A job has come up for a subject lead at a school I applied for when I was doing my PGCE... there were 2 PGCE students (myself and another) against a guy who was 3 years into teaching and was on long term supply at the school. Yes, you guessed who got the job - the long term supply! However I found it good experience as a student, so didn't mind so much. I'm now 3 years into teaching and the same school is advertising a subject lead. Now, my gut is saying there's probably an internal candidate waiting in line for the job! So to try to figure this out, I asked to visit the school - plus I can't remember entirely what the school was like and it's also changed a little by the looks of their website and literature. I really don't remember what the kids were like etc. However I have been offered a slot AFTER school (3:30pm) to visit... I don't understand why I would be offered after school for a potential candidate to visit. Surely you'd want the potential staff member to see your school in full working order? Unless of course... you don't want students to see random people walking around school? Or am I being completely cynical? Really, if I can't see what the kids are like, seeing what the buzz around the school is like, I don't really want to visit... because the only other thing I want to know is actually if there is an internal candidate. I just don't want to plough into an application which will take hours - then I'd have to tell my head I'm looking (when I'm not really - it just seems a great opportunity & it's my area & they are offering a good TLR for something I essentially do already for free) ... I'm not actively looking to leave my current role. That could open a can of worms... GAH! I just don't know. I'm not sure whether to be cheeky and ask if there is 'any internal interest for the position' on the basis I can't visit after school?