Hello everyone. I applied for and was offered a new job in an independent school last February before this virus thing started. I accepted the offer after receving the offer letter but have yet to receive a contract or further details etc. What worries me is this: I need to find somewhere to live nearby and was hoping to get on the property ladder by buying a small house rather than renting but I don't know if this job is really going ahead or not. I'm relatively new to teaching (I'm currently an NQT in a secondary state school) and am not clued up on whether independent schools can rescind job offers because they might have fewer pupils come September for example (the school is relatively small with only a few hundred pupils). Is it risky to buy a house now and get a mortgage etc? I texted the head a month ago and he assured me I will be needed but I'm still not comfortable. Please help!