Letter to Applicants

Dear applicants,

First of all, I would like to thank you for the time and effort you have taken in writing your application.  We had over 400 people attend our recruitment event – the excitement as prospective staff asked questions about our new school was palpable.  Following that, we received over 160 applications for just 12 jobs.  The quality of applications was extremely high.  Candidates listened carefully to our vision and values and made every effort to describe how their experience could benefit our growing school.

Many of you commented on the once in a lifetime chance of creating a school “from scratch” and I couldn’t agree more.  For me, this is my chance to create a truly special school, one that stands out for all the right reasons.  It is gratifying to know, that in these times of recruitment and retention crisis within the teaching profession, so many of you like what you hear about the plans for our school.  It tells me that it’s not schools per se which are too difficult to work in, but that some schools just don’t have the right learning environment.  As an educational professional I am pleased that so many high quality teachers and leaders believe in the culture we are creating – one where everyone can succeed and thrive.

I just wish that I had more jobs on offer.  The short listing process was hard; for each and every subject we received many applications which on any other occasion would have led to an interview.   The competition was tough and we set our bar extremely high.  Therefore, we are in the fortunate position of being able to appoint outstanding teachers and leaders; all of them excited by the prospect of creating a world class education.

So, if you applied and haven’t been short listed, I am sorry that I couldn’t write to each of you individually and will not be able to give personal feedback on your application.  Rest assured though, I did read every single application thoroughly.  It was not a chore but a pleasure to hear how so many colleagues share my vision for a positive culture of success based on coaching to enhance performance.  My message to you is that if you haven’t been successful this year, I hope that you will want to consider applying to us in the future as we grow our team year on year.  You may want to consider other opportunities within our highly successful JTMAT – if so, please let us know.  Once again, thank you and I hope to hear from you at some point in the future.

 

Yours sincerely,

Sue Plant

Sue Plant
Head of School

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