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Dear Theo - previous Head Teacher

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by 21-K, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. I was made redundant in the summer because my school unfortunately closed down and I didn't get anything else by the time I left.

    My current referees are my previous HOD who I am still in contact with but my other referee is my previous headteacher. However, I only have an email address for her and I have tried to contact her but have not had a reply. It has been a week.

    Do schools need a referee off the headteacher or would it be okay to put someone else down as a referee such as a deputy who I can easily contact. This situation worries me obviously because I want to apply for jobs but can't with only an email address as a contact.

  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I presume you're not expecting to put a home address? I usually put the school address and school e-mail.
  3. This is the problem, I have no address for her at all and can't get in contact with her. The school is no longer there so I can'exactly put that down as I have in the past. It is a strange situation I kno and I just don't know what to do about it.

  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    If you have one referee from that last school, although it doesn't fit the required criterion of "last or current employer", in a case like this, it will do. After alll, there could be a situation where the Head had tragically died . . .
    So put the Deputy (after contacting him/her to ask) and then in your application, where you explain briefly about the school closing, add: For this reason I am unable to give the Headteacher as a referee as her whereabouts are currently unknown; I am therefore giving the Deputy Head and the Head of Department.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
  5. Thank you!

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