Making an Application

Job description and Person specifications

Before completing your application, please read the job description and person specification.  These outline the key responsibilities and the skills, qualifications and qualities required of the post holder.  You will need to demonstrate that you either already have these or have the potential to meet the requirements of the person specification in order to be considered for interview. 

Completing the Application Form

All candidates are required to complete the application form as information supplied in the same format makes selection far easier. Typed applications are preferable, but you are welcome to submit a handwritten form. Applications for teaching positions should also include details of results achieved.

The Supporting statement

The supporting statement is regarded as a very important part of your application.  You should make statements which demonstrate how your qualifications and experience match the criteria outlined in the job description and person specification.  We will be looking, in particular, for information about:

  • the ways in which you feel your previous and current education, training and/or experience have prepared you for the post
  • your achievements to date.
  • the reasons for any gaps in employment history.

As a guide, your statement should be no more than two sides of A4.


Suitable referees are people who have had direct recent experience of your work and who are in responsible positions.  If you have had a recent break in your work history, you may wish to nominate someone who has known you for a long time or perhaps been connected with any voluntary work you may have undertaken.  If you are currently employed or have been employed, you are asked to give your current or most recent employer.  If you are a trainee/student, please give an academic referee.

The College may contact past employers, other than referees, for information to verify particular experience or qualifications.

As the successful applicant will be working with, or coming into extensive contact with, young people/vulnerable adults, requests for references include a specific question about the applicant’s suitability for this.

Arrangements for Interview

The interview will usually be held within two weeks of the closing date.  Should the selection process incorporate any assessment, full details will be included in the email/letter inviting you to attend the interview.

The Interview and Selection Day

All interviews are a two way process and should give you the opportunity to decide if Sir John Deane’s is the right place for you. Throughout the day, College will assess your suitability for the post and the College community.  It is usual that, following morning activities, some candidates, but not all, will be invited to go to the final stage of selection which will be a formal interview with the Principal and other senior staff.

All offers of employment are dependent upon the candidate’s references, health questionnaire and criminal record check being satisfactory.

Data Protection

Completed application forms and supplementary information provided by you in support of your application will be retained by the Personnel Department in a secure place for a period of up to 12 months. Further information is available in the candidate privacy notice.

Receiving a response

Regrettably, due to the high volume of applications, it is not always possible to notify all candidates of the outcome of their application.  If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, it is unlikely your application has been shortlisted.

Submitting your application

The completed application form should be sent to the following address before the stated deadline:

The Personnel Department, Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8AF or e-mailed to

Should you have any enquiries regarding the post or recruitment process, please contact us at the above email address or telephone 01606 810020.

Good luck with your application; we look forward to considering you for this post.