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(*) Includes school’s response to COVID-19

• Malvern College Qingdao China 6/30 review 22
Students aren’t getting the education they deserve… [480 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 6/30 review 23 *
Contracted bonus will no longer be paid… [691 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/30 review 27
I’d be interested to see what sort of school it is in another 5 years… [387 words]

• Chiyoda International School Japan 6/30 review 2
A very toxic workplace with questionable conduct… [659 words]

• Chiyoda International School Japan 6/30 review 3
This school is where bullies thrive… [901 words]

• * Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 6/30 review 23 *
Mid-contracts the school changed conditions of a number of benefits… [1,904 words]

• Capital School UAE 6/29
First time reviewed on ISR [493 words]

• Times College China 6/29
First time reviewed on ISR [353 words]

• GEMS United School UAE 6/29 review 3
A nightmare especially for the past couple weeks… [323 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/29 review 49
Under the current ownership the school will continue to fail… [354 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/29 review 50
What happens here is beyond belief… [425 words]

• Kang Chiao International School China 6/29 review 12
Greed & selfish abuse of power is leading to the downfall of this school… [229 words]

• * British School Beijing Shunyi China 6/26 review 49 *
What a year it has been… [827 words]

• Blyth Academy Qatar 6/26 review 19
It’s falling apart… even the so called new campus has issues… [182 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/26 review 26
Not the worst time working here, but it’s been unnecessarily difficult & farcical… [1,930 words]

• Dulwich International High School China 6/26 review 2
Recent changes in leadership & a declining culture… [500 words]

• Haileybury Almaty Kazakhstan 6/25 review 24
Thank goodness the school year is over… [82 words]

• * British School Al Rehab Egypt 6/25 review 16 *
The kids & school have so much potential & deserve so much better… [818 words]

• * British School Al Rehab Egypt 6/25 review 17 *
GEMS should provide a 100% ANONYMOUS staff survey periodically… [1,893 words]

• Prague British International School Czech Republic 6/25 review 6
Good pay in a great city but unfortunately a rather unpleasant place to work… [246 words]

• Al Jazeera Academy Doha Qatar 6/25 review 36
You could be fired at any time, without justification. Tread lightly… [330 words]

• * Albanian College Durres Albania 6/24 review 39 *
COVID-19 closed the high school at ACD… [27 words]

• School of the Nations Macau 6/24 review 6
An us-vs-them mentality pervades the entire school & social life here… [163 words]

• St. Paul American School Hanoi Vietnam 6/24 review 11
I’m proud of my time here & my growth personally & professionally… [460 words]

• American School Barcelona Spain 6/24 review 9
A nice faculty marred by Administrators who cannot be trusted… [72 words]

• * Utahloy International School Guangzhou China 6/24 review 22 *
Made us work 2 extra weeks with no extra pay after we did full distance learning… [1,400 words]

• Seisen International School Japan 6/23 review 15
Seisen is the little puppy begging for scraps under the table… [602 words]

• American School Barcelona Spain 6/23 review 8
A very stressful work environment… [107 words]

• * International School Myanmar 6/23 review 38 *
Most important things in any position are salary & respect, both were shown to me… [670 words] 

• Metropolitan International School Egypt 6/23 review 4
Has potential to be very good, but not under its current leadership… [2,772 words]

• International School Tanganyika Tanzania 6/22 review 17
School has a “laissez-faire” attitude filled with people who are “doing their time”… [908 words]

• * Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 6/22 review 35 *
BIBA has treated their staff who got stuck overseas terribly… [279 words]

• * QSI International School Shenzhen China 6/22 review 9 *
If you get offered a job & really need it, or want to live in a weird place, go for it… [1,700 words]

• Lusaka International Community School Zambia 6/22 review 2
Great environment but poorly managed… [42 words]

• British School Beijing Shunyi China 6/22 review 48
Simply a money making machine & profits come before people… [1,267 words]

• Yew Chung International School Beijing China 6/22 review 9
It’s almost impossible to function at the level the school sells itself at… [279 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 6/22 review 21 *
Excuse that ‘things are changing on a daily basis’ is wearing very thin… [411 words]

