Dear Theo, I'm new to this forum - and to this process in general, so I may have a number of questions, I'm afraid! Firstly, in the application form(s) I've seen so far, the section called 'Personal Statement' seems to be quite a rigorous affair where they give a full page to write your answer and say you should continue on a separate sheet if necessary. For this reason, I've made my answer quite detailed and structured (not bullet-pointed), using the person spec. / job description, and it takes up about two pages. In my covering letter, I've been including just the 'highlights' of my suitability for the post. Is that right? Another contributer said she was 'more descriptive' in the covering letter, which you said was the right thing, but what does more descriptive mean .... ? Also, does the executive summary constitute a separate sheet of paper, i.e. application form (including personal statement), plus covering letter, plus executive summary? Finally, with a handwritten covering letter for an independent school, how does one format the address / date stuff at the top - just your own address (and name?) on the right hand side, or the school's address on the left as well? Many thanks!