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Hastings School Madrid - Cognita Group

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by MarinaCF, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. MarinaCF

    MarinaCF New commenter

    Dear all,

    I am looking for any feedback on the group COGNITA, or the school "Hastings School" in Madrid.

    Many thanks in advance!
  2. blue451

    blue451 Lead commenter

    Can't help with the school or the group really, except to say that on the few occasions when I've considered applying to a Cognita school, Hastings inculded, I've been defeated by the shoddy and impossible to fix formatting of their application form.

    Good luck should you choose to apply.
  3. MarinaCF

    MarinaCF New commenter

    Oh dear! Thank you for the info though! :)
  4. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Cant comment on the school directly, but i have a few friends that work for the group (Asia). Its very much FOR profit organisation by all accounts. Hasn't particularly got the best reputation for educational organisation. Probably on a par with GEMS, but not the worse.
    One word of caution though, you are looking at a VERY expensive city to live in, and easily the worse paying country in the World....money will be an issue.
  5. Ne11y

    Ne11y Occasional commenter

    Sent you a PM.

    And yes, the form is AWFUL.
  6. MarinaCF

    MarinaCF New commenter

    Many thanks dumbbells66 and Ne11y (I have replied to your PM :) ) !

    Dumbbells what do you mean for the reputation?
  7. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    The group doesnt have a good one as an educational organisation. Its definitely not the worse one out there, but they arent seen as "desirable" places to work. Great international schools will have 100's of applications for each positions. I have never heard anyone say, "oh, i would love to work for a Cognita school". Where as United World collages are very desirable, and have no problem attracting everyone.
  8. MarinaCF

    MarinaCF New commenter

    Many thanks for this information dumbbells66, it is helpful as I an finding very little information on this group.
  9. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Im not saying they are terrible, some of the individual schools are fine. But from what i've been told they are very profit driven, and that can cause issues.

    If i was you i wouldnt be that worried about the group, but really worried about the country you are applying to. Incomparison to everywhere else in the world, Spanish schools pay aweful salaries, complete lack of benefits that the vast majority of countries provide for free, like accomodation, medical, flights, relocation allowence, and many more.
  10. miketribe

    miketribe Established commenter

    I sent you a PM...
  11. varvara2008

    varvara2008 New commenter

    Any advice on working for Cognita school in Bangkok? No information on their pay scale anywhere
  12. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    Dont know the school directly, but have friends that have worked, are working in other schools in the group. As i said earlier not the worst schools, but nowhere near the better schools. When they have taken over established school in the region it hasnt exactly enhanced the schools. Decent stepping stone onto the circuit and a route into the better schools.
  13. varvara2008

    varvara2008 New commenter

    thank you for that!

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