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Pastoral Support Leader

Bristol Cathedral Choir SchoolBristol

Our pastoral support leaders are an outstanding group of people with a passion to see all young people succeed. In joining this team, you will play a key role in working with a wide range of students with varying degrees of need, to help them navigate and succeed in secondary school.

This job is suitable for someone who is looking for a career in education or working with young people. While experience of working in a similar field or role is preferable it is not essential.  In all cases, training is available for the right candidate who wishes to develop their skill set.

What is essential is the drive and determination that every student shall receive the support they need to be given the best chance to succeed; a person who is confident enough to evaluate current provision, identify areas we can improve and then implement the required improvements will be successful in the position.

About the school

Bristol Cathedral Choir School is an academy that specialises in Music. The academy became part of the Cathedral Schools Trust (a Multi Academy Trust) in 2016. It serves students from all over Bristol and welcomes those of all faiths and none.  We are proud of our diverse, tolerant and respectful community, which reflects Bristol’s demographic.

With a comprehensive intake, students present with a large range of additional educational needs. The proportion of students with an EHCP is well above the national average. Similarly the school welcomes a significant number of children who are looked after or previously looked after.

The Sixth Form has approximately 425 students, many of whom join in Year 12 from other schools. Levels of attainment are high. The majority of students progress to university, including Russell group institutions and Oxbridge.

The ethos and culture of the academy are outstanding. Pupils from a wide and diverse range of backgrounds, faiths, beliefs and values come together in an exceptionally harmonious environment where all are respected, valued and supported to do well.”  Ofsted 2016.

The school received an overall judgement of “Outstanding” from Ofsted in January 2016 and is the most oversubscribed school in Bristol, with a trend of strong results in public examinations at both GCSE and A level.

As part of Cathedral Schools Trust, we are able to offer a coherent and high quality provision of continuing professional development.  This includes a comprehensive programme for newly and recently qualified teachers, as well as catering for more experienced colleagues to support career progression.

Method of application

The supporting statement should be viewed as a letter of application. It should include reference to any appropriate experience you have, your views on education and the challenges students face. Please make reference to how you would apply yourself to supporting our students. This would typically be no longer than one side of A4.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of the vacancy. The person specification will be used for shortlisting purposes.

Further information about the school can be found on our website

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head’s PA, Mimi Johnson, or the Business Manager Charlotte Cox,

Applications should be received by midnight 2nd January 2022

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts at Cathedral Schools Trust are subject to pre-employment checks including, but not limited to, initial and periodic enhanced level checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Cathedral Schools Trust is an equal opportunities employer and recognises the strength in diversity. Our schools have a wide range of cultural, socio economic and religious influences and we use this to ensure that we broaden our understanding of each other and the world.  

Applications are welcome from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or religious belief, sex or sexual orientation, gender reassignment, disability or age, and maternity, marital or civil partner status. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, and in particular welcome those from BAME backgrounds as we recognise that our staff team does not currently reflect the diversity of our student body.

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