Student Welfare Officer

The King John School, Benfleet

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Job Ref No. ECC5403-297S Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: Band 3 - Point Range 17-21
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Job Share Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 24/03/2019 Midnight Date of Interviews: TBC  

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Student Welfare Officer

37 hours per week

(actual working hours 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 3.30pm, Friday)

Term time only

Band 3, Pt Range 17-21 (Actual salary £15,436 - £16,983 per annum)

Required: ASAP

The King John School in Benfleet is a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 mixed comprehensive of over 2000 students, of which approximately 420 are in the sixth form. The school's reputation in the area is second-to-none and that is because of the achievements of our students and the ethos of the school. Our results are consistently strong and over 76% of our students achieved a standard pass in English and mathematics at GCSE (Grade 4 or above) in 2018 and we are recognised by the Department for Education for our proactive promotion of the English Baccalaureate within our curriculum.

Our A-level results have been exemplary, with over 50% of year 13 students gaining A* - B grades in all of their subjects. We are in the top 15% of the country for A-level outcomes compared to 2817 schools and colleges. The school enjoys an excellent reputation, having received a letter from the Director of Education in September 2017 commending the school on the 'fantastic' results that year.

The King John School offers a high quality educational experience through a broad curriculum and a caring, friendly environment, and sets the highest expectations for all. Through high quality teaching and learning and exceptional wide ranging enrichment opportunities the school seeks to cultivate students' motivation, confidence and intelligence. The school strives to be at the forefront of school improvement and innovation and invests heavily in the creation of a learning community and to this end a new extension to the sixth form, humanities building and state of the art assembly hall have been constructed recently to accommodate the growing number of students wishing to join us.

Our school is a dynamic learning environment where all students are encouraged to aspire towards their very best. We are growing rapidly and our reputation in the local area is attracting an increasing number of external students to the sixth form who wish to continue their studies with us. We challenge our students to achieve ambitious goals and to never settle for second best. If you feel you could contribute to this ethos and enhance it further, please contact us.

We require a student welfare officer to work with the SEN Team Leader and Designated Safeguarding Leads to provide social, emotional and educational welfare support to students. The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of student welfare, ensuring effective support for wellbeing and safety.

This varied role will involve working 1:1 or small groups with students, provide counselling/mentoring, working with teaching and learning support staff to ensure student learning and progress is maintained and providing guidance and support for staff, students and parents. You will work closely with the Targetted Services team, counsellors, school nursing team, educational psychologists and other external providers to provide a holistic approach to student support. Attendance at student planning and review meetings with be required as appropriate.

Good ICT and reporting skills are essential as the successful candidate will need to provide regular updates, reports and concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Leads and Targetted Services team. You will be responsible for evaluating support initiatives and re-integration support provided as required.

The successful candidate will need to understand the importance and significance of safeguarding, confidentiality and possess excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.

Counselling/mentoring qualification and experience is required and an understanding of mental health and experience in supporting issues related to mental health.

Previous experience of working within an education sector and an understanding of safeguarding and the referrals process would be an advantage but not essential.

The school has good staff retention and is wholly committed to continued professional development. To this end, all children of appointed permanent staff are eligible to apply for an automatic place at King John School. The school offers free healthcare through Benenden Healthcare Scheme which employees are entitled to join.

Closing Date for applications: Sunday, 24 March 2019 (midnight)

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if there is a good level of response. Therefore we would recommend that you submit your application as early as possible.

For an application form please visit the school website: Alternatively, please email Tanya Bonner, Director of HR:

Cv's alone will not be accepted or cv's submitted by agencies

Zenith Multi Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding the welfare of young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to full employment checks, including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

The King John School is a Zenith Multi Academy Trust school as part of Zenith Multi Academy Trust

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Tanya Bonner
Shipwrights Drive
Thundersley, Benfleet
Essex, SS7 1RQ
Telephone: 01702 558284