School Counsellor

Pay Range: Grade D - £9,191 – £11,203
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract Type: 15 hours a week, term time – flexible days
Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 22/05/2022

We are looking for a qualified counsellor to provide a counselling service within William Edwards School. We are looking for a compassionate, resilient and understanding counsellor to provide support to our children with emotional and mental health issues. This promises to be a very rewarding role working within a highly supportive and experienced inclusion team. Working under the direction of the SENCo, the Counsellor will provide a vital service to our children. A caring and nurturing approach is essential, along with a commitment to and enthusiasm for the welfare of young people and child protection.

This is a new role within the Pastoral Department, which will build upon the strong foundations set up by our existing Pastoral Team. The team report directly to a Deputy Headteacher/SENDCo and is vastly experienced and central to our work in supporting pupils.


Why William Edwards School?

William Edwards is a large, successful, harmonious and thriving mixed 11-16 comprehensive school. Pupil outcomes across the school are historically strong. However, life at William Edwards is about so much more than just GCSE outcomes and we understand and value the importance of pupil-centred education.

Following the school’s most recent inspection in May 2019, Ofsted said that “pupils who spoke to inspectors were effusive about their experience in school” and that “the pastoral system offers high quality support on a daily basis”. They added that “behaviour around the school is calm”.



This is an exciting time to join SWECET as the Trust has recently grown to 6 schools with the opening of the new Orsett Heath Academy. SWECET is a realistic and forward-thinking Trust which genuinely values its workforce.

In return for their dedication to achieving our vision, we offer our colleagues:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Full and comprehensive induction with training and tailored pathways for individual career progression
  • Reduced gym membership at a Trust school
  • Becoming part of a growing organisation
  • A health and wellbeing package
  • A two week October half term.


To discuss the role further, or arrange a visit please contact the Trust’s recruitment team on [email protected].


Please return your letter of application and completed form to:

HR Department

c/o William Edwards School

Stifford Clays Road



RM16 3NJ

Email [email protected]


South West Essex Community Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants for this post must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including reference checks with previous employers and an enhanced DBS check with the Disclosure & Barring Service.