Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Eastbourne School of English

I received a fine piece of 'intelli' the other day regarding another crackpot TEFL outfit, this time on the south coast of England, an area that seems to suffer from a glut of such cranky tinpot businesses. So, step forward and take a bow, please ... the Eastbourne School of English, in particular the apparently litigous Principal, Graham Shite (that's him alongside), who appears to take a peculiarly unpleasant attitude towards his staff and students alike.

This school is an absolute bloody shower, particularly the management. After a Christmas break, one brilliant and exceptionally popular teacher was told he couldn't go back to work because the staff and students didn't like him. When pressed on details, the Principal refused to give any. When politely pressed again, he decided to send a solicitor`s letter to the teacher threatening legal action!

Even worse, one male student who was accused of sexually assaulting a female student was simply passed on to another school, without warning the institution of his background, where he then proceeded to get a 14-year old girl pregnant.

In the same vein, another male student tried it on with a 16 year old girl, who rebuffed him. He then complained to the management. Incredibly, the female student was then told that she had to leave the host family she was sharing with the aforementioned student!

There have also been problems with disabled students (both physically and 'special needs'), who frequently turn up only to find there are no suitable facilities for them.

All of the above problems have stemmed from staggeringly poor management. These shameless and despicable people really need to be held to account!


Actually, I'm really glad that this school has had the spotlight turned on it, albeit somewhat belatedly, as I once did a summer stint there. In fact, it was during that balmy summer of ... ooh, a good while back, that I first met the 'teacher' who was to become ... English Droid!

And the good news is that - he's back! No, not at Eastbourne, which would be a disaster of humungous proportions, as I'm sure you'd agree. No, in fact the stupendously hilarious English Droid blog has somehow reinvented itself, after an extended vacation of a couple of years or more, and made a reappearance here.

Unfortunately I am not the first to discover English Droid's renaissance, and his welcome return has already been widely reported around the TEFL blogosphere. One regular blogger even referred to the English Droid blog as having "more wit and less filth than the TEFL Tradesman" (thanks, Darren!), and the compliment has been duly noted.
Bastard!

27 comments:

The TEFL Tradesman said...

BTW, you can see ESoE's grimace-inducing staff panto video here...

http://www.youtube.com/EastbourneSchool?gl=GB&hl=en-GB#p/a/u/2/nDy47rVbN0s

Hmm, ye-e-esss...

Shiter than shite said...

As an update, let me inform you all that it appears that the school have written to Hotmail and attempted to block/restrict the teacher's networking ability with claims of 'abusive behaviour.` In short they seem to be trying to deny him the ability to exercise free speech, despite the fact he has never been abusive (which is a darn miracle), and perhaps limit his ability to earn a fair day`s pay.

Truth is, though, that he really is a decent and ethical bloke and doesn`t deserve this treatment at all.

Clarence Rhode said...

Time to obtain a crime number for all this.

Anonymous said...

I DENOUNCE YOU AS THE ANTICHRIST

Shaun Ryder said...

That Droid site is the best fookin' thing I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

A ha aha HA HA HA HA ADRIAN

ThankYOU for confirming that it is I WHO CONTROL YOU
Thus: No sooner do i MENTION your cozy SET UP in HOVE ALBION than you start up wiv a SMOKESCREEN about some blameless DUFFER in EASTBOURNE Unfortunately for you my mind was shaped in INDEPENDENT SCHOOLING not the sec mod conveyor belt that TURNED OUT lop-eared YOU and YOURS and so I can triangulate against your DISTRACTION and narrow down my SEARCH ENGINE
NICE try but as ever magnificent ME trumps bullied at schooler YOU

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

MY eyes are OPEN
AND I am NOT PAUL LOWE

Anonymous said...

CODE 52 CODE 52 CODE 52

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Yes, all very good. Am I mistaken, or is this blog fast becoming a repository for the more SEN type of Tefl person? I really must do something to breathe the life of renewal into things...

Da Teacha said...

Thanks for the heads up on the droid site. Some good material.

Anonymous said...

