The British School of Lome
Overall GradeHow are scores determind?
- 3.9Professional Development
- 7.6Settling In
- 5.4After Arrival
The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.
School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.
School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.
Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.
Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.
Students are generally of high aptitude.
Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.
Students are of diverse ethnicity.
Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.
Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.
Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.
Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.
Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.
Salary scale is competitive.
Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.
Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.
Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.
School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.
School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.
School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.
School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.
School provides strong support for maternity benefits.
School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.
School provides an adequate shipping allowance.
School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.
The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.
Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.
Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.
School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.
Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.
Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.
City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel
City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.
Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.
Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.
City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.
City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.
Quality of local health care is excellent.
Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.
City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.
City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.
School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.
School makes available funds to support continued development.
Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.
Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.
School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.
School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.
School provides an allowance to support the transition.
Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.
Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.
School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.
school did not return 600 euros taken from my last salary for no reason; same for all colleague who left.
Definitely not perfect, but not a bad place to live either, particularly if you have a family. Amenities are close by (supermarket, pool, couple of restaurants), largely within walking distance, and there is plenty to do socially, although you do have to be willing to make a big effort to find it. Admittedly the school seems to have attracted some 'troubled' teachers in the past, but over the past couple of years things have slowly improved and there is a more positive atmosphere to the place. Health care and savings potential are ok, could be better, but the school seems keen to employ people with a sense of adventure who want to be in situated in West Africa, not in rapidly expanding their back accounts. The school is growing in numbers and facilities and resources are improving, but this is not a 'techie' school, the internet speed can be frustrating and there are just two interactive whiteboards- projectors in each classroom. Housing isn't bad, but isn't great either. It's quite 'tired' but most staff are in decent sized three bed bungalows with large gardens. You do need to spend a bit of your own money to make it 'home'. Management are 'on a mission' to improve the school and improve the financial situation (which at present is much better) so can be a little 'brisk' in their approach, but is understandable given their task and we are openly encouraged to share any questions/concerns we have. As for the personal comments made about individual members of staff in another review of the school, let's face it, nobody gets on with everybody and it would be a lot more helpful to keep in mind the aim of this website is to review the school - not individuals and your personal relationships with them. What works for some, doesn't for others and although in the past there has been high staff turnover, more and more people are extending their contracts for more than the initial two years, most expat teachers here are now entering their third or fourth year here. It's a bit like Vegemite (Marmite for the Anglophiles), you either love it or hate it here, but at the end of the day the kids are great, the atmosphere relaxed and the sun ALWAYS shines!
Unless the administration has changed markedly the Head of Secondary is still a "Yes man", the Head of the school wants to be a one man band and will unceremoniously take your good ideas as his own but will blame you loudly if anything goes wrong. The Bursar just yells at you to make his point, HR has no idea and is more likely than not to take time off when the pressure is on so she does not have to get involved. The staff who left last year were lucky to be paid and the owners are losing money rapidly. The owner's children are entering their last years of schooling and will leave soon.No-one is quite sure if the school can keep losing money as it is at the moment.Three of the staff are drunks and the average time for expats is almost as long as the two year contracts. Maybe it has improved.I don't put the school on my CV because it has a terrible name and is not doing anything to make it better as far as I know from those still there. The Head of Primary is still struggling to teach, let alone be the Head. The Head of school tells people that gossip should not be listened to, but his wife has made up or certainly passed on disgusting stories about other teachers. The history of the school is based on constant bickering and it has always struggled to stay afloat financially. It is the place to go if you can put up with sycophants and bum kissing, but if you are a serious educator think seriously about your ability to throw away most of your ethics and moral responsibility. Those with a future either left early or put up with it for their two years and got out as quickly as they could. One teacher went home at lunch and never came back. She voted with her feet. So did I.
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