Hours: Full time, term time only
Required: Spring term 2024
Uppingham School is currently seeking a compassionate and dedicated Lead Counsellor to join our team and make a lasting impact on the lives of our students. This is an exciting opportunity to play a crucial role in providing exceptional pastoral care and shaping the overall well-being provision in a welcoming environment.
As the Lead Counsellor, you will be responsible for overseeing and managing the counselling provision at the school, as well as line-managing a team of two existing part-time counsellors. Our counselling service is accessible to all pupils and forms an integral part of our comprehensive pastoral care program. Some students with complex needs will require regular therapeutic support, while others may seek assistance on an ad hoc basis to address specific challenges. In addition to managing your own case load of approximately 22 hours of clinical work per week, you will also triage and allocate cases to the counselling team.
You will also play a significant and influential part in the overall pastoral care across the entire school community. This includes providing direct pastoral support to students and delivering training, guidance, and support to the Senior Pastoral Team, Housemasters/Mistresses, Matrons, and senior pupils. By doing so, you will help shape the holistic pastoral provision at Uppingham School.
We are looking for an individual with extensive experience of counselling young people. Whilst experience within a school setting is preferred, applicants from health and/or social care backgrounds are also encouraged to apply. You will be kind, warm, and approachable, with the ability to instil trust and confidence in pupils, parents, and colleagues. You will demonstrate emotional intelligence, well-developed pastoral instincts, and the empathy necessary to support students who may be experiencing worry, anger, or distress. You will demonstrate excellent knowledge of BACP guidelines and safeguarding frameworks as well as an understanding of how to translate this into excellent counselling practice within a boarding setting.
Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.
In return Uppingham offers a community that values people. We are warm, compassionate, and mutually supportive. This is reflected in our working environment and the benefits we are able to offer:
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The closing date for applications is 9am on Tuesday 30th January 2024.
Interviews will take place week commencing Wednesday 7th February 2024.
Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates must be willing to undergo full screening in accordance with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE), including an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils will be explored at interview.