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Assistant Head Pastoral

The King's School, ChesterCheshire West and Chester

The Position  

The Assistant Head Pastoral’s main role is to work with the Deputy Head Pastoral (DHP) to promote the welfare and wellbeing of all pupils in the Senior School, in line with the strategic objective of ‘every student known valued and cared for’. More specifically, the Assistant Head Pastoral has responsibility for all operational aspects of the Senior School house system, leads on issues of discipline and anti-bullying procedures and has oversight of diversity and inclusion (both in the Senior School). The role reports directly to the Deputy Head Pastoral.   

Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities 

• To work closely with the DHP and relevant staff to ensure excellent pupil conduct, behavioural standards and appearance in the Senior School

• To assist in the implementation of all aspects of the Behaviour Policy, particularly discipline issues and the issuing of sanctions following investigation where necessary, and lead on the school’s praise system 

• To line-manage of the Heads of Houses and chair Heads of House meetings

• To manage pastoral issues raised above Heads of Houses (in collaboration with the DHP)   

• To be Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) for the Senior School and support the DHP in working with external agencies for looked after children

• To lead on anti-bullying procedures with responsibility for the Anti-Bullying Policy

• To maintain records on the pastoral monitoring of students and support the Deputy Head Pastoral in the production of pastoral data for termly review at SLT 

• To work closely with the Deputy Head Operations to ensure effective communication of relevant information to pupils via tutors 

• To co-ordinate the termly assembly programme  

• To co-ordinate the termly programme of tutor time activities, ensuring it complements the school’s values, PSHE programme and current priorities as determined by the whole school pastoral development group and online safety group

• To provide oversight and co-ordination of the house activity and competitions programme in liaison with the Deputy Head Operations 

• To lead on the organization of the Fifths leavers’ event in the Summer Term

• To line manage the Diversity and Inclusion Co-ordinator and have SLT oversight of this area     

• To be a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Pastoral Board, Pastoral Development Group and Safeguarding Group (across all three schools)

• To allocate and determine House tutor teams in liaison with the Director of Studies 

• To lead on monitoring student attendance in close liaison with the Heads of House 

• To work closely with the DHP in providing specific support to bursary students as necessary

• To have oversight of all forms of Pupil Voice, including the facilitation and support of the School Council, gaining feedback as appropriate to support decision making and policy   

• To lead on the induction of students who join the school at non-standard entry points

Please note that there is likely to be some adjustment of specific responsibilities within the role to suit the strengths of the successful candidate. A degree of flexibility in terms of exact responsibilities and accountabilities would be desirable. 


• Energetic and motivational management style

• Ability to lead and work effectively as part of a team

• Resilient, persevering and positive at all times

• Excellent organizational and administrative skills

• Strong communication skills and ability to deal sensitively with staff, parents and students

• A broad knowledge of emotional and social development of children

• Level 3 Working Together to Safeguard Children training to be updated every 2 years 


The Assistant Head Pastoral will have a 15 period per cycle timetable reduction and be placed at an appropriate level on the King’s Leadership pay scale. 

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