after visiting a school and thinking it was the right job for me I decided to apply, taking my time listening to all advice given on here especially. I wrote my application. I knew I was in with a good chance as I had a friend at the school who told me there was an internal candidate but he did not have the necessary experience as it was a very senior position( not going to say too much in case I'm recognised). So after a lengthy wait I heard nothing and was so disappointed to hear that he had got the job! Being annoyed at not even having a rejection letter I complained to the school and was told that no application was received .Finally, a representative from the academy chain got in touch and said it was a glitch! Really! They had told me they received my application on the day it was sent but somehow it hadn't made its way to the school! How disgusted am I , Inside job? Only 2 candidates- both internal- both male-definitely. What can I do? - nothing! Now I will make sure I check with the schools they have received my applications instead of just waiting for them to reply!