Newbie I think it depends on the job and location. If it is in an area that gets lots of applications and advertises as "NQT" welcome to apply, then expect lots of applications. In this situation I dont believe a school would expect a visit or phone call not just because of the sheer numbers but because they will be expecting poor students who physically are unable to visit. My first job interview was like yours and I think this should be how every interview should be done as this seems the best compromise. For a job in SMT or for experienced teachers, then I guess you would be expected to at least phone. Depends on the pack though as you say. Having worked in a **** school for a **** head I personally would want to visit if there was no opportunity on the day, as I now work in a lovely school and wouldnt want to regret the decision to leave. Also at my time in life the next move is likely to be one of if not the last I make.