Before completing our College Application Form, please ensure that you read the Application Form Guidance Notes below.

Apply Online

This is our preferred way to receive your application. It’s the quickest, cheapest and greenest method. You will need to register as a user on our Vacancies page by providing your personal details including an email address. You will then be able to complete your application, save partially completed applications and submit online directly to the College.

Once you have submitted your completed application form, you will receive a confirmation email message.

Maximise your Chance of Success

Please read the job description and person specification carefully. Describe fully how you meet the essential and desirable criteria required for the post as we will base our decision on whether to shortlist you using the information you provide in your application form.

If you are applying for a teaching post you will need to provide the information about the examination results of students you have previously taught unless you are a newly qualified teacher.

What Happens Next?

The shortlisting panel will decide on the information given in the application form which candidates best meet the selection criteria.

We will maintain contact with you regarding the progress of your application by email.


When completing your online application form, if you have any questions or need any assistance, please email our recruitment support provider here and include the advert reference in the subject line. Alternatively, please call 0844 800 9376 for assistance.

If you have a disability, health condition or other support needs and require the application form in an alternative format, please contact the Human Resources team. Email: or telephone on 01772 622677.

Good luck with your application!

  • Application Form Guidance Notes

    Please read this page carefully before you complete your application form.

    Application Form

    This is a standard online application form to be completed by all candidates, including internal candidates. If you need any support in completing this application form, please contact the HR Team. If you have any technical issues, you may want to contact HireRoad support on 01509 975182. All information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

    Please do not submit a C.V. or other testimonials in support of your application. This is because the application form is designed so that information can be compared on a like for like basis.

    When providing information about previous employment, please be accurate about dates of employment and include part-time and unpaid work. Also include dates and reasons for any breaks in your employment or education history.

    If you are successful, the College will undertake a number of employment checks including the requirement to see original certificates of all relevant qualifications.


    Candidates should provide two referees to support their application. References will not be accepted from relatives or from those writing in the capacity of a friend. If you are in or have just completed full-time education, one reference should be from your school/college/university. Otherwise, references should be from your current employer and a previous employer. For employment references, you should provide a referee who was senior to you and is able to comment upon your suitability for the role. One of your referees should be from a Head Teacher or Principal if you have previously worked in education or a setting with children or young people. Character references should only be supplied when no employment referee exists.

    Disclosure of Criminal Convictions

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the health and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

    In order to check an individual candidate’s suitability to work in an educational environment, the successful candidate will require an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Clearance.

    All applications for DBS are dealt with in accordance with the DBS’s Code of Practice and the College’s Policies on the Guidelines on the Recruitment of Ex- Offenders and on Guidelines on Handling, Use and Secure Storage of Disclosures. Visit for a copy of the DBS Code of Practice and Privacy Notice.

    Equal Opportunities Form

    We are an equal opportunities employer and value diversity. No candidate, employee or users of College services will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of a protected characteristic, or be disadvantaged by a condition or requirement which cannot otherwise be justified.

    By providing this information it will help us to measure the impact of our Equality and Diversity Policy and to continue to develop relevant HR policies. Your equality and diversity information will not be seen by the shortlisting panel and forms no part of the selection process. However, it will be necessary to share information about disability during the selection process in order to guarantee an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post and/or to ascertain what support and assistance may be required.

    Pre-employment Checks

    It is important that all the information you provide is accurate. Any offer of employment will be subject to a number of pre-employment checks to verify information which has been provided on the application form and to ascertain suitability to work in an educational environment. Pre-employment checks, which must be satisfactory to the College, will include:

    • Eligibility to work in the UK
    • Verification of identity
    • Disclosure and Barring Service clearance
    • Health assessment
    • References
    • Verification of qualifications
    • Online search