Student Support Worker and Operational Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Operational Designated Safeguarding Lead (ODSL)


Salary: CAN scale point 31 (£32,533 FTE, £28,516 Actual Pro-rata) for 36 hours per week, term time plus 12 days (200 working days per annum).


The hours of work are between 8.00am - 4.00pm each day, with time for meetings / evening sessions outside of these hours as required, amounting to 1 hour each week.


This is a non-teaching post which will give the successful candidate an excellent opportunity to work closely with young people supporting them in their school life.  


The role is varied and responsible and is line managed by the Leadership member with responsibility for student support in the school.  


This is a critical role in ensuring that students receive appropriate support to enable them to develop with the school environment and beyond.  The Student Support Worker will work closely with the designated Leadership member and provide practical support for aspects of their role.


The student support aspect involves 1:1 and group support to students experiencing particular pastoral challenges, be they related to, for example, their mental health or prior trauma.  The successful applicant will work with students who need targeted support work, often tailored to their individual needs, to help them cope with the expectations of school life as well as with any individual pressures that may apply from beyond the school gates.  These students could be from any of the school year groups though referrals tend to be more in the older year groups, KS4 and 5. 


You will be part of the pastoral support team, working with school Leadership and in partnership with pastoral and, on occasion, curriculum-based staff. 


This work will be split with safeguarding work, where the successful applicant will directly respond to safeguarding concerns with students, ensuring that they are appropriately addressed and that child protection procedures are followed to ensure best possible outcomes. 


This is a complex and important role which involves extensive collaborative work with school staff and external agencies. The role brings great potential to make an enormous positive impact in the lives of young people and on the school community.


Please note that applications MUST be submitted on a school application form; CVs are not accepted. There is the potential for salary progression. Training is provided.


Application on the school application form to the Headteacher, Mr P Naudi asap and by

9am Tuesday 20th April 2021 at the latest.


Please note that we reserve the right to call suitable applicants for interview prior to the closing date and if a successful appointment is made, close the advertisement early. You are therefore encouraged to submit your application without delay.



Cheam High School, Chatsworth Road, Cheam, Surrey SM3 8PW 

Tel:  020 8644 5790

Email:; Website:




Cheam High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. As such, the successful applicant will be required to undertake a criminal record check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Cheam High School is an equal opportunities employer.

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