Applying for a job
The recruitment process
Once a vacancy closes, we have several stages of the recruitment process to go through before we offer employment. These stages are detailed below.
Please note if you are applying for a job working with children, young people or adults at risk there are extra stages to those listed below.
The advert is removed from the website at the exact closing time as well as date, so please make sure you check the actual closing time.
A shortlisting panel will meet soon after the closing date to review all applications submitted. Managers will look to see whether you have the skills and knowledge that they are looking for.
If you have told us that you have a disability, and you meet the essential criteria in the person specification, then you will be guaranteed an interview.
Invitations to interview
We will email you to let you know whether or not you have been invited to interview.
You can also check your status by logging into your online account. If you have applied for a job in a school, this status will not be updated as schools do not use this function. If you have not heard from the school within 14 days of the closing date, you should assume that your application is unsuccessful on this occasion. Please contact the school if you wish to confirm.
Taking up references
Please give the names and addresses of 2 people who will provide a reference. At least one should be from your current/last employer, but references from school/colleges are also acceptable. If you give a home address for a referee, please indicate which employer or school/college they represent.
For jobs working with children, young people or adults at risk, we will contact your referees before the interview. For most other jobs, we will contact referees once an offer of employment has been given.
Attending an interview
The selection process will always require an interview but may also include for example, a telephone interview, work based exercises and/or a short presentation. The process will be confirmed within your invitation to interview email.
The email will also ask you to bring any relevant qualification or training certificates that can support your application and also request that you bring in your passport (or a P45/P60 bearing your name and NI number, plus a copy of your full UK birth certificate) to prove that you are legally able to work in the UK without restrictions (as part of the Asylum & Immigration Act 1996).
After the interview
When the interview finishes, the interviewers will tell you how and when they will contact you to let you know their decision. If you are successful, you will receive a phone call to offer you the job.
Offers of appointment are subject to satisfactory references, medical clearance and if applicable to the post, a Disclosure Barring Check. All employees will also be required to undertake a probationary period of 6 months. Appointment onto the permanent staff will be subject to the successful completion of this probationary period.
If you have a disability and are successful with your application, we will look at what reasonable changes or adjustments we can make to our working practices and workplace to overcome any effects of your disability.