I am currently teaching in a private school, a job and place I love. The contract I signed was for four months and it says that I have until the 1st of June to apply for the permanent position in September. I started at the very end of February. On Friday, the Headteacher told me that a person they interviewed before I came emailed one of the governors,saying he/ she will be willing to start in September at the school. ( apparently this person could not resign from his/her current position for a February start). Hence, the governors have decided to appoint him/ her for the permanent position. The Headteacher said it was nothing to do with my teaching or me, as everybody likes me at the school and he only had excellent feedback from the pupils and that the decision is not his as he is to leave at the end of June. It seems all really shady to me. I can't tell anybody about this yet ( it is very hard as every day, teachers ask me if I still enjoy the place and want to stay next year) as the Head wants to tell my department himself . I know it is an independent school and they can do what they want, but I am wondering if it is all legal. My contract says I can reapply and now I can't as they found someone else ( maybe a friend of one of the governors????......) .The Head was actually very nice and told me he only found out the night before and he wanted to let me know asap so that I can find something else , that he would give me an excellent reference.... From our conversation, I feel that he wanted to let me know whilst the governors would have let me wait and hope. I am so disappointed. I know I do a good job, I get on well with the staff, the children like my lesson ( and obviously learn) yet my job is being given to someone else who may be related to one of the governors. I know that in state school, they can't do it ( on application form it always ask if we know or are related to a governor) and private school can do what they want. So my question is this one again: Is it a breach of contract not to give me a chance to apply? I am not planning on suing the school, I just want to know. I have not even met any of the governors so find it hard to swallow that they decide they found someone better than me. Thank you for your reply Theo.