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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    12 October 2023 at 9am

  • Date listed

    2 August 2023

Job details

Visa sponsorship

No, visa sponsorship not available

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£10.90 Hourly 39 week term time only contract

Pastoral Lead (Student Support) job summary

Join Athena - Inspiring World-Class Education Together!

At Athena, we are a passionate and forward-looking educational organisation committed to providing world-class education and helping individuals lead great lives. Our core values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" guide our mission to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment where everyone can excel and grow.

About Us:

At Athena, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and shape a brighter future. We are dedicated to fostering a strong sense of community, where students, educators, and parents collaborate to achieve academic excellence and personal growth. Our commitment to "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" underpins everything we do, inspiring our students to aim high, take ownership of their learning, and treat each other with respect and compassion.

We are inspired by wisdom, creativity and learning. Determined to create a world where all children get to go to great schools, our mission is to provide the knowledge and education to bring opportunities, choices and freedom. 

If you want to be part of an inspirational team of big thinkers who will support you to develop your full potential and value your knowledge, passion, wellbeing and commitment, it sounds like you could be on your way to joining us and becoming an Athenian.

Role Summary

The purpose of this role is to provide all pastoral support to our students with a focus on essential behaviour and safeguarding support with the primary goal of promoting their overall development and progress.

This role will embody the Athena values and take responsibility for their part in delivering world class education for our students. You will look forward and dream big so that we continually learn to provide the very best support to our students.

Key areas of responsibility - What will you be doing

Build Knowledge

  • Work closely with the Safeguarding team and Key Stage leads to gain a deep understanding of the students' needs and the support required for their well-being.

  • Stay informed about relevant policies, procedures, and legislation concerning student welfare, safeguarding, and data protection.

  • Collaborate with external agencies such as Social Services, KOOTH, CAMHS, and the School Nurse to enhance the support network available to students.

 Build Trust

  • Play a major role in caring for and guiding students ensuring a safe and supportive environment.

  • Prioritise the well-being of vulnerable students, including pupil premium and SEN students, within the assigned responsibility area.

  • Develop open and positive channels of communication with students to gain their trust and encourage them to share their concerns.


  • Respond promptly to identified concerns from staff or students themselves, addressing urgent issues effectively.

  • Support great attendance for our students with prompt and thorough follow up, including liaison with parents/carers and advising on interventions.

  • Provision of early help support, attendance to TAF meetings and keeping accurate records of these cases.

Clarity and Energy

  • Foster a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for students showing genuine care and empathy in interactions.

  • Assist tutors and other staff members in maintaining strong communication with parents/guardians to create a supportive partnership in students' development.

  • Work with the safeguarding team to support meetings with students and parents/guardians as necessary, providing clear guidance and support tailored to their needs.

  • Support with high-energy daily greeting, weekly assemblies 

 Follow Up

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of student information, incidents, and progress using the SIMS system.

  • Undertake administrative tasks related to behaviour support and handle general inquiries related to the college efficiently.

  • Monitor CCTV and promptly report any incidents or concerns to the relevant parties.

  • Facilitate the college detention system and collaborate with Heads of Year, Tutors and pastoral staff for cohesive student support.

Person Specification - How you will be doing it

Dream Big

      Deliver value opportunities for world class education for all students

Take Responsibility

  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the department. 

  • Ensure Health and Safety and Safeguarding are at the centre of your approach.

  • Take accountability for your own development and aspire to deliver the very best practice across all areas of your role.

  • Support disruption-free learning in every lesson

Be Kind

  •  To encourage acceptance and inclusion of all students. 

  • Support positive strategies for promoting equality and for challenging racial and other prejudice.

  • Support exceptionally positive culture of year group


GCSE C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English

A relevant qualification in pastoral support (desirable)


Practical skills supporting students in a learning environment

Experience in specialist support for students

Ability to support learning through ICT

Strong ability to build relationships with students, parents and peers

Able to work alone and as part of a team

Emotionally resilient with a positive approach to your role


Experience in a similar role

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request from a manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

You could reasonably be asked to work out of our partner sites to support where required

Our Commitment to You:

We recognise that all of our people have a role to play in ensuring our students have access to world class education and so are our most valuable asset. We are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment that promotes both personal and professional growth. Here are some of the benefits and perks you can enjoy as a member of our team:

People: our staff are great people and a great team together

CPD: we love learning and provide all with professional development opportunities. We invest in our employees' growth and development through continuous learning opportunities, training programs, and mentorship.

Flexibility: We believe in achieving work-life balance, and we offer flexible working arrangements to suit your individual needs. Our staff work flexibly within a range of different patterns and positions

Value: our staff have a great pension, lots of holiday entitlement, access to sick pay and nationally negotiated rates of pay

Impact: we work as a team to improve our children’s life chances and opportunities

Leaders: we see every staff member and child as a future leader

Time: we value staff time really highly and devote ourselves to always investing it well

Support: we back our staff 100%, with access to practical support when it’s tough 

Balance: we value the holiday we have to do things that make us happy and healthy

Employee Wellbeing Initiatives: Your wellbeing is important to us. We offer a range of initiatives and resources to support your physical, mental, and emotional health.

Car Schemes: As part of our commitment to our team's convenience, we offer car schemes that cater to your commuting needs.

Perkbox: Enjoy access to Perkbox, a platform offering a wide array of discounts, benefits, and rewards to enhance your lifestyle.

Join us on this journey to inspire greatness in ourselves and others. Together, we can create a brighter future and make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

How to Apply:

If you are passionate about our values and dedicated to making a meaningful impact on education, we invite you to apply. Please complete the application form on My New Term and tell us about how you connect with our values of "Dream Big, Take Responsibility, and Be Kind" and what you feel you can contribute to our team and our goal to deliver world class education.

PART TIME - 32.5 hours per week

We reserve the right to close this role early upon offering a successful candidate so please do not hesitate in applying.

Commitment to safeguarding

Please refer to our safeguarding policy on the Athena Learning Trust website at: https://www.athenalearningtrust.uk/policies
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About Bideford College

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1430 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Bideford College is part of the Athena Learning Trust alongside Altarnun Primary, Atlantic Academy, Egloskerry Primary, Launceston College and Launceston Primary School .

Bideford College is a rapidly improving 11 – 18 secondary school on the North Devon coast. It aims to ensure that all students, regardless of socio-economic background can successfully move on to their next step in education or employment with the skills and qualifications they need. We do this through a broad and balanced curriculum and co-curricular offer which enables students to develop resilience, knowledge and contribute positively to the local and global community. We are committed to driving up standards, insisting on high expectations and raising the aspirations of our students.

We are proud of the broad and balanced curriculum that we offer our students in both the main school and in the sixth form. It offers the potential to develop a range of academic and vocational skills that prepares young people for careers in the 21st century. This is underpinned by a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities that nurtures the development of sporting, artistic and technical talents that sees our students succeed at a local, national and international level.

Bideford College is a caring community and we are proud of the inclusive school climate that has been created through the positive relationships developed between students and staff. We want our students to feel safe in the learning culture that exists in the classrooms of the college.

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