• Nun Academy Saudi Arabia 6/22 review 8
I’m shell shocked & need some recovery time after working at this school… [326 words]

• British School Almeria Spain 6/22 review 5
Most of the staff are great and doing their best in difficult circumstances… [279 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/19 review 48
I can honestly say that working at this school has destroyed me… [1,244 words]

• Dukhan English School Doha Qatar 6/19 review 19
Work load so heavy you cannot enjoy or develop a good work-life balance… [263 words]

• American School Hong Kong 6/19 review 3
We were informed that next year’s contract salary won’t be honored… [284 words]

• International School Suva Fiji 6/18
First time reviewed on ISR [738 words]

• King’s College – Madrid Soto de Vinuelas Spain 6/18
First time reviewed on ISR [203 words]

• Stamford American International School Singapore 6/18 review 24
Be very, very careful and ask millions of questions if you interview with this school… [1,695 words]

• Harrow International School Thailand 6/18 review 9
Should be an amazing school to work for but sadly is not… [452 words]

• British School Al Rehab Egypt 6/18 review 15
Staff retention is not high on GEMS list of priorities… [1,025 words]

• Lancers International School India 6/17 review 4
Negotiate very well & make sure everything is written in your contract… [431 words] 

• Doha British School Qatar 6/17 review 8
Lack of resources – SLT ask teachers to bring books in personal luggage when travelling… [164 words]

• Naseem International School Bahrain 6/17 review 15
I had an interview with them at 3am my local time and no one showed up… [95 words]

• Korea International School Seoul Campus 6/17 review 21
I’m given a lot of autonomy & am encouraged to take risks in my teaching… [1,518 words]

• Beanstalk International Bilingual School China 6/17 review 28
Clearly has serious, systemic issues at the administrative level… [1,058 words]

• Wellspring Learning Community Lebanon 6/16 review 10
I had never quit a job in my life, but I resigned from this school… [1,504 words]

• St. Paul American School Hanoi Vietnam 6/16 review 10
Despite its imperfections, it’s provided us with the best 3 years of our careers… [834 words]

• Tsukuba International School Japan 6/16 review 11
SLT response to recent reviews… [769 words]

• International School Tanganyika Tanzania 6/16 review 16
Travel in Tanzania & Africa is amazing, but there are better schools… [437 words]

• British International School Ukraine 6/16 review 53
Any promises of improvements or purchases of resources aren’t kept… [239 words]

• British International School Ukraine 6/16 review 54
I’m a teacher, for goodness sake, why am I here?!?… [155 words]

• British International School Ukraine 6/16 review 55
There is a lot that just isn’t working well for this school… [66 words]

• Innova Academy Beijing China 6/15
First time reviewed on ISR [368 words]

• Zhuhai International School China 6/15 review 7
IB is only as moral & effective as those whose hands it is held in… [534 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/15 review 23
Breaking contract as they’ve been offered more money for similar jobs in China… [222 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/15 review 24
I’m surprised by some of the negative reviews… [91 words]

• Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/15 review 25
They turned it into a machine that generates money at the expense of education… [1,566 words]

• United World College Changshu China 6/15 review 5
A work environment where inefficiency is celebrated and rewarded… [748 words]

• Asia Pacific International School Korea 6/12 review 14
Saving money at all costs is essential to keeping the doors open… [1,374 words]

• International School the Hague Netherlands 6/12 review 7
Enormous potential being squandered by a small group… [150 words]

• Bishkek International School Kyrgyzstan 6/12 review 2
It is no longer a place I wish to send my children… [339 words]

• American International School Vietnam 6/12 review 38
If you go in with eyes wide open, you should have a relatively positive outcome… [427 words]

• * Beijing International Bilingual Academy China 6/12 review 34 *
The COVID-19 situation showed how bad the school leadership is… [406 words]

• International School Ouagadougou Burkina Faso 6/12 review 4
This is a very good place to work & live… [243 words]

