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Director of Pastoral Care

The Yehudi Menuhin Schoolcobham, surrey

The Director of Pastoral Care will be a member of the Leadership Team (LT) with specific responsibility for day-to-day running of pastoral affairs of the School. Reporting to the Head, the Director of Pastoral Care will take an active role in all Senior Leadership Team strategic planning and decision making. Alongside the Director of Music, Bursar, Director of Studies and Development Director, he or she may be asked to deputise for the Head in his absence, and will assume responsibility for many of the routine operations of the School. The post requires extensive organisational skills, and a willingness and ability to adapt to the various and many challenges in this vibrant multicultural specialist music community.

As the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, the Director of Pastoral Care is responsible for all matters relating to safeguarding, including the training of staff and governors as required. In this role, the Director of Pastoral Care is supported by two Deputy DSLs.

In lieu of a formally designated teaching timetable, the Director of Pastoral Care will also be a Boarding Houseparent of Music House (the girls’ boarding house), in which capacity he or she will be supported by a team of resident and non-resident boarding staff. He or she may be required to undertake occasional teaching duties as required by the School, and will be expected to oversee and contribute to the PSHCEE programme.

This is a key role in the life of this specialist music school, in which the provision of warm and supportive pastoral care is an indispensable element of the atmosphere and ethos. A sense of humour is essential, as are an interest in the performing arts, and an empathy with the concerns and issues which affect the lives of young musicians.

Early applications are encouraged, and the School reserves the right to close the application process early should a suitable candidate be found.

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