Job Description

Wellington College has an exciting opportunity available for a Head of Student Emotional Health and Welfare to join their team. You will join on a permanent basis and in return we will offer you a competitive salary.

About the role:

The Head of Student Emotional Health and Wellbeing is responsible for leading and developing a service that ensures every student at Wellington College in need has access to the most appropriate and highest quality care available. Although the role may include the delivery of certain therapeutic interventions (depending upon the skills and experience of the successful candidate) the primary focus of the role is in ensuring that students who need support with their emotional and mental health receive the best possible care. The Head of Student Emotional Health and Wellbeing will help shape the strategy around the continued development of welfare management at the College.

Key responsibilities of our Head of Student Emotional Health and Welfare:

  1. Welfare management
  • Management and oversight of pastoral issues using MyConcern software, reporting daily on developments to the core team and weekly to teaching staff.
  • Reporting on patterns and trends with both mental health and mental illness within the student population at the College
  • Line management of the College counselling service
  • Possibility of delivering some therapeutic work, depending on specialism
  • Meetings with key personnel (e.g. HMs, Counselling team members, Academic support) to ensure that the needs of students of concern are being met.
  • Close liaison with the Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Alongside the Health Centre nurse team, being available to triage students in crisis when the need arises
  • Lead in the development of a ‘Wellbeing App’ for students.
  1. Leadership
  • Lead on the education provision within the College surrounding pupil mental health and mental illness (for pupils, staff and parents)
  • Working with the Head of Wellbeing, collaborate on initiatives to extend the reach of the well-being curriculum into other areas of College life
  • Depending on experience, providing supervision for colleagues
  • Helping to shape the strategy for provision of the promotion of mental health and the treatment of mental illness at the College
  1. Outreach
  • Working with the Admissions team, provide support and education around the transition process.
  • Run student mental health education and lead on pupil voice in this area, including the overseeing of the student mental health webpage
  • Oversea the Parent mental health committee
  • To continue to develop the mental health initiatives that have been set up within the College to support student wellbeing

What we are looking for in our Head of Student Emotional Health and Welfare:


  • Psychological therapy qualification and registered as a practitioner with an appropriate professional body e.g. BACP, UKCP, HCPC OR Significant pastoral experience and strong record of CPD in Mental and Emotional Health
  • Experience working with young people
  • Delivery of education and training
  • Proven track record of leading change
  • People management skills
  • Experience in delivering mental health interventions
  • Self-starter with a strong ability to innovate
  • Working with Microsoft Office, IT skills
  • Affinity and alignment with the College Values


  • Awareness of Safeguarding requirements and good practice within an educational setting
  • Experience of delivering supervision to colleagues
  • Experience of working in an educational environment

If you think you’ve got what it takes and would like to join our team as a Head of Student Emotional Health and Welfare, please click ‘Apply’ now.

The College reserves the right to vary or amend the duties and responsibilities of the post holder at any time according to the needs of the College’s business.

In exceptional circumstances, the Post holder will be required to undertake other duties and responsibilities of a similar post in order to support workload peaks, skill shortages, to ensure priorities are met. This will be sensitive to available resources and individual skills and will be generally in the same area.

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

All employees are required to ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the Colleges’ Health and Safety Policy. They should take reasonable care for their own Health and Safety and that of others who may be affected by what they do or do not do. Staff should correctly use work items provided by the College, including personal protective equipment in accordance with training and instruction.