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Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Unified AcademySurrey

Hours:     36 hours per week, Term Time plus 4 weeks

Orchard Hill College (the College) and Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (the Trust) together form Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust (OHC&AT), a family of specialist education providers for pupils and students from nursery to further education across London, Surrey and Sussex. As an outstanding provider and Academy sponsor, Orchard Hill College has a strong track record for making a positive impact within the local communities it serves.

Unified Academy (formerly Chart Wood School) is a special school for boys aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs. Some pupils also have moderate learning and attachment difficulties. This means that pupils struggle to form strong, healthy and sustainable relationships with others and can present with challenging behaviour. All pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Class sizes are small with no more than six pupils in each teaching group. Lessons are carefully planned and take into account the needs, interests and abilities of all pupils so that learning is more purposeful and engaging. Additional support in the classroom is provided by way of classroom assistants who work with pupils to build their confidence and self-esteem whilst also supporting their academic, social and developmental needs.  Pupils have access to Trusted Adults and Speech, Language and Communication Therapy. Additionally, the school has a full time Home School Link Worker (HSLW) who supports families in the management of behaviour, improving their child’s attendance at school and facilitating access to other Health and Social Care services.

Unified Academy adopts a therapeutic approach, allied to the nurture principles, to create a safe and supportive environment where pupils can and do achieve. Pupils follow a personalised programme of study, allied to the national curriculum, that takes into account their strengths and passions and presents their learning in a meaningful, accessible and engaging way. The school works in close partnership with families, the local community and wider stake holders to provide pupils with the holistic support they need to achieve. This approach underpins our ethos supporting each other, achieving together. 

Supporting the Deputy Principal (DSL), you will ensure that all policies, procedures and systems are in place to promote the welfare and protection of all pupils attending the school and to support vulnerable families.

You will work closely with parents, carers and class teachers through joint planning and monitoring of their safeguarding arrangements and to secure good outcomes for the pupils. You will take part in Child Protection Conferences and Planning & Review meetings, working closely with colleagues in statutory agencies such as Children’s Services.

The successful candidate will maintain confidentiality and sensitivity at all times. You will have previous experience gained either within Social Work, an education setting or similar, imparting up to date knowledge of safeguarding and child protection requirements in schools.  

You will be an excellent communicator, both written and verbally, and have the integrity to go above and beyond in fulfilling this role. You will have a natural ability to build relationships easily with children and young people, parents and external agencies and can work effectively both independently and within a team. The job description outlines the main duties for the role, but what is crucial is the ability to listen to pupils and support them through difficult times.

This is a challenging yet rewarding role in which you will add value and contribute fully to school life.  It is essential that you have experience of working with or caring for Children. Working within a school and with children with disabilities is desirable, however not essential.

We can offer:

  • a fantastic team committed to supporting each other, pupils and families 
  • the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and outcomes of our pupils 
  • the opportunity to develop skills and experience within a family of providers;
  • staff and an Executive Board who are highly committed and dedicated to success;
  • support and guidance from Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust

Please send your completed application form to

Please note that CV only applications will not be considered.

Closing Date:   12 Noon, Wednesday 19th May 2021

Interviews to be held during w/c: Monday 24th May 2021

Unified Academy, part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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