students are expected to wear masks and are screamed at for not wearing one even with mask exemption. You can't have one policy for students and another for teachers. People call it a school but I call it a prison. Poor teaching in many subjects but some teachers are amazing. KS4 pastoral is awful and unsupportive towards many students compared to the KS3 pastoral team. Uniform is way to strict and unreasonable for many students, year 11's are forced to stand in the cold weather where as the other years get the privilege of the canteen. The one way system is ineffective and not covid safe especially with teachers not wearing masks or just wearing a plastic visor (which newsflash has minimal protection against covid).On the flipside there are some teachers who care about the students and don't take the easy way in teaching and always go the extra mile for them. But this isn't all teachers as some can't be bothered to even mark our online school work or help students when they ask for help (cough cough an assistant headteacher). The same assistant head has called multiple 'stupid' for failing a test which if anything shows his lack of good teaching. He's made fun of students with anxiety in front of the entire class, and if a student did this then it would be classes as bullying and would have faced sanctions. Yet he can abuse his power because he knows he will get away with it. The history department however is amazing especially with letting students out on time so they don't get referrals from their next lesson, also has always offered the students help when they don't understand.
I completed my GCSEs a few years ago and managed to get decent grades but that isn't the only thing school should be there for. It took until ks4 for school to realise my home life was in chaos but until then I had to deal with social isolation, depression and many concentration problems, problems teachers should pick up on as signs of domestic abuse or at least they should have investigated it. Although I do have to state that once social services did intervene in my family the school offered full support and cooperated very well in terms of extra help, I just wish that they had noticed these problems sooner so that I didn't have to put up with it as long as I did.
In terms of teaching staff it is clear that the teachers care greatly about the pupils they teach, they just might not always handle the pressure well and therefore appear frustrated, its normal for teenagers to have this effect anyway so I understand that teaching 30+ pupils requires god like patience. The quality of lessons can range from highly engaging to being given a textbook to work from (I will state that only 2 teachers went to this extreme). One thing teachers mostly got right was stopping hate speech whenever a student would use it.
A negative of the school policy is the over-restriction of uniform, I understand that they try to level the playing field in terms of clothing in order for students to not be subject to bullying but when I once had improper shoes because I couldn't get new ones for a few months I got in trouble. The idea that parents have to spend a fortune on a uniform and its called fair and equal upsets me, though this is more a systemic British problem than anything.
Another negative is that students cannot eat in lessons, if its not science where food can be contaminated then I believe that pupils should be able to, there are many that go to school hungry for many factors like poverty and just the fact that they don't have the energy to wake up that early (most teens dont), they then have to complete 2 hours of lessons before they are allowed to eat. This isn't fair on teachers either that will subsequently be punished if caught allowing pupils to eat in lessons.
Overall I believe that the school will get you through your exams and your teachers will dedicate both in class hours and outside of that to helping you do your best, however you may not automatically be referred for help in terms of mental health and family stuff so if you are in a position that you can talk about it, you need to. Hope this helped :-)
Pathetic. rude staff and rules! shoes with no more than 5 lace holes no trainers or patent shoes
No jewellery tight school pants or makeup no coats inside of the school one way system for students only face coverings for students only teachers are never in the wrong.