Pupil Supervisor

  • Job title: Pupil Supervisor
  • Job Type: Permanent, Full time, Term time only + 6 days
  • Salary: £21,382 p.a. (£26,347 FTE) depending on qualifications, skills, and experience
  • Department: Senior School
  • Reporting to: Senior School
  • Location: Highgate, London
  • Start: ASAP
  • Closing Date: 29 December 2023 at 5:00 pm
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The Pupil Supervisor role is diverse and rewarding, working with Senior School pupils.  The Pupil Supervisor will be supporting the wellbeing and safety of pupils from Years 7 to 11 particularly outside the classroom, including trips, as well as working closely with the School Office team.


The successful candidate will have previous experience of working with children, a strong commitment to health and safety and be confident about managing groups of children.  It is an expectation that the candidate will wish to become fully involved within the School community and work to reinforce the ethos of the School.


Highgate School was established in 1565 by a Royal Charter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the First. Sir Roger Cholmeley, our Founder, was granted Letters Patent to found ‘a grammar School…for good education and instruction’. Today Highgate is a flourishing coeducational independent School which includes the Senior School for pupils aged 11-18; the Junior School for pupils aged 7-11 and the Pre-Preparatory School for pupils aged 3-7. There are currently in the region of 1,800 pupils at Highgate, and the School employs approximately 550 full-time or part-time teaching and support staff.

The School is situated in one of the most attractive and sought after areas of North London, only a short journey from Central London and adjacent to Hampstead Heath. The hilltop site in Highgate Village is the historic site of the Senior School. A few hundred yards along Hampstead Lane in Bishopswood Road lie the Junior and Pre-Preparatory Schools and the extensive playing fields, adjacent to the open spaces of Kenwood and Hampstead Heath. The Northern Line underground station is a short walk away and it is four miles to Central London.

Working at Highgate offers the opportunity to be part of a vibrant and welcoming community, committed to academic excellence and the highest standards of pastoral care for its pupils. The Governors consider the development of excellence in the education offered to the pupils to be the underlying purpose of activities undertaken by all staff.

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Description


• Undertaking effective, constructive and positive pupil supervision in and around the Senior School site, including recreational areas on the Bishopswood Road site, during break periods, lesson changeover times and occasionally in classrooms
• Assisting with actively maintaining the safety and good order of pupils during lesson transitions between sites including on private or public footpaths
• Undertaking locker room and form room supervision for Lower School
• Escorting pupils across the School site including those with sustained injuries
• Assisting the Welfare staff including the Nurses with the escorting of pupils
• Assisting with maintaining a safe environment including the managing of school bags in corridors and doorways
• Maintaining safe and tidy designated recreational areas and reporting matters of concern to relevant staff
• Taking shared responsibility for health and safety and cleanliness and tidiness of communal areas
• Administering first aid when required on completion of a First Aid at Work course
• Assisting the School with the sorting and processing of lost property, ensuring that belongings are returned to their owners in an efficient and timely manner
• Undertaking the removal of spent displays from around the Senior School as instructed
• Accompanying pupils on authorised off-site trips in line with School needs
• Undertaking tuck shop duties including stock control and effective handling of money
• Assisting with reporting on attendance and registers when necessary
• Maintaining and updating database of pupil locker allocation
• Assisting the School Office and Reception staff with ad hoc administration tasks as require
• Raising with the Heads of Year any pastoral, behavioural or procedural difficulties
• Developing appropriate relationships with pupils including learning their names and being able to recognise and report concerning behaviours
• Reinforcing the values, expectations and behaviours required by the School
• Being a positive and enthusiastic role model to the pupils

These duties and responsibilities are intended as a guide. They are not exhaustive: the Pupil Supervisor will be expected to undertake any reasonable task or responsibility as required.

Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Qualifications /Professional Bodies
  • Essential

    • Educated to A level or equivalent
    • Professional experience of working with and supervising children
    • Demonstrable administrative experience
    • An appropriate knowledge of first aid


    • A First Aid qualification (although training will be given if required)

  • Skills/knowledge
  • Essential

    • An effective communicator who is able to relate well to both pupils and staff
    • Multi-skilled, and able to manage the behaviour of children and organise and maintain safe environments
    • An excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office and Office 365
    • Prioritisation and time management skills
    • A good level of spoken and written English


    • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding policies.
    • Awareness of basic Health and Safety regulations

  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential

    • A warm friendly person
    • A team player who is also able to work individually
    • Medically fit and able to cope with a physically demanding schedule
    • Well motivated, with a track record of commitment, reliability, punctuality
    • An eye for detail, a strong sense of responsibility and the ability to work hard, flexibly, to time
    • Committed to raising standards at the School through professional development, a vision for excellence and working with others
    • Committed to safeguarding children


Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered with a generous 21% employer contribution.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.

Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos

Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 29th December 2023
  • Timing of interviews: w/c 8th January 2024

Contact: The Recruitment Team is happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make reasonable adjustments, please let us know of any disabilities (including neuro-divergence) when you submit your application.


As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy.  If whilst in the post, Highgate becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns to staff, pupils or the community; these will need to be followed up in line with the safeguarding policy and code of conduct which is underpinned by KCSE and other legislation. These concerns may need to be shared with other agencies.  A copy of these policies will accompany all offers of employment. Training will also be provided to all staff to support Safeguarding practice.

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Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities. DBS Privacy Policies

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview. DBS Code of Practice

In accordance with the latest guidance from KCSIE, we shall be conducting online searches on any candidates who are shortlisted.

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