- School Description
The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.
Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the School were classified as outstanding in its 2019 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.
We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.
The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.
In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre.
There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.
For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse section.
- The Role
As a member of the Support staff, the School Counsellor’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Assistant Head (Welfare).
There will be weekly meetings with the Deputy Head (Pupil development and welfare) and Assistant Head (Welfare) and the other two part-time counsellors.
The School Counsellor will provide a counselling service to the pupils of The Perse School (Prep and Upper). The successful candidate will have a shared office (with the other two part-time counsellors) at The Upper for their use.
To offer pupils individual counselling and support
- To work with a diverse range of issues including bereavement and loss, transition, eating disorders and self-harm, depression, anger management and erratic behaviour, abuse of any kind, anxiety and fears.
- To provide consultation to staff whose role it is to support pupils in distress
- To liaise with the pastoral management team
- To work with the other counsellors to allocate workload and to discuss the service, trends and other appropriate topics
- To network with personnel from other agencies with a view to easing referrals and accessing specialist consultants
- To keep suitable case records on counselling in a secure place
- To attend regular supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor (The School will pay for supervision related to clinical work with Perse pupils)
- Working in consultation with the School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and other related policies
- To provide information on the counselling service, the role of the counsellor and the boundaries of confidentiality to pupils and parents
- To report back on a regular basis on numbers using the service and give a general overview of the types of problems with which the users of the service are presenting
- To perform duties within the codes of practice and ethics recommended by the BACP, UKCP or equivalent organisation
- To devise and, where appropriate, deliver a programme of training to support and develop the counselling service
- To contribute to the Peer Listeners Scheme
- To review and evaluate the service
- To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact.
- Post-graduate Diploma or Masters level in Counselling or Psychotherapy
- BACP Accreditation, UKCP registration or BPC
- Further therapeutic training or qualification in working with children and young people
- An understanding of the developmental, emotional, social and educational issues of children and young people
- An awareness of range of needs of people from diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds
- Knowledge of local mental health and CAMHS Service
- Knowledge of the Children’s Act and legislation pertaining to children
It is desirable for the successful applicant to have:
- Minimum of 2 years of post-qualification counselling experience
- Minimum of 1 year experience of working with children and young people
- Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Skills and Abilities
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work independently, manage own caseload and use initiative
- Ability to work under pressure
- Flexibility to work with a developing organisation
- Ability to work with change
- An interest in ongoing professional development
- Positive communication and listening skills
- Patience, tolerance and sensitivity
- A mature and non-judgemental outlook
Job Specific Terms and Conditions
This post is part time for 7.5 hours per week, term time only, although some flexibility will be required. Working on Tuesdays to link with the existing counsellors in the school.
Term time is defined as the published school term dates, plus two additional days immediately preceding the published start date of the Michaelmas term, and one additional day immediately prior to the published start date of the Lent term each academic year.
However, you may be required to work such additional hours as the needs of the job require. No extra payment will be made for this additional time but, where appropriate, time off in lieu will be given, with the agreement of the Bursar.
The starting salary will be £5,572 (which is a full time equivalent of £35,336 per annum, pro rata for the part-time and term-time hours).
Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks including Bank holidays per annum, pro-rated for the number of hours and weeks worked per year, which must be taken during School holidays.
- Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.
The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.
- How to Apply
Please apply using our online system.
Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.
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