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Carlton le Willows Academy

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How to apply for a Job at Carlton le Willows Academy

Carlton le Willows is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we implement all elements of the ‘Safer Recruitment Process’

Carlton le Willows Academy
Burton Road

Tel: 0115 956 5008     Fax: 0115 956 5009


Application and Recruitment Process 

We recognise that applying for jobs can sometimes be daunting.  We want our recruitment process to be clear and easily understood.  So we have prepared these guidelines to help you understand our approach to recruitment and so that you know what information we need from you.

What we want to achieve in the Recruitment Process

Quite simply, we will appoint the best person for the job, in a manner that is fair to all applicants.  Our application process aims to ensure we have sufficient information to make timely, fair and equitable decisions that are based solely on merit.  As such, we aim to give you the opportunity to provide up to date information about your abilities and experience, as these relate to the post you are applying for.  In this pack you will find a job description and personal specification.  These are key documents, which give you information about the job, the skills and other attributes that we believe are necessary to make a success of this role.  We advise that you consider them carefully before you decide whether to apply.

The Job Description

This aims to give you a full description of the main purpose of the job.  The list of duties is not exhaustive, but provides an overall summary of the scope of the job and what we will expect of the successful applicant.

The Person Specification

This describes the skills, abilities and experience that we think are needed to do the job successfully.  You should think about this carefully when writing the supporting statement part of your application form.  We use the person specification as a benchmark against which we assess all candidates.  You should therefore make sure that your supporting statement demonstrates how your previous experience, skills, qualifications and abilities match all those on the person specification.  What you write in your statement will be used to decide whether you should be put on a short list of candidates for interview.

Making an application

Remember, your application is the only information we have about you, and it is your opportunity to demonstrate that you are able to meet the requirements of the job.

You should carefully describe the kind of work you have done, and relevant experience that you have had.  So write your application in terms of your actual roles and responsibilities (for example in a project, work area or team) and then demonstrate, where possible, how you would use your skills, experience and knowledge to make a positive impact at Carlton le Willows. Any experience gained outside of paid employment may be equally relevant.

We would ask you not to submit a general application you may have used for a series of jobs unless it is equally appropriate.  CVs submitted without an application form will also not be considered.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Please complete and return this with your application.  Once received, this information is separated from the application form and is not used in the short-listing process in any way.  It does, however, provide us with valuable equal opportunities information for monitoring purposes.


All appointments are subject to the school receiving satisfactory references, and the application form asks you to identify two individuals for this purpose.  References will normally be taken up prior to interview, unless you indicate on the application form that you do not wish to have them taken up at this stage.  Your referees should have first hand knowledge of your work skills and abilities and when possible have been your direct line manager.  We require your present or most recent employer to be one of the referees wherever possible.  In this case, it is essential that any referee you give is authorised by the organisation to provide a reference.  If you are a college or university leaver then please provide a tutor as your referee.

Applicants with Disabilities

If you are shortlisted you will be asked to let us know if you need us to make any special arrangements for your interview on account of your disability.

Fair recruitment

We put great importance on ensuring that every stage in our recruitment process is fair and properly carried out.  We have a duty to ensure that everyone is treated in a non-discriminatory way.  We hope that you will feel that you have been treated fairly even if you are not appointed.  A member of the interview will always provide feedback if you would like to receive it.

We hope that you will be successful in your application.  However, if you are not, please don’t be discouraged from re-applying for future posts – your skills and experience may be what we need for our next vacancy.

Safer Recruitment Policy

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

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