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Pastoral Mentor

Fixed term contract until 31st August 2022, Term Time Only.

15 hours per week - core hours must be 8.30am to 4.30pm on a Wednesday, remaining 7.5 hours negotiable.

JG6 SCP19 £25,481 – SCP23 £27,741 pa pro rata - actual salary £8,796.16 pa

Plus contributory pension

The School

Gordano School is a large and highly successful 11-18 comprehensive secondary school approximately eight miles outside Bristol. This includes a thriving Sixth Form of over 350 students that is strongly integrated into the school and offers significant opportunities for Post-16 teaching in over 30 courses. We are the sole secondary school serving the popular town of Portishead, and benefit greatly from being a central part of our community.

We view education as something bigger than just academic achievement. We have a record of considerable academic success, but believe that an education should be about preparing young people for their future lives in a complete sense. As well as consistently positive Progress 8 and Level 3 Value Added outcomes at GCSE and A Level respectively we place great emphasis on student leadership, an unparalleled extra-curricular programme and student progression to their next steps in a wide range of academic and vocational routes.

We value our membership of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, the North Somerset Teaching Alliance and our role as a Teaching School in delivering high quality support and development for colleagues, both new to the profession and more established. Our size allows regular opportunities for progression into leadership roles.

We were judged Outstanding in all categories in our last Ofsted inspection, but, just as importantly, seek to be a very happy school community with a big heart. This has never been more evident than in the last year, where we have been incredibly proud of the response of our brilliant staff, children and families in response to the Covid pandemic.

The Role

We require some additional support in our Pastoral Team and are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated Pastoral Mentor to join us on a fixed-term contract to work with and support primarily the Head of Fitzroy House, but also other members of the House Team and the wider Pastoral and Inclusion Teams. The Pastoral Mentor is required to work the hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm on a Wednesday, with half an hour unpaid lunchbreak, but the remaining 7.5 hours are negotiable. We welcome applications from non-teaching or qualified teaching staff (the role post does not involve any classroom teaching).

To be considered for this position you must have:

  • Previous experience of working with children in an educational setting
  • Previous experience of working as part of a team
  • An ability to make sound and logical judgments in decision making
  • A proven team player, adding value to the team
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills
  • An ability to stay calm and to use a measured, informed approach to deal with conflict or pressured situations
  • An ability to work under pressure whilst helping others to remain calm and measured
  • Resilience and positivity in equal measure
  • An ability to multi-task even when under pressure

The Light House Schools Partnership offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), discounted on-site gym membership and on-site parking.

Application forms should be submitted with a covering letter (curriculum vitae optional) to Jenny Perry, HR Officer at by:

Closing Date: 9am on Friday 24th September 2021

Interview Date: TBC

Gordano School reserves the right to interview and appoint prior to the closing date of the advertisement, should the School be able to appoint an appropriate candidate.

Gordano School supports Equal Opportunities Employment.

Gordano School is committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its pupils and expects all staff to share this commitment. Safer recruitment practice and pre-employment background checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Appointment is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for regulated activity.


The Lighthouse Schools Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.