Dear Theo, I have been working in an independent boarding school for five years. I am now looking for HOD jobs and one school that has caught my eye is a state grammar school that sounds like an exciting place to work. I know it will be a popular school but I want to submit an application and cross my fingers. I have been a second in a large department for two years so feel I am ready for the move. My current school has its own salary scale and so I am unsure how the pay system works in the state sector. I've looked it up but just want to check I have understood the scale correctly. If a post says TLR 1.2 = 9,012 pounds, what could I expect to be paid if that is added to five years teaching experience (plus PGCE and subject MA if that counts)? Many thanks.