I recently went through the arduous process of interview for a Headteacher’s post at a larger school. Needless to say, I wasn’t offered the post; otherwise I wouldn’t be posting this here. I was told in the feedback I received that I gave a good account of myself at interview, was told that the staff and school council meetings had gone very well and that my scores in the various tests we had to carry out were some of the highest they’d had. Now I know for a fact that the successful candidate attempted seventeen of the maths questions and got five correct, whereas I attempted nineteen all of which were correct. The feedback I received from the Education Officer that was involved in the interview focused on my PowerPoint presentation as the area of weakness, that it was too “wordy.” That was it, the only area of weakness. It was felt that because of this I had “lost” the governors in the room and that it had been too difficult to win them back. Now, the successful applicant was a Deputy Headteacher from a neighbouring school. This school has not advertised for a new deputy in her place. I feel that the whole process was a set up by the schools involved and the local authority to avoid a redundancy situation. Is there anything I can do about it? I feel that I've been put through the mill for a post that never existed.