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School Counsellor

St. Julian's SchoolLisbon, Portugal

St Julian's School is seeking to appoint a highly-committed and suitably qualified specialist to take on the position of School Counsellor from August 2021. The successful candidate will join our Student Support Team and will work with our existing lead counsellor, focusing on delivering a whole-school approach to well-being and mental health. The role will include working therapeutically with students, staff members and parents.


About St Julian's School

  • We are a well-resourced, successful, non-selective British international school with a reputation for academic excellence, founded in 1932.
  • We currently welcome approximately 1,200 pupils aged 3-18 of more than 50 different nationalities. Our students have been described as "outstanding representatives and ambassadors of the St Julian's School spirit: open, caring, curious" (CIS & NEASC Team Visit Report, November 2018).
  • We offer the English National Curriculum from Nursery to Year 11 and the IB Diploma in Years 12-13, in addition to the Portuguese National Curriculum from 1º to 9º ano.
  • The IBO recently noted “promoting international-mindedness” as a particular strength of our school (IBO DP Evaluation Report, August 2019).
  • At St Julian's, we believe in holistic education and expect our teachers to make active contributions to the pastoral and extra-curricular life of the school.
  • "The teachers and staff enjoy one of the warmest and most supportive professional climates imaginable." (CIS & NEASC Team Visit Report, November 2018).
  • We have been accredited by CIS (Council of International Schools) and NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) since 1998, we are a Member of COBIS and our Head of School is an International Member of HMC (Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference).
  • We value skills-based learning along with meeting the rigorous requirements of the English National Curriculum, International GCSEs and IB Diploma. We seek to constantly improve the provision for learning.
  • St Julian's provides a 1:1 iPad programme for students in KS3 and all students bring their own laptop in KS4 and 5; we use Google Apps for Education as a learning platform.


The successful candidate must:

  • Demonstrate an excellent command of English;
  • Be fully qualified as a school counsellor, psychologist or psychotherapist;
  • Have a proven track record of outstanding practice;
  • Have a growth-mindset looking to continually improve;
  • Be able to engage, motivate and support children, staff and parents;
  • Be a reflective, flexible practitioner with the ability to think creatively and take risks;
  • Have experience offering face to face and online sessions;
  • Have experience facilitating group work;
  • Have an ability to use ICT to support and enhance the counselling process;
  • Have the interpersonal skills needed to work successfully within teams;
  • Have experience working with a wide variety of emotional, social and behavioural needs in children and adolescence;
  • Have prior experience of working in schools alongside pastoral staff.


Desirable experience / skills:

  • Post-training minimum experience of 2 years working with children and adolescents in a school setting;
  • Portuguese language skills;
  • Links to external agencies in Portugal;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to support community members;
  • An interest in, and experience with, working with eating disorders;


We will provide:

  • A competitive salary and benefits package;
  • An initial contract of two years with extension possible;
  • Ongoing Professional Development;
  • A professionally stimulating and collaborative working environment;
  • Monthly clinical supervision with an external provider of the candidate’s choice.


Closing date for applications is Sunday 28th February. Interviews will take place via Zoom in early March 2021. Early applications are strongly encouraged and we reserve the right to appoint prior to the closing date.


St Julian’s School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. As such, all offers of employment are subject to a criminal record check (DBS or equivalent).

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