Yes I can submit witnessed information about the Eastbourne School of Englsh so if you require any further info on them let me know.The school started going down the plank in the 1990s and they hardly have any students now.I ws s harassed by the former Principal and then by their supposed Staff rep who bothered both me and my family at home.It ended in my being assaulted by a colleague's husband , a man I did not even know They refused to listen to my point of view and when i asked for my solicitor to intervene they collapsed. They then begged me to come back in the school to see them as they said no one had ever heard of them but the legal advice I received was that they had harassed me. The advice I received was that I would have sauntered through an Industrial tribunal and with further claims of Trespass and Assault against them. Worst of all I had to be treated in hospital afterwards and I had been perfectly healthy until then. Such costs are borne by the taxpayer. These people are bullies but what is behind this is their cowardliness. Could they get jobs in real schools or business.As promised, i can provide details from people who are independent from all this ; I am sure they would be happy to oblige :they intervened to try and stop the bullying but all ESOe could do was say;" We want youto come in and see us" pathetic,desperate little school

Anonymous said...

Oh re Eastbourne School of English:they say they only employ fully qualified teachers etc but the last principal did not even have a degree She used to give students advice on going onto University and eventually the students found out her lack of qualifications. Then there was K the reoffending ex-convict:they were happy to employ him as a temp to save themselves money.

Anonymous said...

Foulness spills forth a la lava from a faultline, you CANNOT rein yourself or practice discretion BUT the non-spark domain of the UNIVERSE is SHORT_LIVED and SOON to be RENEGED UPON and SUPPLanted by the AGE of EFFULGENCY
He himself oft spoke of the SOUTH COAST wherein there were LIKE MINDED SOULs existing
YES I see it now Hate SITES and crimes on the web ALL comiung together now all a WEB to ENSNARE the unknowING
TRY THIS ADRIAN
Your age + 3 = your pass grade at BRUMMIE UNI
hence the drop-out
HAAA Arfity arfity
AMAZED YET? You WILL be

Anonymous said...

AND ANOTHER THING adrian while we're AT IT

Your car reg + 1 = your address
Oh ho surprised?
Your solicitor's phone number minus 63 = potential LIABILITIES

OOOOOh substantial chavvy boy

The postcode of your ALMA MATER (Devizes school of art and ""DESIGN""" ) (!!) numerically totalled = your psychoanalyst's monthly bill

INCIDENTALLY BTW how is dear karen? STILL brainstorming
Tsk said ALICE ever stranger ever weirder but at LEAsT I HAVE
THIS little bottle to DRINK

LEAVE THE EFFULGENT BEAM IN PAX WINDSORAMA
Lest you too should fall from FAVOUR

The TEFL Tradesman said...

This is truly hilarious stuff, Paul - the 'effulgent beam in pax Windsorama'!!

I'm looking forward to more of the same, the insane, and the truly Loweian touches that you bestow these humble pages of mine.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know they sold Scrumpy Jack in little bottles.

Anonymous said...

I think he's referring to his pills.

Anonymous said...

Or should that be Pils?!

Paul Lowe, Idiot in CASTLE-TOWN said...

WIBBLE WIBBLE WIBBLE!I VE SHIT MY PANTS>YOUR FAULT ADRIAN PETER KERR

Anonymous said...

Or his piles- possibly Ashley played the 'Fruit Game'with him...

Anonymous said...

It's not even the worst school in Eastbourne.

http://www.eastbourneherald.co.uk/news/local-news/sick_worker_gets_the_sack_1_1404661

language course seller said...

Just to let you know :
Graham White retired at the end of 2010. Wait and see if Phil Hopkins is going to make it better or not.
(My English is weak, I am French, sorry about that...)

arealteacher said...

Well, the slimy little Phil Hopkins has further worsened standards and the school's reputation. The staff are poorly treated and demoralised and many of the talented and popular teachers have abandoned ship and moved on. Avoid at all costs!

Anonymous said...

Really? More info please - I was thinking of applying for a summer job there.

tom_waits said...

Yes, shit little school being run into the ground by morons who have gone down the road of marketing spiel and number-crunching and away from its former ethos of quality teaching and treating its people like people.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Oh yes, "marketing spiel and number-crunching" - sounds like the EF approach to running schools!

Phulof_Shitkins said...

Well, the latest crop of teaching fodder is living proof that this shithole is being shunned by anyone who is half-serious about their profession. Another shambolic summer looms.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Really? More info PLEASE!