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Wycombe High School Reviews

Updated 10 Nov 2017

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  1. "The worst management I have ever experienced."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wycombe High School part-time

    Pros

    The majority of the staff are very nice to work with, with the exception of the management. The students are polite.

    Cons

    The management of the school is completely incompetent and if you were to bring up a minor issue they will hound you and make up things you have done to start disciplinary procedures (unless you just leave as most do at this point). My resignation included a formal complaint about bullying by my line manager which was 'unsubstantiated' as there was little evidence and surprisingly enough she couldn't remember saying any...

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    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff. You have hone to great length to emplyer competent and knowledgeable people, make them feel valued and they will stay and be more willing to go the extra mile!

    Wycombe High School2017-11-10
  2. "Perhaps OK for maximum of 2 years-then move on"

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

      I worked at Wycombe High School part-time

      Pros

      The pupils are largely co-operative and biddable, meaning that you can carry out a planned lesson.

      Cons

      Management is dictatorial and divisive, encouraging unseemly competition for pupils between departments, and within departments. I've never known a school have so many staff and pupils suffer from stress and depression: this situation is recognised by Occupational Health.

      Advice to Management

      You'd find care and kindness to pupils and staff alike would be repaid a hundredfold. Their loyalty and support would amaze you and contribute a sense of unity and fulfilment for all. People would no longer feel bullied and continually censured by a critical, distant, impersonal 'leadership' team.

      Wycombe High School2017-09-23
    • Helpful (2)

      "Handle with care and only apply if you have no other reasonable options!"

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      Former Employee - Head of Department 
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Wycombe High School

      Pros

      Own desk in department area in a large and busy staffroom. Lovely views from the staffroom window. A great place to learn a lot for a year or two at the beginning of a career. Staff turnover is phenomenal so a great way to make lots of contacts that then move elsewhere. Get a good sense of what is "out there" and don't tend to feel any sense of loyalty to the school as very few stay very long.

      Cons

      If you are singled out for "the treatment" you will be hounded in the expectation that you will go. If not of your own free will then incidents will be invented (from a tiny seed of truth) or exaggerated and distorted and then a list of them collected to be used to make out you really are an incompetent or unprofessional teacher. When that first starts it is best to get out. There is no support. (It mostly happens...

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      Advice to Management

      I don't think management are able to hear advice. Its as if they don't even see (or care) how cruel their relentless hounding is. As long as they look good on paper... Needs fresh blood infused with large dose of humanity.

      Wycombe High School2016-08-23
    • Helpful (5)

      "Some changes are long overdue"

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      Current Employee - Teacher in High Wycombe, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Wycombe High School full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Facilities for students are generally very good, for example science labs have been refurbished; the school has an excellent library, good ICT facilities and a very well-supported VLE. It is a selective school, so the students are able and often very confident – they will always achieve excellent examination results. Most teachers are highly committed, supporting a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities and trips....

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      Cons

      It is very difficult to evaluate the motives of the management of this school without drawing unsavoury conclusions about their ambitions. Some of the behaviour of higher tiers oscillates between ineptitude and oppression. Some individuals can be unnecessarily unpleasant or simply dishonest, and there is very little team spirit – more an atmosphere of ‘us and them’: the downtrodden hoi polloi and those with power. Senior...

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      Advice to Management

      The governors would be well advised to put an end to the cronyism that undoubtedly takes place at this school, particular, but not exclusively, regarding internal appointments of senior staff. A thorough investigation into the unchecked behaviour of senior managers is long overdue, and fresh blood and more honesty are urgently needed at the top.

      Wycombe High School2015-02-13
    • Helpful (5)

      ""Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.""

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      Current Employee - Former Employee in Reading, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Wycombe High School full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      The greatest assets of Wycombe High School are the children, who are mostly delightful to teach. They respond well to good teaching and achieve excellent examination results. The participation in extra-curricular activities is very high, with outstanding achievements in areas such as sport, music and drama. The Subject Leaders vary in quality, but the majority are highly committed and support their teams well. The parents...

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      Cons

      The overwhelming issue at Wycombe High School is the over-controlling and over-promoted leadership They have been described by many as unscrupulous, manipulative, deceitful and even poisonous, and the ethos of the team is ‘do as I say’ rather than ‘do as I do’. Many staff despair that the true aims of the school are not as stated, but in reality they are to promote the career of a few individuals, and possibly their not-so-carefully...

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      Advice to Management

      It is difficult to offer any advice to people who are far too arrogant to take constructive any form of criticism, but my advice to the governing body is to not allow all the information their receive to be filtered by the school's very effective propaganda machine. Instead, get out there amongst ALL the staff and students and find out what is REALLY going on. All is not what it seems.

      Wycombe High School2015-01-26
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