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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Permanent, Term Time only plus 5 INSET & 10 additional days. 37 hours/week. JG7 SCP 24 - 27 £29,174 to £31,895 p.a.  pro rata. Actual Salary £26,632 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 pride ourselves on the very high quality support for colleagues at all stages of their career through internal and external CPD, including our membership of the Lighthouse Schools Partnership’s Centre of Professional Development, with staff involved across all levels of NPQ programmes. We maintain significant involvement in Initial Teacher Training and deliver comprehensive ECT induction in association with the Five Counties Teaching School Hubs Alliance and Ambition Institute. Our very large staff body allows regular opportunities for progression into leadership roles at all levels.

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 from our brilliant staff, children and families to the Covid pandemic.

The Role

Gordano School is seeking to appoint a Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead whose main role will be to work as a member of the School’s Safeguarding team. They will work alongside teaching and support staff staff, parents and pupils. The underpinning value of the work is to ensure that every pupil achieves their potential, both academically and personally, through the provision of targeted support and intervention, working with the school’s Pastoral leaders and outside agencies. Under the direction and line management of the Deputy Head (Pastoral), this postholder will contribute to all aspects of pupils’ wellbeing and progress.

The Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead will work as part of a strong, highly supportive and professional team with designated work space and office.

The role will mainly involve

  • working with pupils with behavioural and attendance issues linked to Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • liaising and working with their parents and carers
  • working with other school staff and outside agencies to provide the best pastoral support for students with the greatest personal challenges in their lives
  • working as a key member within our Pastoral support and Safeguarding teams to ensure children are safe and their well-being is monitored.

Gordano School offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping) and on-site parking.

Applications should be submitted with covering letter and application form (curriculum vitae optional) to Mr Tom Inman Headteacher at by

Closing date: 9am Wednesday, 28 June 2022

Interviews: Tuesday 5 July 2022

Gordano School supports Equal Opportunities Employment.

Early applications are encouraged.  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.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. Enhanced DBS checks are required for all successful applicants.