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School Counsellor

Term Time Only plus 5 INSET days. Fixed-Term contract until 31.08.23. Part-time 15hrs per week to be worked over three days. 8.30 am – 2.00 pm (with 30 mins lunch). Salary JM1, SCP 28 – 31, £32,798 - £35,336 p.a. pro rata, Actual Salary: £11,628 p.a. Plus Contributory Pension Scheme.

The Role

We are seeking a competent, responsible School Counsellor who will report to the Deputy Head, and support the existing two Counsellors for the duration of the contract.  You will be responsible for delivering day to day operational support to students at the School.

This is a pivotal role in helping the development of students across all age groups and assisting the staff across the school in ensuring students are guided and cared for accordingly.  You will be self-motivated, enjoy working with young people, be able to prioritise and effectively time manage as well as thrive being part of a Pastoral Team. A sound background in professional counselling ideally gained within an educational environment is required.

If you are inspired to support the learning and development of our young people, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Gordano School, through the Lighthouse Schools Partnership, offers an excellent benefits package including contributory pension scheme, a comprehensive employee assistance programme and benefits (offering discounts on shopping), cycle to work scheme and on-site parking. 

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.

Application forms and a covering letter must be submitted to  Submission of a Curriculum Vitae is optional.

Closing date: 12:00 noon Thursday 7 July 2022
Interviews: TBC

Gordano School and the Lighthouse Schools Partnership supports Equal Opportunities Employment

Gordano School and the Lighthouse Schools Partnership 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.