Sixth Form Mentor

Rugby Free Secondary School, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5PE

5 days remaining to apply

  • Expected start date

    As soon as possible

  • Application deadline

    6 July 2022 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    15 May 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type


Annual or full time equivalent salary

£20,000 – £24,000 (FTE) depending on experience

Actual salary

£17,348.00 - £20,818.00 Annually (Actual)

Sixth Form Mentor job summary

Key duties and responsibilities

Achievement and Progress

• Promote consistently high expectations of all students and ensure they are making good progress by offering targeted academic and pastoral support

• Identify students or groups of students who are facing learning difficulties, and put initiatives in place to address the barriers to learning they’re experiencing

• Promote and support inclusion for all students

• Develop individual and group mentoring programmes

• Role model good levels of literacy and numeracy, and encourage improvement in these areas among students who are struggling

• Develop action plans for students facing difficulties, and work with staff/parents/carers to put them in place

• Where appropriate, visit students at home to discuss issues and plan next steps

• To assist with the running of the Study Centre ensuring that all students are utilising their independent study time effectively

• To support revision sessions in the preparation for exams

Behaviour and safeguarding

• Work with parents, carers, students and staff to create open discussions about students’ needs, the school’s expectations and what appropriate support looks like

• Work with students to demonstrate and encourage good behavior in line with the school’s behavior policy

• Support the physical and emotional wellbeing of students, encouraging confidence and self-esteem through listening to them, and through individual and group support

• Follow all relevant legislation, guidance and procedures regarding child protection, safeguarding, and health and safety

• Support the attendance and punctuality of all students, and work to improve attendance rates where issues are identified, recognising how this links to students’ wellbeing

• Work collaboratively with appropriate external agencies to support students’ development and progress

Curriculum and leadership

• Demonstrate enthusiasm for learning and improving skills, and model this to all students

• Engage with staff and school leadership to put whole-school strategies in place to support the learning of all students

• Liaise with families and develop good relationships with parents/carers, becoming a recognisable and approachable contact within the school

• Where appropriate, take part in absence management meetings, and communicate with parents/carers

• Take part in line management within school, and set goals for continuing professional development

• Report to the Headteacher and senior leadership team on student progress and absence rates

• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and prepare written evaluations and reports

• To liaise with Directors of Learning about student academic progress around the support and resources required to facilitate progress

The successful candidate will have:

• Experience of working within a school environment

• Good working knowledge and understanding of the curriculum

• Educated to Level 4 (A Level) or equivalent qualification /experience

• Ability to establish rapport and to maintain respectful and trusting relationships

• The ability to overcome barriers to learning with children by implementing school policies, procedures and identified support mechanisms

• Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills

• Ability to remain calm under pressure and meet deadlines

• A good understanding of Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Child Protection

• A commitment to equality and diversity and inclusion

• The ability to promote a positive, optimistic attitude to learning and achievement within the school, with students, families and the wider community is essential, as well as demonstrating the effective management of students to ensure they meet their targets and deadlines and achieve their ‘personal best’.

Student Supervision

  • Supervise students during their study periods and examinations as required and maintain a quiet academic environment in the school study centre/library

  • Maintain and advise on mechanisms to improve the study environment for the students

• Communicate with appropriate teaching staff regarding behaviour and progress

• Inform appropriate teaching staff of absenteeism of students from study periods without permission

• Ensure students maintain a tidy work environment and report any damage

• Liaison with Form Tutors and the Sixth Form Team on pastoral matters.

Learning Mentor

• Support students in their learning through effective monitoring and review of areas e.g. study skills, note taking, time management, revision skills

• Hold 1:1 wellbeing conversations with students to support their academic progress and personal growth and development on a regular basis.

• Use data effectively and liaise with other members of the Sixth Form tutorial team to provide targeted intervention and support for students identified as ‘at risk’ of not meeting course requirements


• Operate manual and/or computerised information systems in connection with students

• Complete and submit all returns/records as required

• Develop and maintain stock of reference books

• Assist in school administration, as required.

