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Chew Valley School and The Lighthouse Schools Partnership are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all in our community to share this commitment. Suitability to work with children and young people will form part of the selection process. As part of the shortlisting process, an online search will be carried out. All appointments will be subject to vetting, including an enhanced DBS check. We are also committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates, particularly those from underrepresented groups.

Application Process

All applicants must complete our application form.  This ensures all information is presented in the same way, so that applicants are treated equally.  We do not accept CVs as part of the selection process.

Where possible, we ask that applicants apply online.  However, if you need our application pack in a different format, please email

Eligibility to work in the UK

You must have, or be able to obtain before you start, permission to work in the UK.  Further information is available on the UK Border Agency website

Disclosure of interest

These questions inform us of your eligibility to work for us and allow us to adapt our recruitment processes where possible, e.g. if you have a relationship (personal, financial or professional) with a proposed interview panelist.

Criminal convictions

Self Disclosure - please return in a sealed envelope with your application.

The school will undertake a DBS check for the successful applicant.  If you have a criminal record, you must tell us about all 'spent' and 'unspent' cautions and convictions.

We ask that you also tell us about any police reprimands/cautions/warnings that may be revealed by the request of an enhanced disclosure from the DBS.  If you are shortlisted, you will be asked to bring identification to the interview and, if appointed, you will be required to complete a DBS check at an enhanced level.


We will obtain references for the successful applicant.  All offers of employment are made subject to the receipt of two references, which we regard as satisfactory.

If any of your previous roles (voluntary or paid involved working with children, young people or vulnerable adults, we will ask for information about past disciplinary issues relating to these vulnerable groups (including any in which the time penalty is 'time expired' and whether you have been subject to any child/vulnerable adult protection concerns and the outcome of any enquiry or disciplinary procedures.


Our selection process is based on each individual's own merits and abilities. The information provided in your application is evidence and used against the essential and desirable criteria required for the post. 


If you are selected for interview, we will contact you with the details of the interview and explain what you need to bring.  Our selection processes normally consist of a full interview programme and involves an opportunity to meet some other staff and students.  For some roles you may be asked to take part in a written/practical/skills exercise.

Pre-employment checks

All offers of employment are made subject to pre-employment checks including a medical questionnaire and reference returns.


Robust procedures are in place to ensure that staff who have access to children, young people and vulnerable adults or access to sensitive information about children, young people and vulnerable adults are employed safely.

 Safer Recruitment Policy Statement

All school vacancies are advertised on the school website, through the following website and local media where appropriate.