School Counsellor, New Barnet, Greater London

Closing date:Expiring soon

Jewish Community Secondary SchoolNew Barnet, Greater London

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019 or sooner by negotiation
Contract type: Full Time / Part Time
Salary: by negotiation
Contract term: Permanent

Salary – by negotiation

Hours – 1-1 ½ days per week (6-9 hours) by negotiation, term time only

Required September 2019 or sooner by negotiation

Closing Date: 9am Tuesday 25th June

Interviews: Monday 1st July, however we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.


Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes. 

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again.  Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition.  The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.

Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results and have consistently achieved a ALPS Grade 2 at KS5 and Grade 2/3 at KS4. Our 2018 figures were typical: over 40% of GCSE grades were at Grade 7 (A) or higher, and well over a quarter of our students achieved 8 Grade 7/A grades or better.  We have averaged +0.4 for Progress 8 in the three years to date, and have been an SSAT Top 10% school for achievement and progress for the last two years.  At A level (also typical) 67% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes were at Distinction or better.  13 students have secured offers from Oxbridge this year, and we regularly send students to Medicine and Vet Science courses too; the great majority of students go to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities.  

Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development.  Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new teaching staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes, and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities.  Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term.  Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff*. We offer a huge number of wellbeing initiatives and try to find something for everyone. Please see our website to see what we currently do: https://jcoss.org/recruitment/staff-wellbeing-at-jcoss

* (Children, Jewish and non-Jewish, of JCoSS staff who have a permanent contract of employment and have completed two years of service on the last day of the summer term of the academic year prior to application)

Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt.  It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance.  We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.

This Role: We require a School Counsellor to work 1-1 ½ days per week, term time only (6-9 hours). The role will be to provide high quality 1:1 counselling to JCoSS students and staff, thus contributing to the safeguarding, welfare and wellbeing of the whole JCoSS community.  The school has a deserved reputation for promoting mental health and has pioneered initiatives to develop wellbeing. Students and families are receptive and appreciative of this counselling offer which is fully embedded into the life and pastoral systems of the school. 

To Apply: Please complete the JCoSS non-teaching Application Form, which can be found on the Recruitment page of our website https://jcoss.org/recruitment/vacancies 

Please include a statement of application explaining how your experience to date makes you suitable for this post and how you meet the criteria identified in the Person Specification. 

Note that we do not shortlist from CV alone. 

JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.   

For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on recruitment@jcoss.barnet.sch.uk or 020 8344 2220  

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email and only shortlisted candidates may receive feedback.



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Voluntary Aided
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Denomination: Jewish
Address: Castlewood Road, New Barnet, Hertfordshire, EN4 9GE, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 8344 2220
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Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.    

Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be li...