I've got an interview for a HoD job at what seems to me a really good (independent) school, but a colleague of mine managed to somewhat burst my bubble by making a throwaway remark about pupil numbers. I looked them up and found they are down about 10% from 5 years ago! How significant is this? I obviously don't want to end up somewhere that is super strapped for cash so there's no budget to do stuff or worse still, somewhere headed for closure? Or is 10% within the range of normal fluctuations and recoverable? Also, given my apparent naivety on the above, are there any other statistics I should check or questions I should ask about this place? I've checked the obvious things like ISI reports, exam results, etc. - all positive. (Note - it's quite far geographically so I don't have access to the local 'grapevine' so to speak.) Thanks to all for any pointers you may have!