I'm in my second year with an extremely high-achieving secondary. I respect my HOD, I am learning alot in here, and the work is constant. But, unfortunately, I'm feeling stifled and unappreciated, for numerous reasons that I don't need to detail. The kids are well-behaved and we have LOTS of marking, admin, the usual. However, the department I'm in is very cliquey, doesn't mix with the rest fo school, and is a bit stifling and formal. We stay in our roOms at lunch and break, and we hear how we're doing ONLY when something needs fixed. My boss, I'm almost certain, doesn't like me, because I'm a bit kooky and like to make learning fun. I am not a rigorous, disciplined and overly-strict teacher, but my results are great and my kids enjoy my classes. I think this isn't the school for me, so have applied for a LESS high-performing school, with slightly less able kids and a more family-focused and caring ethos. I feel like the kids themselves are bottom of the priorities in this place. It's all about results, and teachers are competitive and unsupportive. Am I making a mistake? This other school is also Catholic, which helps me and is more akin to what I want from my job. Thoughts? Please?