Dear Theo et al, I have just returned home for an interview at my perfect school. I gave an excellent observed lesson and a pretty good interview. There were quite a few jobs and not many shortlisted candidates. At the end of the day the head asked to see me and then informed me that one of my references was particularly bad even stating that they would not hire me. I feel really upset for a number of reasons. Firstly I was stupid enough to include a reference from my last placement school where I had not got on well with my PST who is extremely close to the head teacher when I had other glowing references from supply teaching I could choose from. At the end of the placement I specifically spoke to the head about references and he said that I had stuck it out my PST was a "hard task mater" and he would provide me with a good reference. This explains why my feedback for my last interview was so frosty. They sent most of the candidates home at lunch and I made it to interview but the head seemed really off with me. I feel both really low about this I really think I would have got the job. The Head was very professional and beyond that lovely about it which in a way makes me feel worse as it makes me want to work at the school more. She said I was still in the running but I know this is a major black mark against me. Apologies for the diatribe but I really feel frustrated after finally finding a school I could see myself working in and getting so close!