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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:
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.
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 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.
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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