School Counsellor

Hitchin Boys' School, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1JB

This job expired on 11 July 2022 – see similar jobs

  • Expected start date

    1 September 2022

  • Application deadline

    11 July 2022 at 12pm (midday)

  • Date listed

    29 June 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type


Annual or full time equivalent salary

£28,226 - £35,336

Actual salary

£21,302 - £26,668

School Counsellor job summary

Join an OUTSTANDING school! Hitchin Boys’ School (HBS) is a successful over-subscribed school with academy status. Following Ofsted's visit in September 2021, we were delighted to announce that we have once again received top marks by retaining the judgement of ‘Outstanding’. We are seeking to appoint a School Counsellor to provide a high-quality counselling service to our students, responding to social, emotional or educational concerns. The role will work alongside our pastoral support teams aiding the outcome of excellent teaching and learning for all students. Our ideal candidate will work collaboratively with relevant staff making them aware of problems experienced by students and will make recommendations as to how these may be managed/resolved, as appropriate. They will offer pupils, a comfortable, safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to voice and explore their thoughts, feelings and worries, along with complex experiences and personal concerns and difficulties. For this role, experience in a similar role and qualifications are essential. Candidates must have a recognised professional post-graduate counselling or psychotherapeutic qualification to Degree or Masters level or equivalent. They will also be accredited by the BACP, or registered with UKCP, BPS or other professional registering body and have a further therapeutic training/qualification in working with children and young people. Experience of safeguarding is essential as is the ability to maintain confidentiality within the school’s safeguarding procedures. If you think you have the potential to work as an outstanding school counsellor then we would be delighted to hear from you. We offer a secure, supportive environment, a full induction programme for all new staff and continuous professional development. HBS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check will be carried out for all posts. Further details and an application form are available on the school website. Completed applications should be emailed to Mrs Becky Rose, HR Assistant at brose@hitchinboys.co.uk. Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 11th July* Interviews: w/e 15th July * We retain the right to close the deadline early if a suitable candidate is identified. HBS welcomes applications from all applicants who meet the requirements for the position, however we are especially keen to receive applications from those in minority groups for which the School is currently underrepresented. We celebrate diversity and thrive on the benefits it brings.
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About Hitchin Boys' School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1286 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18
Contact phone number
01462 432181

Following Ofsted's visit to Hitchin Boys' School in September 2021, we were delighted to announce that we have once again received top marks by retaining the judgement of ‘Outstanding’. Inspectors concluded that the curriculum at Hitchin Boys’ is highly ambitious for all students. It is designed very well and ensures pupils not only learn rich subject knowledge, but also grow in their awareness of the world around them. As the report noted, “The school is a calm place for pupils to learn and be themselves.” The full report is available on the school website (https://www.hbs.herts.sch.uk).

Hitchin Boys’ School is a high achieving, over-subscribed comprehensive school with a mixed sixth form, which forms part of the highly successful Hitchin Schools’ Consortium. We have a history that stretches back nearly 400 years but embrace fresh thinking, a modern, vibrant curriculum and have a campus that has had £5m+ invested in new facilities in recent years.

Our ethos:
At Hitchin Boys’ we pride ourselves on offering a warm and friendly environment where our students are encouraged to fulfil their academic potential whilst developing a solid foundation of spiritual, social, moral and cultural awareness. Hitchin Boys’ School helps all students to achieve according to their ability, and we celebrate success in many ways other than exam grades, ensuring that all our students go on to the next step in their lives with a feeling of achievement and self-worth. We are committed to caring for each and every one of our students and helping them become well-rounded, successful young adults.

The school is a historic site itself with Grade II listed buildings as well as state of the art facilities which opened in 2019 including a 220-seater auditorium with cutting edge recording technology

The school has consistently been over-subscribed for many years, and Hertfordshire County Council provided funding which has enabled us to increase our facilities to accommodate an additional 45 students in every new intake. This has provided some financial support to help us through these difficult times in education, it also means that there will be new roles created within the school to manage demands both academic and pastoral of these increased numbers.

From 2018 the school has an 8-form entry school and runs a 25-period week. For most subjects students are taught in these groups until Year 8 when some setting takes place. Class sizes are low overall. Strong consortium links exist with the other local secondary schools, Hitchin Girls’ and The Priory School.

The curriculum has always been broad and balanced with an explicit commitment to maintaining the full range of learning, knowledge, understanding and skills in all aspects of the students’ education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning.

All students in KS4 study the usual core of English, Maths and Science, and also either History or Geography (or both in many cases) and almost every boy studies a Modern Foreign Language up to GCSE and then a wide range of option choices. The creative aspects of learning in Art, Drama and Music and Technology play a significant part in the life of the school. The uptake of Science & Maths is very strong in 6th Form and with large groups taking all humanities subjects (History, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy & Ethics) to A-Level, it is fair to say that the school provides significant breadth ensuring students keep their options for life open as long as possible.

Arranging a visit to Hitchin Boys' School

Please contact the School Business Manager’s PA, Mrs Becky Rose, at brose@hitchinboys.co.uk.

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