Personal Mentor, Kingston upon Thames

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Surbiton High SchoolKingston upon Thames
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Start date: April 2018/September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

To provide 1:1 support to pupils in the Senior School

Surbiton High School is part of United Learning, a large and growing group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England. Schools within United Learning work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our intranet site, United Hub, is just one example of how we share resource and communicate across sites, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance. We reward our staff: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately the satisfaction of supporting schools in their quest to give every child the opportunity to succeed and reach their full potential.

Key Responsibilities:

• To support pupils in developing strategies to enhance well-being and to develop coping strategies

• To work with pupils who are in need of more support than can currently be provided by tutors and Heads of Year. This may include pupils who:

• have low attendance

• lack of self-confidence, self-esteem or motivation

• are failing to achieve their full potential

• have behavioural or emotional difficulties

• have personal difficulties

• To develop one-to-one mentoring relationships with pupils

• To meet with each pupil for one registration and one 1:1 session per week or more as required

• To develop action plans for pupils and monitor their progress

• To work closely with parents to understand the whole picture of the pupil’s life

• To work closely with teachers, tutors and the Learning Enrichment Team to ensure everyone understands and supports the strategies being used to promote learning and personal development.

• As required, to help pupils re-integrate into School following periods of absence

• To provide support for pupils with eating disorders

• To carry out any such duties as may be reasonably requested


The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

• Have an understanding of the nature of emotional needs of young women and the skills and habits required to succeed

• Have a strong feeling of empathy towards the pupils

• Good communication and listening skills

• A confident and positive outlook

• A flexible and creative approach to solving problems

• The ability to interact with people and work as part of a team

• High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality

• Personal warmth to gain the confidence and trust of pupils, staff and parents

• High standards of personal presence and presentation and attention to detail

• Ability to communicate concisely and sensitively, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences

• Commitment to the school ethos of promoting the best in everyone

• A healthy sense of humour


Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email


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