Hi Theo, I'm currently looking to move to another part of the country, and as such I am considering applying to an academy. Generally speaking, I am against academies, but am struggling to find an appealing job (obviuously difficult in these times for many people!). The academy I am considering applying to is currently rated as "outstanding" (however with a "good" for teaching and learning, so I would expect it to be re-inspected under new Ofsted guidelines, and that that may carry a lot of pressure in an academy), and does look like a lovely school to work at, in an area I would love to live in. I have done a bit of homework and read the documents that the school published on its conversion, and it does mention changes to the working day and year. Obviously, if appointed they could pay me whatever they wanted too. My question however, is really when is it ok to ask about these things? Would it be wrong to call them up in advance of submitting an application and ask what the proposed pay and conditions would be for the successful candidate? I presume that I would have no success in asking about the changes to working day/year but would it also be very bad form to ask about that - whether they have made a decision/what the decision is. I am aware, obviously, that they could also make further changes later on, but would like to know how it stands at the moment/in the near future. I also don't want to waste valuable hours on an application only to get an interview and find that I do not want to work at the school!