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Pastoral Support Officer - Full-time/Part-time - Special Needs Position

Ripplevale School and College - Rochester, Rochester

  • Ref:KCC887-6006-45S
  • Posted:05/06/2023
  • Pay:Salary NJC 5 (£22,369 to £22,777 FTE)
  • Start Date:September 2023
  • App Close Date:19/06/2023 at 13:00
  • Interviews:22nd June 2023


Ripplevale School Rochester is seeking an inspiring and committed Pastoral Leader.

We are searching for the best education professionals to join our expanding team.  Are you passionate about making a difference to our children’s learning? Do you understand the importance of education? 

It is our belief that all students have the opportunity to make progress but to do this they need to feel safe and secure in the surroundings.  Ripplevale provides a holistic approach that is child centred.  The provision includes a therapy team of SaLT, OT and Emotional Wellbeing specialists working in our caring and nurturing environment, alongside our teachers and support staff. 

We welcome Pastoral Leaders at any stage of their career, from mainstream or special education.

Ripplevale School Rochester is committed to recruiting talented, highly skilled professionals and we are looking for a Pastoral Lead who is able to:

  • track attendance and punctuality across the group providing students & parents support where needed
  • support the implementation of the school’s centralised behaviour policy to secure outstanding behaviour for learning including stepped consequences and positive recognition
  • support student wellbeing across the cohort
  • plan early intervention to ensure all students make outstanding progress
  • liaise with internal and external stakeholders to ensure students receive effective support
  • build positive and effective relationships with parents
  • support a tutor team to bring about positive outcomes for students
  • provide an excellent example as a role model
  • have an enthusiasm for new approaches and implementation of your ideas
  • be reflective practitioners with a ‘can do’ approach to teaching and a passion to raise standards
  • have the ability to support all children to explore and reach their full potential, and become well rounded, well balanced and confident people
  • demonstrate ambition, professionalism and are committed to further personal development
  • commit to working as part of a dynamic team of professionals both in and out of the classroom.

Salary NJC 5 (£22,369 to £22,777 FTE) Pro rata salary £19,185 to £19,535 per annum

Hours 37.5 for 39 weeks a year.

We can offer you:

Pay in line with NJC pay scales

A strong and supportive leadership team that is passionate about staff and student wellbeing

An ‘Employee Assistance Programme’ membership entitling you to Home Life Support, Work Life Assistance, Physical and Emotional Health Support and Wellbeing support resources including mini health checks.

Strong support for your further professional development 

Sickness benefits.

We require you to:

Be passionate about students’ learning and development

Be a great team player with a positive outlook

Have a passion for the development of the whole child

If you are passionate about improving outcomes for students and you are looking for an exciting opportunity to have a real impact in a nurturing environment, then this could be the job for you.

Applicants are strongly advised to apply early for this post as we reserve the right to close a vacancy prior to the closing date if a high number of applications have been received.



Information about the school

Ripplevale Rochester is an independent specialist provision for students aged 6 to 25 who have been diagnosed with various needs, which may include ASD, dyslexia, speech, language and communication difficulties, DCD, sensory, social, emotional and other learning difficulties along with high levels of anxiety. The school is set in an historic Medway town and enjoys the outstanding community facilities and links that the towns of Chatham and Rochester have to offer.

Ripplevale provides a holistic child centred approach to education underpinned by our team of 98 Teachers, Teaching assistants, Administrators and Therapists, all working in a caring and nurturing environment, with a common belief that all students have the opportunity to make progress and experience success everyday, in a safe, caring, nurturing and secure environment.

Our site boasts well-resourced classrooms, small class sizes, music and drama facilities, Science labs, Therapy rooms, amazing vocational teaching areas such as our hair and beauty studios, a coffee shop, catering kitchens, as well as numerous areas for children to have fun and enjoy social times. Staff are both welcoming and friendly at this independent school and there is a collaborative approach where resources and best practices are shared.

Job Contact Information

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 Education.