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 2017 said that the school was ‘Outstanding’.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory DBS check.

There are currently Vacancies available

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist


  • To see children aged 5 to 18 for one to one counselling / therapy sessions in the school day.
  • To liaise with school staff concerned with a child or young person's care, education and wellbeing.
  • To liaise when required with families, outside agencies and other professionals involved with a child or young person's care.
  • To write reports and attend annual reviews.
  • To attend whole school training days when required.
  • To share in the creation and delivery of training that aims to disseminate therapeutic understanding and knowledge amongst the whole staff team.
  • To be on hand for crisis intervention sessions when available.
  • To attend external supervision on a weekly basis during term-time.
  • To participate in peer supervision in the therapy team and amongst the wider school team when required.
  • As Wilds Lodge essentially functions as a small therapeutic community, working here involves having a flexible and open attitude and taking part in the daily life of the school. All staff including counsellors and therapists regularly have lunch on the house-groups and join the staff team in being out and about and available to talk to the children and young people at break times.

Personal Specification

To be able to:

  • Manage challenging behaviour in children and young people.
  • Help young people to make meaning from their behaviours when they are in the right mindset to do so and to make effective judgements about the timing for this.
  • Form strong and effective relationships with children with social, emotional and behavioural issues.
  • Work closely and cooperatively with colleagues from a variety of professional disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively in both verbal and written form.
  • Assist in the development of professional skills of members of staff.
  • Work flexibly and to be open to change.
  • Work to agreed quality standards as expected by HMI and Ofsted.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equality for all staff and pupils.
  • Be aware of issues around confidentiality when working with children and young people.
  • Work in a challenging environment.
  • Adhere to the ethical boundaries of their accrediting body (UKCP or BACP)
  • Work with information technology.

Essential Requirements

  • A qualification in child and adolescent psychotherapy or counselling.
  • Experience working with children with a high level of social, emotional and behavioural issues.
  • BACP or UKCP accreditation as a child and adolescent counsellor (or shortly to gain this)


  • Competitive salary
  • Includes 14 weeks holiday
  • Training is provided
  • Promotion and Career progression is available


  • Experience in a residential or school setting or ideally both.
  • Experience working with families to support therapeutic work with their children.

For further details, please contact Kirsty Lamb: or 01780 767254.

Therapeutic Care Workers

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 might be just the job for you.

What are your responsibilities?

•   Promote a healthy lifestyle through appropriately stimulating activities

•   Be a caring role model

•   Supporting vulnerable children out in the community and on activities

•   Providing support with personal care needs as outlined in their care plan 

What are the benefits?

•   Training provided

•   Promotion and Career progression

•   From £18,000 with school holidays as part of entitlement

•   Split shifts to include evening and some weekends


What is required?

•   You must have that desire to be successful

•   A true desire and passion to work in Health and Social Care

•   A valid driving license


For further details, please contact Matt Fogg: or 01780 767254.

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

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