School Counsellor Required: Portsmouth, Hampshire


Portsmouth Grammar School

  • Closing Date: Mon, Jan 23, 2023
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Category: Support
  • Job Type/Time: Permanent / Part Time


The Portsmouth Grammar School is a leading co-educational school located in the historic heart of Portsmouth.

We have a vacancy for a School Counsellor to join our pastoral team on a part-time basis. We welcome applications from well qualified and experienced candidates and would be particularly interested to hear from candidates who can offer an interest or specialism in Education Mental Health.

The role is primarily to provide one to one counselling to pupils, to maintain appropriate records and liaise regularly with the Senior Deputy Head and Health and Wellbeing Centre Nurses and with other school staff, including Heads of Year, and external professionals as necessary.

The role is based in the Health and Wellbeing Centre, which provides medical care, first aid and health and wellbeing support to all pupils at PGS, from the Pre-School pupils from age 2 and a half to the Sixth Form students up to age 18. It also offers support to the wider school community, including staff.

The Health and Wellbeing Centre is a new and extremely well-equipped facility on the main school site. It is staffed by two School Nurses, two Health Care Assistants and two School Counsellors, all of whom work part-time. The Senior Deputy Head has overall line management responsibility for the Health and Wellbeing Centre.

This is a part time role for 24 hours per week during published school terms, including Professional Development Days. The exact work pattern will be discussed further at interview and will include a Monday and a Tuesday each week. There is some flexibility to work across three or four days each week. Where staff work a full day, working hours include a 30 minute unpaid lunchbreak. Annual leave should be taken during PGS school holidays and not during the school terms.

Some flexibility is required for the post-holder to attend Professional Development Days (INSET) which are scheduled throughout the school year and to be available to attend relevant training or meetings on other dates during the year. Where additional hours are worked in order to attend these sessions (in addition to the contracted hours of the role), overtime may be claimed via timesheets.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate;

  • Qualification at Post-graduate Diploma, Degree or Masters level in Counselling or Psychotherapy, which is BACP accredited
  • Therapeutic training or experience in working with children and young people. Experience of cognitive behavioural therapy would be welcomed
  • A good understanding of the developmental, emotional, social and educational issues of children and young people
  • The ability to work closely with relevant school staff and external agencies to support pupils
  • The capacity to balance confidentiality with the need for information sharing in a school setting
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development and a willingness to undertake all training required by the school including safeguarding training


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