a shiny new build, one of a few within the trust. I didn't care for it. I went for a job interview; I left after the lesson. On arrival I was handed a pile of literature about the place that included a long list of rules that staff have to follow. This included lots of nonsense about the lessons. As such, I was curious as to how my lesson would be viewed. I like to think teaching English is relatively straight forward and I planned my lesson accordingly. I could tell the observers were expecting a show and couldn't cope with pupils getting on with work after I'd explained and demonstrated. After the lesson I was asked what other tasks I would have included if I'd had more than 25 minutes. They were horrified when I said none. I explained English is a heavy writing subject and I expect pupils to spend a considerable amount of time writing. I went on to explain that this is how pupils improve. Then I had time in the staffroom and listened in on staff conversations: things did not sound good, with staff clearly worked to the bone, with many mentioning an extra , 7th, period on some days. They had a stream of late meetings and CPD opportunities meant staying until 7pm on short notice. Staff spend so much time preparing multi-part, all for show, lessons they don't actually seem to be covering the syllabus. I had already decided I was going home before I saw an old friend who was their on supply. He mouthed to me: "run" I did. This place did not have a good feel to it. BTW what's with the windows that make you feel you're teaching in a gold fish bowl? Oh no I do not like that. I fully admit I'm much more a work to live person than many, but I think even those who immerse themselves fully in the job would be put off by this place. If this is typical of academies I'm surprised they manage to employ anybody.