This is terribly outing, as I suspect people from my school will recognise me. But it's eating me up and I need to get people's opinions and advice. My HOD is stepping down to be a classroom teacher as she wants a less stressful life. She joined our school when we both applied for 2iC two years ago. She'd previously been 2iC & a HOD, so although I was disappointed to miss out, I understood why. Head told me I interviewed really well & that if somebody of equal or lesser experience had applied, the job would have been mine. Soon after, the HOD was promoted to SLT & my 2iC colleague was promoted - reluctantly - to HOD. We both think that was the plan all along. Whilst she was HOD, I supported her to the hilt. In her words, I carried out the role of 2iC for her. She recently stepped down. School recently appointed a new HOD, external candidate, starting in September. Also a new classroom teacher to replace a leaver. On Monday the post of 2iC was advertised & current HOD said, 'Go for it. The job should be yours'. Interview went well & I outlined all the additional responsibilities I'd taken on over the last two years. I attend conferences, read educational books & am a whizz at technology. New classroom teacher also interviewed & got the job. We are the same age, I have been teaching 12 years & this is my second school. She has been teaching just shy of 3 years & this will be her third school. She has a PhD, but not in Education. As a previous union rep I have clashed with the Exec Head. I am also outspoken. I believe that SLT have taken the opportunity to put the boot in. I feel humiliated & that they are probably all having a laugh at my expense. They asked me to mentor the new woman; current HOD has said that is not appropriate & told them to find someone else. She also said he was absolutely fuming that I did not get the job. I love the kids at our school and most of the staff. I am devastated.