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Pastoral and Engagement Lead




Coxlease School, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7DE

Priory Group Division

Education & Children's Services

Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£25,375 per annum


37.5 per week - Term Time Only

Job Advert Role Description

Aspris Children’s Services (an independent company which was formally Priory Education and Children’s Services) is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of specialist care and education for a reason. We recruit some of the most committed people the sector.

As the Pastoral and Engagement Lead, you will take the lead role in providing high quality and effective safeguarding and pastoral support across the school, working holistically with the SLT team to ensure that appropriate plans and strategies are in place to support pupils.

We require the person to improve and lead external engagement, including the development of our virtual learning platform and marketing strategies to increase communication and engagement with the wider community.

Based at Coxlease School, based in the heart of the new forest is an ‘Outstanding’ school which caters for pupils with Emotional, Social and Mental Health needs (ESMH), and who can present with significantly challenging behaviours.

Key duties to include:


  • Manage the pastoral care team, ensuring that they are working in unison with the teaching and support staff to provide effective support for pupils.
  • Work alongside the personal development internal team to curate whole school improvement strategies directly related to impact.
  • Liaise closely with school staff to ensure that everyone understands and supports the strategies being used by the pastoral lead to develop pupils’ skills for learning and learning behaviour.
  • Contribute to the identification of barriers to learning for individual children and provide them with a range of strategies for overcoming barriers in line with ProAct Skip.
  • Meet with pupils who have concerns, ensuring that matters are addressed and acted upon.
  • Lead the school council, working alongside the SLT to action ideas/comments.
  • Directly contribute to clinical services, ensuring strategies/outcomes are cascaded to other staff.
  • Cascade and feed in information from SLT, ensuring the briefings/de-briefs take place on a day-to-day basis.

Pupil Wellbeing:

  • Take a lead role in developing and implementing practices which reflect the school’s commitment to positive behaviour and emotional well-being.
  • Contribute to school’s positive behaviour policy.
  • Work with the PSD lead to enhance the delivery of the curriculum in this area, reflecting the schools own issues.
  • Deliver interventions to groups or individuals, to meet their needs.

Admissions and Transition:

  • Support the pastoral transition of new pupils and those who are entering a new group/key stage.
  • To be a point of contact with parents/carers in relation to pastoral care and behaviour matters.
  • Attend Senior Leadership Team or staff meetings as required.

The role will also require DSL training, which will then include:

  • Working with the schools safeguarding leads to implement actions related to safeguarding concerns and matters.
  • Liaising with social workers and other relevant support agencies to ensure that all families, vulnerable children and young people receive the care and protection they require.
  • Ensure that all child protection plans are maintained and implemented.
  • Attend internal and multi agency meetings.
  • Meet regularly with the designated line manager to report on progress of identified pupils.
  • Advise school staff on safeguarding matters.

Aspris is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service

What do you get in return?

  • A generous salary
  • Being part of a company that invests in you and your team for personal and professional development
  • Reward and discount schemes
  • Pension
  • Enhanced DBS fee paid
  • Access to a holiday package
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Wellbeing support.


Division DBS info


For all roles we require a minimum of two references.  References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references may be requested prior to interview for roles within our schools.

About us

Our UK specialist schools, colleges, children’s homes and fostering agency provide the highest standards of support to children with a range of needs. This includes autism, learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties and supporting some of society’s most vulnerable children. With a large national footprint, as well as education services in the Middle East, this also offers significant and exciting development and progression opportunities for our staff.


Aspris Education & Children's Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Aspris Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.


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