About the role: Do you pride yourself on your ability to build and maintain good working relationships with young adults? Can you empathise whilst being firm but fair? The Leigh Academy have a great opportunity and are seeking to appoint a Student Support Officer who will support students across the academy with attendance, with their behaviour for learning and their emotional wellbeing.
The Student Support Officer will take on responsibilities to provide support to other pastoral staff, involving behaviour mentoring, liaising with other provisions where students are educated off site and supporting attendance and punctuality. Whilst full training will be offered when in post, our successful candidate will have some prior experience of working in a similar capacity directly with young people, offering an empathetic and restorative outlook for the benefit of the students. They will also take on responsibility for organising, providing administrative support and supervision for the Curriculum Support Centre (CSC), having a positive impact on student learning.
There may also be the opportunity to take on the role of Mental Health Lead, with training provided. This would involve liaising with external agencies for example NHS trailblazers and external counsellors who provide on site support for identified students, as well as overseeing external speakers delivering assemblies and workshops.
The basis of this role is permanent, Term Time + 1 week inset, 8.00am - 4.00pm (Monday - Friday with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break). The actual salary is £18,920 (£21,775 full time equivalent).
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Working with us at The Leigh Academy: The Leigh Academy is a secondary school at the heart of the community and our small school model ensures that each and every student gets the personal support and challenge they need to reach their full potential. Overall the academy is a dynamic and exciting place to work and the fantastic leadership team are committed to making it a great place to work for staff at all stages of their career. Our award winning building and facilities are modern, light and airy and the open learning terraces and classrooms built around a daylit wintergarden give the academy a unique and special character.
The purpose built academy has the most up-to-date, technologically advanced facilities available. It is divided into four Colleges each containing 400 students aged 11-18 taught by their own staff. Our dedicated and energetic staff make a real difference to the lives of our students. We believe that these smaller schools within the Academy develop deeper relationships and lay stronger foundations for learning which underpin outstanding achievement.
The principles that have taken us on our exciting journey remain: namely, a passion for learning; a commitment to trying new ways to inspire and motivate young minds; and a dedication to helping each student fulfil their potential by encouraging them to explore all that life has to offer. Everyone who visits us is impressed by our students, the working atmosphere, the sheer sense of enjoyment in the learning process and the strong focus on achievement.
Being part of Leigh Academies Trust: As of 1st September 2021, our Trust comprises 31 geographically organised academies (15 secondaries, 14 primaries and 2 special) educating 20,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff. The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training organisations, a large teaching school hub and is an accredited apprenticeship provider.
As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust. This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together. You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.
Our commitment to safeguarding: Leigh Academies Trust and all of our academies are committed to ensuring the highest levels of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We adopt a fair, robust and consistent recruitment process across all academies and business units. All offers of employment are subject to an Enhanced DBS check, references, and where applicable, a prohibition from teaching check.
Our commitment to equality and diversity: As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals, we all bring something unique to the role regardless of any protected characteristics which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise. We are committed to providing equality and fairness throughout our recruitment and employment practices and not to discriminate on any grounds.
Based on the quality and quantity of applications received, Leigh Academies Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy sooner than the specified closing date. Applicants will be notified of this where possible. Therefore, early applications are encouraged.