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New School Reviews

• Beanstalk International Bilingual School China 8/31 review 29
I can’t recommend working at any of the BIBS schools to any seasoned teacher… [553 words]

• British International School Casablanca Morocco 8/31 review 5
We were out of a job at the worst time possible to find a new one… [321 words]

• Frankfurt International School Germany 8/31 review 7
We’ve enjoyed out time at FIS & will move on soon with good memories… [822 words]

• Epsom College Malaysia 8/28 review 3
For the past three months, all teachers took a 10% pay cut… [1,644 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 8/28 review 57
I concur with the prior reviews. They certainly represent my four years at BSB… [902 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 8/27 review 9
Read these reviews & believe them. You may think it won’t happen to you but it will… [330 words]

• British School Nanjing China 8/27 review 12
Think things can’t be worse than in your current school, think again… [2,393 words]

• European School Rhein Main Germany 8/27 review 2
It seems to me that most people leave this place on bad terms… [198 words]

• International Academy Amman Jordan 8/27 review 37
The housing that is provided is awful & well below basic living standards… [289 words]

• Huamao International School China 8/26 review 11
Lack of job description leaves room for many uncompensated work hours… [471 words]

• British International School Ukraine 8/26 review 56
It is a good place for British teachers as all PD is focused on teaching in the UK… [206 words]

• Khartoum International Community School Sudan 8/26 review 25
What seemed to be a quality school is heading downhill at breakneck speed… [546 words]

• Udon Thani International School Thailand 8/26 review 6
I wasn’t equipped to deal with the degree of damage & politics I experienced… [240 words]

• Institut auf dem Rosenberg Switzerland 8/25 review 5
Teachers are instructed to give students a grade no lower than a B… [838 words]

• Lucaya International School Bahamas 8/25 review 2
Paradise is not all that it seems!… [1,203 words]

• Times College China 8/25 review 4
If you wish to move to China for the full CCP experience, you’ve found it… [413 words]

• British School Bucharest Romania 8/25 review 6
Teachers quit over the holiday, more are considering not turning up next week… [223 words]

• American Community School Abu Dhabi UAE 8/25 review 12
Abu Dhabi is family friendly and a great place to raise kids… [326 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 8/25 review 56
They left me high & dry in May when all the good jobs are gone… [73 words]

• Yoyogi International School Japan 8/24 review 5
Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic the school has been so badly managed… [415 words]

• Dulwich College Suzhou China 8/24 review 11
I have many good memories, but I have serious concerns to share… [888 words]

• International School Tianjin China 8/24 review 11
I feel extremely grateful to be part of the IST family… [258 words]

• Concordian International School Thailand 8/24 review 6
No school is perfect, but I am happy the way it is now… [301 words]

• Swiss International Scientific School Dubai UAE 8/24 review 3
If you aren’t convinced by this review, speak to a few current teachers… [977 words]

• Times College China 8/24 review 3
I warn any teacher who is considering taking a job here to do your research… [243 words]

• TLC International School Mauritania 8/24 review 3
In my seven years at TLC, I always felt supported and cared for… [193 words]

• International School Dhaka Bangladesh 8/24 review 36
Could be a nice place to work but several people & decisions make it impossible… [602 words]

• Bavarian International School Germany 8/21 review 13
There are just too many issues that need to be addressed… [830 words]

• Misk Schools Saudi Arabia 8/21 review 2
So, yeah, save some cash. That’s the main Pro, that’s about it… [982 words]

• Dulwich International High School China 8/21 review 5
Great place to work if you are used to working very hard… [958 words]

• Huamao International School China 8/21 review 10
Where does one even start on a place this dysfunctional?… [451 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 8/21 review 29
Key to understanding this awful place is that many of us stay to earn money… [362 words]

• Tenby Schools Setia Eco Park Malaysia 8/20 review 8
The campus is a mess, it leaks, has no aircon & the cracks have been papered over… [212 words]

• King’s College Panama 8/20 review 13
You will not be thanked for going the extra mile there… [2,072 words]

