Dorchester Middle School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the school. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants. The process is outlined below, but can be provided in more detail if required.
Posts advertised on this page are classified as having substantial access to children, and appointment is subject to an enhanced police check of previous criminal convictions (DBS). Applicants are required, before appointment, to disclose any conviction, caution or binding over including ‘spent convictions’ under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exemptions) Order 1975. Non-disclosure may lead to termination of employment. However, disclosure of a criminal background will not necessarily bar individuals from employment—this will depend upon the nature of the offence(s) and when they occurred.
Only those candidates meeting the relevant criteria indicated on the personal specification will be taken forward from application.
Shortlisted candidates will take part in an interview with questions relating to the job description and person specification and will take part in other selection exercises such as lesson observations.
At least two references will be requested, normally from previous and current employers. These may be contacted before the interview and in all cases, before an offer of employment is made. Please be aware that there may be checks carried out on all aspects of an application to confirm the validity of information supplied.
All volunteers will be dealt with in the same way as other applicants and will have to follow the same Safer Recruitment process.