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Pupil Wellbeing Practitioner 

Salary: Up to £28,500 p.a. (full time equivalent £35,118) depending on qualifications, skills and experience

Type of position: Permanent, Term Time Plus 6 days (pay is based on a 42.2 week year including paid holiday)

Reporting to: Director of Pupil Wellbeing

Location: Highgate, London

Highgate School supports anonymous recruitment. This means we hide your personal, identifying information to remove bias from the hiring process. We encourage applications from candidates who experience barriers and inequity due to their ethnicity, gender identity, physical or mental health, sexuality, and/or socio-economic background. Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, overseas police check if necessary and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The School

A culture of community, kindness and belonging 

Highgate is a different kind of independent school.  We are a school whose charitable ethos is an inextricable part of both staff and pupil DNA. Highgate doesn’t exist in a bubble, but is connected to, and part of, a community. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and, in 2017, Highgate co-founded the free sixth form school, The London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET), with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club as principal business sponsor.

From the Pre-Prep right up to the Sixth Form, we are actively seeking to embed a real sense of belonging at Highgate. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of an environment that:

  • welcomes them
  • enables them to be themselves
  • understands them
  • encourages questioning, self-knowledge, and self-expression
  • helps them not just to manage, but to thrive, to discover and pursue their passions, and to develop as individuals and members of a community

To do this, we are evaluating diversity in our professional, curricular and co-curricular life, exploring how to attract pupils and staff from all backgrounds to work and learn at Highgate and providing opportunities to share our own experiences as well as learning from alternative perspectives. Our work on inclusion at Highgate involves pupils, staff, alumni, parents and carers.

Award-winning success

Founded over 450 years ago in 1565 by Sir Roger Cholmeley, Highgate is one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools for pupils aged 4-18. There are currently in the region of 1,850 pupils split across our Pre-Preparatory School, Junior School and Senior School sites, in conjunction with approximately 600 teaching and support staff. We are proud to be able to claim some of the top academic results across the UK, as well as titles of Independent School of the Year 2019 and Independent School of the Year for Social Mobility 2019. Highgate has recently been named the Sunday Times London Independent School of the Decade by Parent Power, The Sunday Times Schools Guide. “Ranking in the top 25 independent schools in the UK for its results in the examination hall, Highgate achieves well for its children. But it also makes a difference for many more children beyond its own gates.” Alistair McCall, The Sunday Times.

Pupil Health and Wellbeing Department

The School employs specialist medical, counselling and pastoral staff to promote the health and wellbeing of our pupils. These colleagues work closely with the Pastoral and Safeguarding teams of teaching staff in each of our schools so that we can offer the highest quality of care for pupils and appropriate advice and support for families, in conjunction with external agencies and safeguarding partners.

The School’s Safeguarding and Pastoral Care teams include the Senior Leadership teams in the Pre-Prep and Junior Schools and, in the Senior School, the Heads of Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form, in addition to the School Chaplain, Heads of House and Heads of Year. Other key senior staff in the Senior School include the Deputy Head (Pupils’ Personal Development and Employability), the Deputy Head (Academic), and the SEND Department. 

The Role

The Pupil Wellbeing Practitioner will report to the Director of Pupil Wellbeing and work directly with Senior School Pupils to improve their emotional health and wellbeing. They will work with the school pastoral staff to support the Deputy Head Pastoral and Lead DSL with referrals to outside services including Social Care, and liaison with outside services to best support young people and families.  In addition, they will work with parents where appropriate to improve their confidence in building their own and their children’s resilience.

Main Responsibilities 

  • To work as a member of the Pastoral team to provide support to pupils enabling them to reach their full potential
  • To work with the school’s designated safeguarding lead (DSL), to support the work of the assistant DSLs and to liaise with external agencies, including but not limited to Social Services and CAMHS 
  • To work closely with the Pupil Wellbeing Team (Wellbeing officer, Nurses, School Counsellors) to manage referrals so that young people access appropriate support within school or be referred to outside services according to their needs
  • To meet regularly with the Deputy Head (Pastoral) to review current cases
  • To assess and deliver evidence-based interventions to children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties
  • To work in partnership, supporting children & young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties
  • Through case management and supervision, to escalate cases where the level of need becomes beyond scope, or more severe, supporting the young person and family to access more appropriate services to meet their needs
  • To provide a range of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help. This work will mostly be in school face-to-face, but may also be via phone/video depending on circumstances
  • To plan and deliver group sessions on agreed topics related to wellbeing and positive mental health (e.g. anxiety management)
  • To assess and integrate issues relating to transitions, education and school related issues into the overall therapeutic process
  • To work within a collaborative approach involving a range of relevant others when indicated, while respecting confidentiality
  • To receive regular case management and clinician supervision
  • To attend Pastoral Team meetings and contribute with sharing learning and innovative practice
  • To engage in and respond to personal development supervision to improve competences and practice
  • To ensure a comprehensive understanding of the relevant safeguarding legislation, guidance and best practice
  • To maintain up-to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures in relation to children and young people’s mental health
  • To support the School in creating and updating a wellbeing page for pupils on SharePoint

These duties and responsibilities are intended as a guide. They are not exhaustive: The Pupil  Wellbeing Practitioner will be expected to undertake any reasonable task or responsibility as required by the Director of Pupil Wellbeing, the Bursar or a designated deputy.

For any queries please contact Human Resources, Highgate School, North Road, London N6 4AY. Recruitment@Highgateschool.org.uk

Closing date: Thursday 12 August. Applications will be considered on receipt and we reserve the right to close an advert early if we find a suitable candidate.

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