School Lead Counsellor

Location Uppingham
Discipline: Nursing & Healthcare, School Counsellor
Job type: Permanent
Salary: £40k per year + Benefits
Contact name: Medical Team

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Job ref: SC 177
Published: 22 days ago
Startdate: April 2024

Lead Counsellor - Uppingham, Rutland
Required: Spring term 2024
Contract: Permanent.  Hours: Full time, term time only
Salary: £40,000 FTE
Situated in the picturesque town of Uppingham in Rutland, Our client's School is a leading co-educational boarding school accommodating over 800 pupils and employing more than 600 staff.
They are currently seeking a compassionate and dedicated Lead Counsellor to join their team and make a lasting impact on the lives of their students. This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in providing exceptional pastoral care and shaping the overall well-being provision in a welcoming environment.
As the Lead Counsellor, you will be responsible for overseeing and managing the counselling provision at the school, as well as line-managing a team of two existing part-time counsellors. Their counselling service is accessible to all pupils and forms an integral part of our comprehensive pastoral care program. Some students with complex needs will require regular therapeutic support, while others may seek assistance on an ad hoc basis to address specific challenges. In addition to managing your own case load of approximately 22 hours of clinical work per week, you will also triage and allocate cases to the counselling team.
You will also play a significant and influential part in the overall pastoral care across the entire school community. This includes providing direct pastoral support to students and delivering training, guidance, and support to the Senior Pastoral Team, Housemasters/Mistresses, Matrons, and senior pupils. By doing so, you will help shape the holistic pastoral provision at Uppingham School.
They are looking for an individual with extensive experience of counselling young people.  Whilst experience within a school setting is preferred, applicants from health and/or social care backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. You will be kind, warm, and approachable, with the ability to instil trust and confidence in pupils, parents, and colleagues. You will demonstrate emotional intelligence, well-developed pastoral instincts, and the empathy necessary to support students who may be experiencing worry, anger, or distress. You will demonstrate excellent knowledge of BACP guidelines and safeguarding frameworks as well as an understanding of how to translate this into excellent counselling practice within a boarding setting.
Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.
In return our client offers a community that values people. They are warm, compassionate, and mutually supportive. This is reflected in their working environment
and the benefits they are able to offer:
- 50% contribution to premiums for the School's private health scheme
- Free Westfield Healthcare
- Free membership of dual-use Sports Centre (£25 annual joining fee)
- Free staff lunches in term-time
- School fee discount for children of Uppingham staff.
- 25% Holiday Club discount for children
- Retail, gym, supermarket, cinema and restaurant discounts
- Cycle to work scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Occupational Health Services
- Free annual flu jabs
- Recognised as a "Disability Confident" employer
- Recognised as a "Mindful" employer
- Discounted RAC membership
- Favourable rates and terms with local nursery
- Working towards investors in diversity
The closing date for applications is 9am on Tuesday 30th January 2024
Interviews will take place week commencing Wednesday 7th February 2024
For full details, please apply online or call 01227 780888