Other duties

• Participate in any relevant training as required

• Seek and communicate careers opportunities to the students

• Implement all school policies and procedures

• Support and develop the roles of our Student Leadership Team

• Such other duties as may be assigned within the level of the post

Professional Development

• To take responsibility for personal continuing professional development.

• To take part, as appropriate, in the Trust professional development programme.

• To engage actively in the Performance Management Review process.

• To evaluate own personal performance through self-evaluation and learn from the effective practice of others and from evidence


• To ensure that all students have a safe environment in which they can learn, reporting any concern about the environment to a member of the site team or if appropriate to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders

• To be aware of systems which support safeguarding and following the procedures as highlighted in the Safeguarding Policy

• To identify children who may benefit from early help as soon as possible and discuss this with one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders

• To consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child

• To protect children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

• To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Generic Responsibilities of all Rugby Free Secondary School Staff

• To continue personal development as agreed.

• To engage actively in the appraisal process.

• To undertake any other duty as specified by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document not mentioned in the above.

• Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, each individual task to be 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.

• Employees are expected to adhere to the School’s agreed Code of Conduct and set an example of personal integrity and professionalism

• Ensure all tasks are carried out with due regard to Health and Safety.

• To remain confidential at all times.

• To adhere to the ethos of the school.

• To promote the agreed vision and aims of the school.

• The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

• This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.

This job description does not form part of the contract of employment. The job description will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subjected to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the holder of the post.

If you feel that you could bring further impetus to our drive to improve the provision for our students and have the necessary energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humour to take us forward in this exciting curriculum area then please get in touch.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow (LT2) is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. LT2 is always happy to receive speculative applications from excellent teachers and support staff.

The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled job applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition.

This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title. We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time.

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About Rugby Free Secondary School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
853 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19
Contact phone number

About Rugby Free Secondary School

We are at the start of a very exciting journey and have worked extremely hard over the last year to create a culture of high expectations across the school, supported every step of the way by our Trust. This has been achieved through the development of strong and positive relationships with staff, students, parents and carers. Our reflective approach means we are always striving to improve in all we do and believe that mistakes are only an opportunity to learn.

Taking and broad holistic approach, we identify the barriers to learning that are likely to affect our students and work relentlessly to address them.

Our aim is for all students in our care to have the capacity to achieve their full potential and for our curriculum to nurture and develop each child’s hidden talents throughout their time at RFSS.

It is an exciting time to be working part of the RFSS family and as part of our trust Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow. RFSS opened in 2016, we relocated to our brand-new purpose-built facility in February 2020 and secured ‘Good’ in our most recent Ofsted inspection (July,2021). We have also welcomed our first ever cohort of Sixth Formers this year and are expecting the number of students we have on roll to grow very quickly over the next two years, meaning that we need to expand our staff team.

The road hasn’t been smooth, but it is a school committed to providing success for all its students and providing a workplace that supports its staff to ensure they are able to work to the best of their ability for our students every day.

You won’t find teachers and staff anywhere else who are as committed to a school’s purpose and supporting its success. Relationships are at the heart of RFSS and underpin our new core values and we are always looking for dedicated staff who share our ethos and demonstrate our values.

Please find below link to our website with the latest Ofsted report when we were graded as ‘Good’.

Our Values are:

Kindness – The quality of friendliness, generosity, consideration, honesty

Collaboration – The belief that working and learning with others will lead to greater success

Curiosity – A strong desire to know and to learn

Resilience - The ability to recover quickly and learn from the difficulties we face

Respect - To appreciate the importance of understanding and admiration for others and self

Endeavour - The belief that hard work is needed to achieve something we can be proud of

Arranging a visit to Rugby Free Secondary School

To arrange a visit to school or for an informal discussion with the Director of Learning, please call Vanessa Sorzano-Ince, LT2 Trust Administrator, on 01788 222060 or email;

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