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  • Job start date

    27 August 2024

  • Closing date

    21 May 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    10 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Pastoral, health and welfare
  • Other support roles

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Full time, part time, term time: Monday to Friday (8.45am - 4.15pm) Term Time (39 weeks)

Contract type


Actual salary

£22,707 - £24,826 per annum, including fringe allowance

What skills and experience we're looking for

The successful candidate will have the following essential qualifications, experiences, skills and values.


  • A good general standard of education including minimum of English and Maths at grade C/4 at GCSE/O Level
  • Relevant qualification in appropriate field of mental health or wellbeing would be advantageous.
  • Mental Health First Aid certificate; stress management or other, also advantageous

Essential Experience and Skills

  • Capacity to use initiative and to cope with the unexpected
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • An affinity with 16-19-year-olds
  • Capacity to remain calm when dealing with students and parents/carers seeking help with problem solving and emotional issues.
  • A good understanding of common mental health issues
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective time management skills to juggle competing demands in a busy work environment.
  • Understanding and management of setting appropriate professional boundaries with 16–19-year-olds.

Essential Personal Qualities

  • Empathy and willingness to help solve problems.
  • Be proactive and self-starting and able to manage their own time efficiently.
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Well organised and self-motivated
  • Initiative and continuous desire to improve.
  • Willingness to engage in relevant training.
  • Friendly, approachable, compassionate in nature


  • Experience in a student facing role.
  • Experience in safeguarding young people.

What the school offers its staff

Health and Wellbeing Benefits

  • Access to the College gym staffed by a Personal Trainer
  • Free Flu jabs, access to NHS health checks on site and support from a Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
  • Employee Assistance Programme available 24/7 for in the moment support and counselling as well as signposting services
  • In house canteen providing inexpensive and delicious hot and cold food, including a Starbucks and Costa franchise
  • Weekly and termly social activities, including football, choir, outings and summer and Christmas events
  • Cross College mentors for new staff
  • Strong investment in training and development with a dedicated Staff development and wellbeing Lead who support induction, identifies and addresses staff training needs

Financial Benefits

  • Enrolment in well funded schemes with generous Employer contributions
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free car parking and access to onsite EV chargers
  • Financial wellbeing scheme with access to advisory services
  • Discounted gift vouchers
  • Discounts at many high street retailers via a Byond card

Further details about the role


Job Title: Student Wellbeing Practitioner

Line Manager: Health and Wellbeing Manager

Summary of Job

The Student Wellbeing Practitioner plays a vital role in supporting student wellbeing by providing accessible and visible support for students who might present in distress and need immediate support. They will look after a small caseload of identified students in the form of mentoring and provision of low-level mental health interventions. The role also involves triaging wellbeing referrals where problem solving and effective signposting to internal and/or external wellbeing services is required. The Student Wellbeing Practitioner is a key member of the Safeguarding Team.


Provision of Student Wellbeing services

  • To provide front line, accessible support for students who present in crisis or distress and need immediate de-escalation, before signposting next steps.
  • Work with the Health and Wellbeing Manager to develop student wellbeing provision including the triage system and supporting the Wellbeing Hub.
  • Manage a small caseload of referrals for students who require wellbeing support in the form of mentoring, and/or low-level mental health intervention e.g. anxiety coping skills, education around self-care, sleep hygiene etc. Referrals may come from Student Services, other pastoral staff, students, and parents as appropriate.
  • Run enrichment programmes for groups of students that target a variety of key mental health topics e.g. mindfulness, academic anxiety, resilience.
  • To run the daily student Drop-in Support and Signposting service.
  • Develop and maintain links with external wellbeing services.

Support of Student Wellbeing resources

  • Develop and update wellbeing content on the Health and Wellbeing SharePoint site.
  • Develop and update wellbeing content for the college website including advice and support for parents.
  • Work with the Health and Wellbeing Manager to develop liaison work with parents around mental health and wellbeing.

Member of the Safeguarding Team

  • To act as a College Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Attend regular meetings as a key member of the Safeguarding Team
  • To escalate safeguarding concerns in a timely manner, documenting actions on CPOMS

Additional Responsibilities

  • To actively seek to maintain and extend expertise in appropriate areas and pursue relevant training.
  • To demonstrate an awareness and commitment to safeguarding, equality diversity and inclusion, health and safety and data protection, in line with College policies.
  • To do other tasks as reasonably requested by the Principal from time to time.

Commitment to safeguarding

Godalming College is committed to equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Candidates must complete a College application form, may be subject to online searches and are required to complete a self-declaration of their criminal record/information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. It's a requirement for all successful candidates to apply for an enhanced DBS in addition to referencing & qualification checks. The College’s Safer Recruitment, Data Protection and Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are on our website.

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About Godalming College

School type
Academy, ages 16 to 19
School size
0 pupils enrolled
Age range
16 to 19
Email address
Phone number
01483 411293

Godalming College is one of the best performing 16-19 colleges in the country and a great place to work and study. We are very proud of the achievements of all our students and have a strong track record of consistently high results. Value added scores are excellent and the College was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in our inspection in December 2019.

The College currently employs around 220 teaching and support staff on both a full and part time basis.

The success of Godalming College is also about community with students from all walks of life enjoying a whole range of opportunities in a welcoming and friendly environment. Students enjoy a stimulating, lively and challenging learning and social experience; they are treated as adults by specialist and dedicated teaching and support staff in facilities that have seen major investment over many years.

The campus comprises of nine newer large buildings and our older main building, which was the original grammar school, built in the 1930’s. Since the 2000s there has been a phased refurbishment and expansion of the College which included a new English and Modern Foreign Languages block, Media suite, netball and tennis courts and an 11 acre site for Rugby and Football pitches. We would invite you to take the virtual tour on our website to see for yourself the facilities of which we are so proud.

The College is within walking distance of Godalming town centre and the railway station, is easily accessible from the A3 and provides free car parking with EV charging stations for staff.

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