Job Details

Pastoral Manager Secondary

Location:          Wetheringsett Manor School, Stowmarket, Suffolk

Salary:              Up to £20, 000 dependent on experience

Hours:              40 hours per week / term time only


We now have a fantastic opportunity for an exceptional person to join our close-knit team at Wetheringsett Manor School to make a significant difference to our young people.


About the School

Wetheringsett Manor School is a new independent day SEMH School for up to 66 pupils aged 11-19. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

Wetheringsett Manor School site is currently going through significant refurbishment and is based in Suffolk, East Anglia. The Manor House is located in 17 acres of parkland with wooded boundaries and sits on the edge of the village of Wetheringsett. The accommodation also provides several other buildings including a converted stable block, a cottage and two industrial units.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build conīŦdence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Education and Care Group and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Education and Care provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

We are looking at someone to guide our already fantastic staff to better support pupils in their learning in school. This varied job ranges from operational responsibility and organisation to analysis of trends to dealing with our pupils on the front line.

Your time will be divided between working with pupils directly and working with staff to get the best out of every learning opportunity.

You will have a sense of humour, be resilient and you will be someone that pupils can turn to support them through difficult times.

We want the young people to retain as much responsibility over their lives as possible and develop over time. We want to create safe and nurturing environments for our children and young people and you will support us in ensuring the physical, emotional and personal care needs of the children are met.


Who we are looking for?

We are looking for people with the belief that they can make positive changes.

You will be a responsible, friendly and thoughtful individual who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives. You will ideally understand some of the challenges that you could be faced with as it will be a challenging yet rewarding role.

We need someone who can be a role model, work well within a team, has great communication skills, can manage their workload and be prepared for the varying difficulties the role may present.

Purpose of the Job

The aim of the role is to support and promote a positive, caring environment which focuses upon and addresses the needs of each individual child or young person.

The role exists to guide all staff in the support approaches most successful for the inclusion of young people in the classroom to ensure that continuous learning is achieved during learning phases in the school.  

To provide direct support to young people in crisis and who require additional care throughout the school day and to oversee and contribute to the wider planning around the holistic development of young people in the long term.

To work alongside the Headteacher and Head of Education to implement strategies, processes and approaches that are in fitting with the schools approach.


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Employee Rewards Hub

The position is due to commence after October half term (subject to approved reference/DBS checks). 

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply, please contact the recruitment team on 01204 558055 or email Alternatively, you can contact David Bishop, Headteacher at Wetheringsett Manor School on 07423707438 or email

Acorn Education and Care are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.