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Head of Safeguarding & Student Welfare - Term Time

The Wyvern School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-7069-123S
  • Posted:27/09/2022
  • Pay:KR10 (£34,866 - £41,011 FTE)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:06/10/2022 at 16:00
  • Interviews:13th October 2022


We are looking for a diligent professional with excellent people skills who will work in partnership with our families and outside agencies.

The role involves leading our well- established team of designated safeguarding leaders and playing an instrumental role in leading school staff to ensure effective safeguarding of our pupils and supporting families

You should have extensive recent experience of safeguarding in either a school or social care role. Experience of working with people with a learning difficulty or disability would be an advantage but not essential.  

The successful candidate will be strategic and operational lead for safeguarding and family support, including being the school’s Lead DSL.

Our Head of Safeguarding and Student Welfare will build strong relationships with professionals, parents, carers, pupils and other key stakeholders in the Wyvern community.

For more information, please read the attached job description and person specification.

Term Time Only plus 15 additional days during school holidays

Working pattern: 8.30- 4.30 daily

Start date: as soon as possible


Applications close: 6th October 2022 at 9.00

Interviews will be held on 13th October 2022

Visits to the school are actively encouraged.  Please contact 01233 621468 if you wish to arrange a visit.

Information about the school

The Wyvern School is a large, dynamic, forward-looking school, with the aim of helping to shape best practice for pupils with complex needs. The school caters for 350 pupils with severe, profound and complex needs including autism.

If you want to play a part in making a difference to the lives of children with complex needs, we would love to hear from you!

The Wyvern School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. For all positions where a criminal record check is identified as necessary, an application for a DBS check will be made in the event of the individual being offered the position. It is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. Please see our school website for our policy on ex-offenders.

For further details on the School's child protection policy, please see our school website.

In line with Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance 2022, as part of the shortlisting process the School reserves the right to conduct an on-line search on shortlisted candidates as part of our due diligence. Any relevant information found concerning a candidate's suitability to work with children will be discussed with the applicant.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Michelle Humphreys - HR Manager
  • Address:Great Chart Bypass, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4ER
  • Telephone: 01233 621468
  • Email: personnel@wyvern.kent.sch.uk


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Legislation.