• Prasarnmit Primary International Programme Thailand 6/11 First time reviewed on ISR [217 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 6/11 review 20 *
Leaving staff are treated like dirt… [641 words]

• Nansha College Preparatory Academy China 6/11 review 13
Everything is taken care of, housing is great, & life is easy… [118 words]

• St. Dominic’s International School Portugal 6/11 review 47
Parents & teachers move on once they realise they signed up to the Dump… [743 words]

• Panaga School Brunei Darussalam 6/11 review 15
It seems discontent staff do sound off on this site!… [203 words]

• British International School Ukraine 6/11 review 52
You’ve read the reviews right? Why are you still thinking of going there?… [597 words]

• * Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/10 review 22 *
Terrible management, unreasonable standards & poisonous atmosphere… [825 words]

• Australian International School Bangkok Thailand 6/10 review 4
I’d go back in a heartbeat if the school offered a higher salary… [448 words]

• Yoyogi International School Japan 6/10 review 4
The stress and ridiculousness is not worth it… [221 words]

• I-Shou International School Taiwan 6/10 review 9
I’d recommend to 2 types of people,  want IB experience or ready to retire here… [1,806 words]

• Doha British School Qatar 6/9 review 7
The treatment of staff is incredibly poor… [142 words]

• * Thai-Chinese International School Thailand 6/9 review 39 *
I’ve found TCIS easy to work at & enjoyable… [639 words]

• * Canadian International School Vietnam 6/9 review 10 *
Prioritize business over education & the well-being of their staff & students… [945 words]

• Blyth Academy Qatar 6/9 review 18
In a new building next year with hopes of a solid new start… [62 words]

• Josef Schwarz Schule Germany 6/8 First time reviewed on ISR [308 words]

• American International School Dhaka Bangladesh 6/8 review 19
There’s a notable Caucasian & male exclusivity in administration roles… [255 words]

• United World College Changshu China 6/8 review 4
Academic results are below world average but that is not seen as a problem… [232 words]

• * Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/8 review 21 *
Looking for personal & professional growth, don’t come here… [390 words]

• Capital International Schools Egypt 6/5 First time reviewed on ISR [958 words]

• Mallorca International School Spain 6/5 First time reviewed on ISR [485 words]

• HIKSVS International School China 6/5 review 9
Random fees paid out of our own pockets without being informed… [1,171 words]

• GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE 6/5 review 13
Attracts the worst of school staff & promotes them… [87 words]

• International School Myanmar 6/4 review 37
There’s very little room to grow professionally… [1,198 words]

• * Shanghai Community International School China 6/4 review 52 *
Good school, however breaks contracts due to “economic hardship”… [323 words]

• Escola International Camp Salou Spain 6/4 review 2
PD is none existence & only provided for those who win Teacher of the Year… [621 words]

• * Wycombe Abbey International School China 6/3 review 20 *
I am actually really surprised to read some of the negative reviews… [323 words]

• * Albanian College Durres Albania 6/3 review 38 *
Location has a lot to offer if you love the outdoors, cafes & restaurants… [151 words]

• American International School Abu Dhabi UAE 6/3 review 29
Competitive package & the work life balance is more than fair… [928 words]

• Korea International School Pangyo Korea 6/3 review 20
On paper, more than ideal but the experience left me wanting… [809 words]

• * Malvern College Qingdao China 6/2 review 19 *
We are in the aftermath of COVID-19 and things are not pretty here… [1,027 words]

• United World College Changshu China 6/2 review 3
Maybe this will help you to make a better choice than I did last year!… [782 words]

• American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia 6/2 review 27
Message sent via Contact Us from a teacher… [28 words]

• Myanmar International School Myanmar 6/1 review 11
My experience at the school was an absolute nightmare… [476 words]

• Cranleigh Abu Dhabi UAE 6/1 review 3
The situation here has gone from bad to worse… [333 words]

• American School Foundation Monterrey Mexico 6/1 review 12
I would recommend this school to any new teacher fresh out of college… [501 words]

Director & Principal Reports

• Chris Larter 6/30 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Chiyoda International School Japan

