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Ark Schools Reviews

Updated 6 Jun 2019

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Lucy Heller
13 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic organisation to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff are all committed to the charity's Good work-life balance with working from home available Decent salary Management care about staff - there is a good culture of social events and opportunities for training

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to progress into senior roles

    Ark Schools2017-10-26
  2. "Great children willing to learn, poor staff treatment"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant 

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time

    Pros

    Children are pushed to succeed in all areas.

    Cons

    Staff are micromanaged. It is a very toxic environment.

    Ark Schools2019-06-06
  3. "Incompetent!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ark Schools part-time

    Pros

    There are a few good people working for them

    Cons

    - FAR too much micro-management - Pay is terrible and not commensurate with real professional fees (ironic when the CEO banks close to 1/4 of a million) - Don't feel listened to - Poor communication with employees - Management seem to pass the buck

    Advice to Management

    Pay more/stop micro-managing and treat your employees with more respect/concern for their well-being - trust them to get on with the job!

    Ark Schools2019-03-21
  4. "Really don’t"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None this is a miserable place to work

    Cons

    Poisonous working environment, poor staff retention

    Advice to Management

    Try another career

    Ark Schools2019-02-08
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Outstanding education, poor work environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In an Ark school, pupils always say that they enjoy being challenged and learning interesting things. There are alot of days that involve science, maths and many more. As an academy, there is the freedom for Teachers to test the waters on making education interesting. More opportunity to help that pupil (learning, personal and social development).

    Cons

    It is unfortunate that the work environment is very toxic. SLT tend to have the upper hand over staff of a position under them. It is easy for SLTs to get away with indirect mistreatment. This is not questioned by HR. Examples can be by constantly picking on staff members under them for no good reasons. This is dissapointing, as some of this has nothing to do with the childrens wellbeing, but their ego. Treatment...

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    Advice to Management

    -Practice what you preach; if you want the pupils to understand respect and compassion, show this to all staff members regardless of background/ position. -Think how your actions/ intentions affect others. - Be grateful of the people that you work with. -Have respect for others career development. -Have enough staff ratio to reduce safeguarding risk.

    Ark Schools2018-11-21
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Needs to change."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Worked in a supportive and sociable team. Worked for a forward thinking head of team that pushed for our growth and development unfortunately this is not typical of a head of team/senior manager across the organisation.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity, particularly at senior management level. Have no chance to progress if you don't fit a certain mould. Majority of junior staff are overworked and underpaid which leads to high turnover in certain roles as staff at this level do not feel valued by their managers/organisation. Hierarchical structure which means a lengthy 'sign off' process that pro longs decision making and senior management team...

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    Advice to Management

    Make diversity and inclusion a priority. Stop hiring in your own image. Stop making decisions at a top level without getting buy in from the employees these decisions will ultimately effect . Listen to issues being raised by current employees and you need to be pro active in trying to resolve them and not just pass it on to HR to deal with. Lead by example and actively embody the 'Ark Values' instead of using...

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    Ark Schools2018-10-07
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good cause, quick career development but no work/life balance, constant pressure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time

    Pros

    -The Cause: all children and young people need good teachers. The kids are challenging but keep you on your toes and are fun. -Career Development: move up quite quickly -Training: access to training (mainly classroom techniques) at all stages of your career -Can do and will do attitude: from management and across the network. Filters down. -It's People: it’s a tough place to work, but everyone is in it together-...

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    Cons

    -No work/life balance: be prepared to work long, exhausting hours during the week and weekend -School hours: many of the schools have reduced their lunch times from 1 hour to 40-30mins and have no morning break. Some schools have compulsory enrichment time after school until 5.30pm. These are hard long days with lots of pupil contact time. Sometimes so exhausting productivity and lesson planning is badly affected. ...

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    Advice to Management

    Give more support to your teachers. Holistic Education approach. Not sure how to do it but address the work/life balance

    Ark Schools2018-09-27
  8. "Worth it if you're dedicated."

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    Current Employee - History Teacher, Assistant Head of Year, Head of House in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ark Schools full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, great opportunities, great challenges.

    Cons

    Too much corporate culture. Older and experienced teachers are valuable, but seem to be seen as expendable and expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Allow greater freedom. See the value of older staff. Branding is not everything.

    Ark Schools2018-09-02
  9. "Pastoral Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Leonards, South East England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Ark Schools full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with children is always rewarding

    Cons

    Too many responsibilities, too little time, awful pay and conditions

    Ark Schools2018-10-01
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Restrictive and regimented work environment"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ark Schools full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues - many who left at the same time I did. The salary was relatively good High expectations of the children

    Cons

    There was very little room for career progression. Professional development was limited and training provided was very narrow and specific to the ARK organistion. There was a reluctance to spend money on essential resources or supply teachers and teachers were actively discouraged to take time off when sick. The Ark approach to delivering education and managing behaviour is not very child centred nor does it...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to, respect and value staff. Create opportunities for all to progress, develop and receive relevant training. Provide support for hardworking staff where it is needed and see the children and their families as individuals not just numbers within this large organisation.

    Ark Schools2018-06-26
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