• British School Alexandria Egypt 8/20 review 13
All accommodation is within walking distance of the school… [291 words]

• Gulf English School Kuwait 8/20 review 46
Appalling & I’d seriously recommend you reconsider your application… [315 words]

• Malvern College Qingdao China 8/19 review 28
Reading this highlights what a soap opera it has been over the last 6 months… [1,260 words]

• International School Ho Chi Minh City American Academy Vietnam 8/19 review 6
Terrible facility; It’s dangerously packed with too many students… [284 words]

• Epsom College Malaysia 8/19 review 2
COVID seriously exposed many weaknesses in its business model & leadership… [840 words]

• Cairo English School Egypt 8/19 review 29
With the current importance of job security, I urge you to not choose CES… [2,423 words]

• International School Ho Chi Minh City American Academy Vietnam 8/18 review 5
Your job is in jeopardy if you’re heard to make negative comments… [242 words]

• St Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107 Thailand 8/18 review 2
The pay is not great for the kind of school it presents itself as… [772 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 8/18 review 28
If you do come here – trust no one… [888 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 8/18 review 29
The working environment is the worst I have ever experienced… [1,240 words]

• Dulwich College Shanghai China 8/17 review 13
You will work hard & at times your well-being will be effected… [2,996 words]

• Nanwai King’s College School China 8/17 review 2
Don’t be fooled by the use of the name King’s College. It’s not that good of a school… [511 words]

• English International School Moscow Russia 8/17 review 3
My teaching & living experience in Moscow was a joy… [202 words]

• Merchiston International School China 8/14 review 6
I would caution others against the shiny image presented by MIS marketing… [1,195 words]

• Merchiston International School China 8/14 review 7
A small price to pay for some, but untenable for others… [1,555 words]

• Kang Chiao International School China 8/14 review 15
Staff are treated like robots in a factory… [626 words]

• Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 8/14 review 25
Includes 3 main sections: treatment during Covid-19, pros & cons… [796 words]

• International School Nanjing Yuhuatai China 8/13
First time reviewed on ISR [631 words]

• Etqan Global Academy Qatar 8/13
First time reviewed on ISR [1,689 words]

• Dar es Salaam International Academy Tanzania 8/13 review 10
Well resourced school which is improving year by year… [80 words]

• British School Brasilia Brazil 8/13 review 5
Previous reviews are spot on, which means nothing has changed for the past 4 years… [740 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 8/12 review 55
Here are my PROS and CONS about BSB… [776 words]

• International School Panama 8/12 review 16
I am very worried about the future of our school… [167 words]

• Huamao International School China 8/12 review 8
Many students cannot speak English at conversational level… [721 words]

• Huamao International School China 8/12 review 9
Profit trumps all else. No value put on the education of the child… [1,090 words]

• International School Bucharest Romania 8/12 review 2
If you’re coming from IB background you might find it very difficult & challenging… [596 words]

• Merchiston International School China 8/11 review 5
Perhaps most frustrating is the tight grip the investor holds on the purse strings… [1,927 words]

• Garden International School Malaysia 8/11 review 9
I left this school a much better teacher than when I arrived… [251 words]

• Mandalay International Science Academy Myanmar 8/11 review 2
The low salaries does not attract the best teachers… [53 words]

• Nord Anglia School Beijing Fangshan China 8/10 review 2
I just don’t see how this school will survive & thrive… [264 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 8/10 review 54
One contract at this school and I was ecstatic to leave… [264 words]

• International School Macao 8/10 review 24
TIS is in absolute chaos in all grade divisions… [158 words]

• Nord Anglia Chinese Int’l School Shanghai China 8/6
First time reviewed on ISR [178 words]

• Seisen International School Japan 8/6 review 16
I think our school needs a new head… [95 words]

• Colegio Internacional Puerto La Cruz Venezuela 8/6 review 7
Here is a letter I wrote to submit to the school board… [1,331 words]

• Rafa Nadal International School Spain 8/5 review 5
Not much real learning or education goes on here… [571 words]

• Institut auf dem Rosenberg Switzerland 8/5 review 4
This isn’t my first school, nor will it be the last. However, it is by far the worst… [788 words]

