Dear Theo, Having taught for the last 12 years in the state sector and having reached UPS 3, I am now interested in a position I have seen advertised in a local Independent school. I have had a successful career to date and am currently a Head of Dept. I have also contributed to lots of extra- curricular activities and would love to do the same at my next school. I am lacking in confidence however, as I had some care-free years at University many moons ago and came out with a 2:2. Will I be overlooked immediately or do you think more weight is placed on career achievement and teaching ability/ results in the classroom?