Hello I am starting in a new school in September as Assistant HOD. The HOD has been on long term sick leave and although the school do not know if she will be returning in September it has been suggested it will be unlikely. My line manager has given me numerours tasks to do over the summer ( KS3 sows for two languages, KS3 assessment calendar, medium term plans, standardisation folder - none of which are in place as the dep. is in a mess) which I will do as much of as I can but I can help feeling I am basically doing the work of HOD. Her subject specialism is different to mine which makes things less helpful and I do not find her very informative. I arranged to go into the school one afternoon which I thought would be a good opportunity to get to know the ropes a bit. However, I was basically given a speedy run through of things that need to be in place for September and was out within an hour. I When I then offered to go back in another afternoon it was suggested I come in for 30 minutes which ended up being ten. I haven't had a proper tour of the school or been given much other info. I have asked for policies and an induction pack but have been I will receive it on the first day. Basically I am getting the impression organisation is poor - I had to email HR and ask for my offer letter several weeks after accepting the post. I know things are never plain sailing but it doesn't set a great first impression!