Vacancies at Wilds Lodge Therapeutic School

Wilds Lodge is a boarding school for boys with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.  Our OFSTED report in January 2018 said that the school was ‘Outstanding’.

Safeguarding Duties and Responsibilities:

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The following is expected of all staff:

  • to uphold the School’s policies relating to safeguarding & child protection, behaviour, Health & Safety and all other relevant policies

  • to promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible, and come into contact with

  • to ensure full compliance with all statutory regulations, in particular Keeping Children Safe in Education, (July 2015/ Sept 2018) communicating concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, other relevant staff of the school or local Children’s Services as appropriate.

All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory DBS check.

Children and Young Person’s Support Worker

Purpose of the Post

To be a member of the residential care team of Wilds Lodge School; working on a house group with up to 20 pupils; and having personal support worker responsibilities for up to 5 pupils; as directed by the team leader.

Children and Young Person's Support Workers are expected to make a real and positive impact to the lives of children who have a range of care needs, as well as life experiences and personalities that makes every day varied and interesting. If you have a caring nature, a natural interest in people and want to make a difference then this just might be the job for you.

Accountable to:

  • The senior care staff and the principal.


Working hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 10:00am, returning at 3:30pm to 10:00pm

  • Friday 8:00am to 10:00am, returning at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

  • Sunday 5:30pm to 10:00pm

An occasional weekend shift on a rota basis


Responsibilities and Duties:

  • To be a member of the care team, involved in all aspects of the effective and safe running of the residential provision of the school.

  • To manage pupil behaviour effectively, under the guidance of the team leaders and in accordance with the school’s policies.

  • To provide and supervise activities for pupils outside the school day.

  • To attend care meetings and other whole school staff meetings.

  • To ensure that the best practice, as described by CSCI,HMI and Ofsted, is fully implemented.

  • To attend whole-school training days (6 per year).

  • To attend and contribute to personal supervision sessions.

  • To liaise effectively with teaching, counselling and other care colleagues.

  • To meet the school’s requirements for assessment, recording and reporting.

  • To have personal support worker responsibility for up to five pupils.

  • To liaise effectively and regularly with parents.

  • To attend annual reviews of the statement and social services statutory reviews for pupils, as required.

  • To liaise with agents of the pacing authorities, as required by the principal or team leader.

  • To contribute to the writing of house development plans for school budget planning.

  • To contribute induction programs for new staff, as required.

  • To contribute to school self–evaluation.

  • To work within the guidance included in the staff handbook.

  • To carry out other reasonable duties, as directed by the principal, within the level of responsibility and commensurate with the grading of the post.


Desirable Experience/Qualifications:

  • Previous experience of working with children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

  • GCSE/O’level or equivalent.

  • A valid driving licence is required as our school is split between two sites.



  • Training is provided

  • Promotion and career progression are available

  • Starting salary is £20,000 (this includes 14 weeks paid school holidays)

  • £2,000 - £3,000 relocation package available


Person Specification:

  • Effectively manage difficult and challenging behaviour in children and young people.

  • Work closely and cooperatively with colleagues from a variety of professional disciplines.

  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.

  • Work flexibly and be open to change.

  • Work to agreed quality standards as expected by CSCI,HMI and Ofsted.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to equality for all staff and pupils.

  • Work with information technology.

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.

  • Work in a challenging environment.

Closing date Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Catering Staff

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Preparation, cooking and baking of food including menu planning and portion control.

  • Correct and safe use of all kitchen equipment.

  • Cleaning and care of kitchen equipment.

  • Clearing and cleaning of all surfaces, including walls and cupboards.

  • Mopping up spillages.

  • Washing up of all pots and pans

  • The post-holder may be required to attend, from time to time, training courses or other meetings as required by his/her own training needs and the needs of the School.


  • Full driving licence

  • A basic knowledge of cooking

  • Basic food hygiene skills

  • The ability to work in a team

  • Good people skills

Working Hours

  • Monday - Friday

  • 8 hours per day between the hours of 7:00am – 5:30pm (For example 7am-4pm, 9am-5pm - flexible hours)

  • 4 weeks holiday plus bank holidays (The post holder will be required to work through school holidays)


  • Hourly rate negotiable depending on experience


  • You must complete an application form. Please use the application form at the bottom of the page.

  • For any further information regarding the post, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Use the application form, and send it completed to or post it to:

Wilds Lodge School, Stamford Road, Empingham, Rutland, LE15 8QQ.

Please view our documents below before applying.