Pastoral Support Officer (PSO)

Philip Morant School and College, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC5404-567 Position Type: Teaching/Child Support Pay Range: £22,064 - £23,208 (LGPS 5, Point 9-12)
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 23/04/2024 Midnight Date of Interviews: w/c 29th April 2024  

Job Description

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Pay Range: Local Government Scale 5

Actual Salary from: £22,064 - £23,208 (Point 9-12)

Hours: 37 hours per week, 40 weeks per year

Start Date: May 2024

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for our school to recruit an enthusiastic and committed full-time Pastoral Support Officer as soon as possible.

We are fortunate in already having a very strong team in place with outstanding colleagues and inspirational leadership, who are committed to delivering high quality care, guidance and support.

This appointment provides an opportunity to strengthen our team further with a new, talented and enthusiastic Pastoral Support Officer who aspires to contribute fully to the pastoral care of our young people. If that sounds like you, we would love to hear from you.

Philip Morant is a popular, mixed comprehensive, in north-east Essex. The school has served the City of Colchester for over half a century and has a tradition, not only of excellence in education but also caring for its young people. Philip Morant is a happy school in which, overwhelmingly, students feel safe and achieve well.

Our vision is simple: a community where everyone feels they belong and are the best they can be. Our ethos is encapsulated in three words: 'Aspiration, Success, Kindness' which underpin our approach to all aspects of school life.

Philip Morant & College is ambitious for all of our students in their pursuit of excellence whether that is in the classroom, on the football pitch, the stage or working within the community.

We are committed to achieving the highest standards and delivering a holistic education and experiences which prepare our students for the next stage in their education, training or work place.

Please feel free to contact us on 01206 545222 if you require any further information about the school, or would like to arrange a visit. We will offer you a warm welcome and let you see for yourself why we are proud of our school.

  • The position will suit an experienced pastoral worker or someone new to working in schools with transferable skills and experience.
  • This post is 37 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (term-time, plus non-pupil days and 1 week working during school closure periods).
  • The working pattern will be 8am - 4pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 3:30pm Friday (including a 30-minute unpaid break).

Some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing care, guidance and support, as appropriate.
  • Supporting the mid year admissions process.
  • Supervising students in our Internal Exclusion Room as required.
  • Assisting the Pastoral Team in informing colleagues when appropriate about social or behavioural issues or changes affecting students.
  • Providing general administration support and cover for colleagues, as necessary.
  • Supervising and support students with anxiety managing their return to full time education, including learning supervision as required.
  • Student and staff support.

(The full details can be found in the attached Job Outline and Person Specification).

We're looking for you if you have:

  • A love of working with young people.
  • The energy to support our young people to flourish.

Why work at The Philip Morant School & College?

  • We have fantastic young people and forward thinking staff.
  • We have 50 years of tradition, underpinned by progressive values.
  • We prioritise the curriculum over gimmicky initiatives.
  • We have a clear, systematic and centralised approach to student support, safeguarding, inclusion and behaviour.
  • We are part of a large yet locally based Trust, which opens up a myriad of career possibilities?
  • And, we serve the best school lunches anywhere.

Why work for The Sigma Trust?

We can offer you:

  • A competitive salary
  • A Chromebook
  • Robust school CPD training programme that enables you to flourish
  • Opportunities to work with colleagues across the Trust to share resources, ideas and build collaborative relationships

Employee Benefits:

  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Pension Scheme
  • Free Membership to Perkbox
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Discounted Gym Membership at selected local gyms

Please note that an integration period applies to all new staff joining the Trust, to support introduction into the organisation.

Additional Information:

For additional information about the Trust and this school, please visit our website

To Apply

To apply for this post, please follow the URL link provided below:

Please note that only fully completed application forms will be accepted and any CV's and accompanying covering letters will be disregarded. A Notes for Applicants document is attached for further information.

  • Closing date: Midnight on Wednesday 23rd April
  • Shortlisting: 24th April 2024
  • Interviewing: w/c 29th April 2024

The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

The Sigma Trust is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunities regardless of any protected characteristics. This is embedded in our vision 'To Be Greater Than The Sum Of Its Parts', where we believe we are strong and more successful working together, creating a workplace which celebrates diversity.

Information about the School

We are a large secondary school in Colchester and also enjoy a thriving Sixth Form College. We are a popular School with waiting lists for every year and are proud of our strong academic record. We have an excellent and enthusiastic staff led by a strong senior leadership team and we work hard to provide an environment where every student is valued and their varying needs met. Our pastoral care is based upon a highly successful house system and ensures support both for students and parents.

Safeguarding The Sigma Trust is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with. As such, all posts are subject to safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records, online checks and other vetting checks. We ensure that we have a range of policies in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practice across our schools.

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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Information about the school

Contact Information

Sigma HR
Rembrandt Way, Colchester
Essex, CO3 4QS
Telephone: 01255 750913

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