• Modern English School Egypt 8/5 review 36
I was very shocked to read so many negative reviews about this school… [154 words]

• Cairo English School Egypt 8/4 review 28
Prefer job security & a supportive school? This school isn’t for you… [181 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 8/4 review 53
I just wish that schools like this acted in a more honorable way… [506 words]

• Prem Tinsulanonda International School Thailand 8/4 review 14
Given that you spend 9 hours of your life at work the balance is not good… [1,048 words]

• OX TLC International School China 8/3
First time reviewed on ISR [202 words]

• Dulwich International High School China 8/3 review 3
It seems to be up to staff in most cases to choose whether they renew their contract… [780 words]

• Dulwich International High School China 8/3 review 4
This school has huge potential but needs a strong leader, with a real voice… [358 words]

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 8/3 review 16
Surely this awful situation cannot be allowed to continue… [461 words]

• Westhill Institute Mexico 8/3 review 16
Families usually leave their first year, the package is insufficient… [579 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Jim O’Malley 8/31 (Principal Report 2)
Ruamrudee International School Thailand

• Ruth Burke 8/31 (Director Report 2)
Deira International School UAE

• Christopher Munn 8/28 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Yew Wah Int’l Education School Lingang China

• Ciara Johnson 8/28 (Principal Report 2)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Lesley-Ann Wallace 8/28 (Principal Report 4)
Nord Anglia Int’l School Shanghai Pudong China

• Randy Neen 8/28 (Director Report 5)
American International School Abuja Nigeria

• Pete Kennedy 8/28 (Director Report 5)
TH School Vietnam

• John Nairn 8/27 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Beanstalk International Bilingual School China

• Kathy Shi 8/27 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Beanstalk International Bilingual School China

• David Cole 8/26 (Principal Report 9)
British International School Ukraine 

• Andrew Frezludeen 8/26 (Director Report 3)
Metropolitan International School Egypt

• Martin Kanghua Li 8/25 (Director Report 2)
Times College China

• Thomas English 8/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Thai-Chinese International School Thailand

• Mike O’Connor 8/21 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Dulwich College Suzhou China

• Pete Kennedy 8/21 (Director Report 4)
TH School Vietnam

• Jason McBride 8/20 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
United World College Thailand 

• Richard Davidson 8/19 (Principal Report 3)
Tenby Schools Ipoh Malaysia

• Diane Sission 8/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Int’l School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• Rob Wilson 8/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Int’l School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• Michael Tower 8/18 (Director Report 3)
Int’l School HCMC American Academy Vietnam

• John Kennard 8/17 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Nanwai King’s College School China

• Clare McDermott 8/17 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
QSI International School Chengdu China

• Roderick Crouch 8/17 (Principal Report 3)
Australian International School Vietnam

• Serdar Sakman 8/14 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Bucharest Romania

• David Key 8/14 (Director Report 3)
Spectrum International School Kazakhstan

• Pete Kennedy 8/13 (Director Report 3)
TH School Vietnam

• Mark McCallum 8/13 (Principal Report 10)
Chatsworth International School Singapore

• Mark Hardeman 8/12 (Director Report 7)
International School Tanganyika Tanzania

• Robert Fielder 8/11 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Lahore American School Pakistan

• Tracey Thomas 8/11 (Principal Report 4)
British School Brasilia Brazil

• Peter Vaughn 8/10 (Principal Report 2)
Hayah International Academy Egypt

• April Yetsko 8/6 (Director Report 3)
Bavarian International School Germany

• Scott Reid 8/6 (Principal Report 2)
Kaiwen Academy Haidian China

• John Moore 8/5 (Director Report 5)
St Andrews Int’l School Sukhumvit 107 Thailand

• Rachel Keys 8/4 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Prem Tinsulanonda Int’l School Thailand

• John House-Myers 8/4 (Principal Report 3)
BASIS Int’l School Park Lane Harbour China

• Deanna West 8/3 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
OX TLC International School China

• Richard Tangye 8/3 (Director Report 16)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

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