Job Details

JOB TITLE:  Pastoral Lead                                             

SALARY:  £20,000 per annum (13 weeks holiday inc)

LOCATION:  Westbourne School, Sutton in Ashfield      

HOURS:  37.5 (8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon – Fri, term-time only)

CLOSING DATE: Thursday 19th September 2019           

INTERVIEW DATE: Tuesday 24th September 2019


Be the Pastoral member you’ve always wanted to be

As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for a Pastoral Lead to join our new specialist Autism and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties provision - Westbourne School. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, come join our team based in Sutton-in-Ashfield. As a brand new school you will have a unique opportunity to help shape a school, implementing communication and behaviour strategies, monitoring its impact and overseeing staff development.


About the role

Throughout this role your aim is to be actively involved in the support and monitoring of student behaviour. You will implement agreed strategies to improve the behaviour of our students and monitor and analyse this behaviour using our online system. You will support and work with our teachers and Senior Leadership Team to provide essential guidance to our SEN pupils who have learning, behavioural, social and physical disabilities. You will build positive relationships with pupils and parents to promote interaction and a constructive learning environment. 

Our team at Westbourne School are encouraged to take a creative approach, seeking ways to positively engage with and motivate pupils through their day, which promotes learning and raises levels of attainment. You will assist with the organisation of a reward system to promote student responsibility and build a purposeful learning environment that meets each individual educational need. We would like you to be a familiar face throughout the school’s community and be a point of call for students, teachers and parents.

As a school, we believe and implement restorative principles, helping pupils to identify the root causes of their behaviour and helping them shape modified responses to stressful and anxiety-provoking situations. You will be expected to train and research restorative ideologies and implement restorative justice as part of the school’s behaviour management processes.


About the school

Westbourne School caters for children aged 11-18 and aims to achieve an occupancy of 49 pupils. We are a new specialist SEN school based in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Located in the original school building, brought right up to date with top class learning and vocational facilities.

We are looking for a great addition to our growing team of staff to be part of a truly unique and exciting opportunity, helping to shape a brand new school and create a truly exceptional learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to access high quality CPD to help pursue your own personal goals.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


       A few reasons we think Westbourne School is a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same.


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who is personable, resilient, organised and determined. You must have experience working within a challenging educational environment and of building relationships with SEN pupils. You must be ICT literate, have excellent communication skills, be organised and able to work on your own initiative.

No two days are the same at Westbourne School. We want people who can work at a pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and are motivated by working with pupils with complex needs. The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour whilst being resilient, using an innovative style of engagement and be motivated by your belief that every child can reach and achieve their potential.

If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and aim to re-engage the young people we teach, we would like to hear from you.


This position will commence as soon as possible (subject to approved references/DBS checks). Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website if you have any further queries regarding how to apply please email

Closing date: Thursday 19th September 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Acorn Care and Education is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people in our care. Successful applicants to appropriate roles will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.