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faith school... who should I use as a referee?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by nikilala, Jan 18, 2016.

  1. nikilala

    nikilala New commenter

    I am applying for an EYFS position at a faith school.
    It asks for the third referee to be a pastor or other referee. I am not religious and therefore do not have a pastor to ask so who should I be listing as my third referee?
    Many thanks
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Usually this is an added extra. By this I mean that you have two professional references and a faith one, if applicable.

    You could just try ringing or emailing the school, saying that you have no referee who can support your religious commitment, so should you provide a character referee or just leave it blank.

    If the answer is leave it blank, then write in the space for 3rd referee "As advised by M's X when I rang the school, I am leaving this blank."

    By the way, have you found all the application advice articles? If not then tag me @TheoGriff .

    Best wishes

  3. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    If you do not have a parish priest or vicar to give you a reference, then it is fine to leave it blank.
    Thee third referee is aimed at candidates who are catholic or C of E. You do not have to be religious to work in a faith school but you will be expected to fully support the ethos of the school.
    Good luck!
  4. pwarps23

    pwarps23 New commenter

    would you say this is the sa,e for headteacher applications?
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    Well, @pwarps23 , many HT applications for faith schools include being a practising member of the church as a desirable or even essential item on their person specification . . .

    As they are allowed to, in law.

    So in one case you are disqualified and in the other disadvantaged.

    Best wishes

  6. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    For HT posts in Catholic schools it is essential that the candidates are practising Catholics. Unfortunately, you will not be considered at all for the post if you are not. You would not secure an interview.
    Are you applying for a HT post?

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