General Chat Thread, Staff Accommodation in General; Just wondering if anyone else is living in staff accommodation and what they get/have to do in return for one?...
10th August 2010, 03:34 PM #1
Just wondering if anyone else is living in staff accommodation and what they get/have to do in return for one?
10th August 2010, 04:57 PM #2
When I was taken on (18 years ago or so) I was told that "no more non-teaching staff would be housed". Due to the need to demonstrate to the Revenue that "accommodation was provided solely and essentially for the better teaching", or some such twaddle. Otherwise you get hammered for a significant 'benefit in kind'.
Unless of course you happen to be a Bursar...
10th August 2010, 08:43 PM #3
I am in staff accommodation at present. It is not provided gratis, but is significantly cheaper rent than the surrounding area.
The flats we have were built to aid teacher recruitment by providing a semi-temporary arrangement for those moving from far away so that they can sell up, move here, and find a new place at their leisure. I got one simply because I asked nicely and there were many empty at the time. Empty flats cost the school money in terms of both lost rent and council tax that the school has to pay when they are not let. A condition of my lease is that I can be given a term's notice at any time if the other flats are filled and one is needed for a new hire.
Officially I do not have to do anything in return, but I do make myself useful, for example by attending to alarms and moving on trespassers when the person the caretaker isn't around (I already have keys and codes to everywhere as part of my normal job). While it isn't expected that I do any of these things, I know it is appreciated and having goodwill from SMT in the bank is never a bad thing.
11th August 2010, 01:47 AM #4
Not living in staff accomodation but wouldn't say no if it came up, the school have 2 houses and a flat, two of them were supposed to be let out cheaply to newly qualified teachers to help them get started but those that got them have pretty much stayed there and probably won't be going anywhere for a while. From what I understand the rent is about a third of what it should be.
Thanks to Jamman960 from:
ChrisC (11th August 2010)
11th August 2010, 02:54 AM #5
My last school had a small boarding house (60 boarders m/f from 13-18) and they were short staffed for 1 term so I moved in to help out. Got a massive room with en suite, breakfast lunch and dinner with access to a fully stocked kictchen 24/7 and in return I had to do 1 weeknight duty a week, and 1 weekend duty a month. I also organised trips to the movies, paintball, gokarting etc, (but that was more just so I could go too :P)
11th August 2010, 09:08 AM #6
Thats pretty much what I got, 2 bedroom house to myself with boarding duty for the boys house to be shared between 5 of us and three meals each day including weekends and lots of trips to go on.
Originally Posted by RabbieBurns
11th August 2010, 09:23 AM #7
The charity who own our schools grounds have a staff house. But because they're a separte registered charity they have to rent at market rates.
I think I must have been the first none teacher to make enquiries, they had trouble comprehending that I couldn't afford to pay £550 a month.
11th August 2010, 09:40 AM #8
Whilst there is staff accomodation on site it's prety much "teacher only". The only exceptions are the site manintenance forman and caretaker who have properties on site (for obvious reasons).
Having said that I don't think I would want to live on site. OK the commute to and from work is shorter but I like the seperation between work and home. Also can you imagine how many calls you'd get if you lived on site and could "nip in"?
11th August 2010, 11:30 AM #9
I'd actually like to live on site - would save me a fortune in petrol!!!! Unfortunatly only accomodation here is caretakers house.
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