• Hirokazu Osako 6/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Chiyoda International School Japan

• Patrick Shaw 6/30 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Blyth Academy Qatar

• Rupert Cox 6/30 (Director Report 5)
Greengates School Mexico

• Scott D’Alterio 6/30 (Director Report 2)
QSI International School Shenzhen China

• Martin Kanghua Li 6/29 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Times College China

• Richard Tangye 6/29 (Director Report 6)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Michael Dumbell 6/29 (Principal Report 4)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Stuart Walker 6/29 (Principal Report 4)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Campbell Douglas 6/26 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Dulwich International High School China

• Eric Chicas 6/26 (Principal Report 3)
Colegio Internacional de Carabobo Venezuela

• Angela Dent 6/25 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British School Al Rehab Egypt

• Neil McBurney 6/25 (Principal Report 6)
Yew Chung International School Chongqing China

• Sherry Malone 6/24 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Utahloy International School Guangzhou China

• Robert Service 6/24 (Principal Report 2)
Utahloy International School Guangzhou China

• Maggie Stuhan 6/23 (Principal Report 2)
American School Barcelona Spain

• Mark Baker 6/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Myanmar

• Ben Marsh 6/23 (Director Report 8)
International School Myanmar

• Gary Booth 6/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Ascot International School Thailand

• Clare Hunter 6/23 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British International School Riyadh Saudi Arabia

• Mark Exton 6/23 (Principal Report 2)
Rabat American School Morocco

• Thomas Garside 6/22 (Principal Report 2)
Lusaka International Community School Zambia

• Michael Deveney 6/22 (Principal Report 2)
Makuhari International School Japan

• Richard Davidson 6/22 (Principal Report 2)
Tenby Schools Ipoh Malaysia

• Desmond Lee 6/22 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British School Nanjing China

• Stuart Walker 6/22 (Director Report 3)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Colin Boudreau 6/22 (Director Report 2)
Benjamin Franklin International School Spain

• Richard Tangye 6/19 (Principal Report 5)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Michael Dumbell 6/19 (Principal Report 3)
St. Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Stuart Walker 6/19 (Principal Report 2)
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Chris Hayward 6/19 (Principal Report 2)
International School Singapore

• Steve Cathers 6/18 (Principal Report 5)
International School Suva Fiji

• Wenbin Wang 6/18 (Principal Report 7)
Malvern College Qingdao China

• Colin Boudreau 6/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Benjamin Franklin International School Spain

• Maree Raeburn 6/17 (Principal Report 2)
International School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Megan Geshel 6/17 (Principal Report 2)
American School Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

• Mark Hardeman 6/16 (Director Report 6)
International School Tanganyika Tanzania

• David Cole 6/16 (Director Report 8)
British International School Ukraine 

• Paul Sebastian 6/15 (Principal Report 6)
Innova Academy Beijing China

• Pelham Lindfield Roberts 6/15 (Director Report 3)
United World College Changshu China

• Maeve Doherty 6/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Ouagadougou Burkina Faso

• Peter Round 6/12 (Principal Report 6)
Khartoum International Community School Sudan

• Simon Himbury 6/11 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
British International School Ukraine 

• Jay Roy 6/10 (Director Report 8)
Vision International School Qatar

• Patricia Martinez 6/10 (Principal Report 3)
Yoyogi International School Japan

• Brian Couch 6/9 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Campus Germany

• Brian Couch 6/9 (Director Report 2)
International School Campus Germany

• Sharyn Baddeley 6/8 (Principal Report 3)
Beijing International Bilingual Academy China

• Erica Davis 6/8 (Principal Report 2)
Wuhan Ulink College of China Optics Valley China

• Richard Green 6/5 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
HIKSVS International School China

• Stuart Walker 6/5 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
GEMS World Academy Dubai UAE

• Susan Allenspach-Kuss 6/5 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Albanian College Durres Albania

• Brian Roach 6/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Verita School Romania

• Craig Viscardi 6/1 (Principal Report 4)
Kaiwen Academy Haidian China

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