I'm an NQT applying for a job I am currently contracted to for 2 terms (having done lots of supply at the school previously). I knew from the outset that the permanent post would be advertsied because the head said she wanted an experienced teacher, but she said I would be elligible to apply when the time came having gained sufficient experience. I guess I was hoping that I might have impressed her enough for her not to bother advertising, but for reasons best known to her, the governors and the parish priest, she has. I haven't received any hint as to whether I stand a good chance of getting the job despite the fact that I know she is very happy with the way I have fitted in and raised standards in my yr5/6 class. What I am curious to know is who, if anyone, has the greater say in appointing the successful candidate? Will it be the head, the priest or a democtratic decision by the whole panel? Your thoughts would be appreciated.