Designated Safeguarding Officer

High Street Primary Academy

Reach South Academy Trust is seeking to appoint an exceptional Designated Safeguarding Officer to join the school in September 2020.

Post:                           Designated Safeguarding Officer

Start Date:                  September 2020

Location:                    High Street Primary Academy, Stonehouse, Plymouth, PL1 3SJ

Salary Range:            Grade F - £26,317 rising to a maximum of £28,785 pro rata per annum

Hours/Contract:         Term time only, Part-time, Temporary contract until 31 August 2021: 35 hours per week, 39 weeks per year

The Role: High Street Primary Academy is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed Designated Safeguarding Officer to join our team. As the designated lead for safeguarding, you will be required to take the day-to-day responsibility for ensuring that you identify and respond appropriately to any concerns relating to children’s safety and well-being. You will take the lead on responding to information that may constitute a child protection concern and inform the strategic designated safeguarding lead of your actions. This will include, assessing and clarifying the information, making referrals to children’s social care, consulting with and informing the relevant members of staff within the school and Reach South Academy Trust.

The Person:  This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated, self-sufficient, dynamic and very well organised individual to be part of a fast-growing team. You will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and be able to adapt your communication style to a diverse range of audiences. You will liaise with parents/carers when appropriate to do so.

We are looking for people who have the following experience and qualities:

  • Ability to work with a range of people with the aim of ensuring the safety and welfare of children

  • Awareness of local and national agencies that provide support for children and their families

  • Excellent record keeping skills and attention to detail, in order to produce reports, take minutes of meetings, and document safeguarding concerns

  • Good IT skills, including previous use of CPOMS or other online Safeguarding systems

  • Experience of handling sensitive data and upholding the principles of confidentiality

  • Awareness of, and compliance with, policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection

  • Ability to build effective working relationships with staff and other stakeholders

  • Understand the assessment process for providing early help and intervention

  • Encourage a culture of listening to children among all staff, ensuring that children’s feelings are heard where the school puts measures in place to protect them

School Background:  High Street Primary School is a popular and successful primary school. We were founded in 1894 and we have a great history. There is a strong family atmosphere in our school, the children feel safe and cared for.

Trust Background:  Reach South is a young and developing Trust which operates across the South West of England with the aim of delivering all through 3-19 education.  We operate 14 academies in Plymouth, Bournemouth, Dorset and Wiltshire.

We are building this Trust on a clear set of values, behaviours and curriculum principles. At the heart of those values and principles is a belief in our young people and a determination to support them to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become the successful citizens for today and all of their tomorrows. Our vision is to enable individual academies to flourish with curriculum autonomy, within a consistent framework of a metacognition focused pedagogy.  We are committed to collaboration with other schools, MATs, colleges, Local Authorities, employers and Government to bring the widest benefit to young people and our staff.


Our core business is delivering exceptional education for children and young people with a mission to help all pupils aspire to achieve beyond the expectations that others put on them.  We do this through the development of a talented and committed work force. In order to deliver exceptional opportunities for learning, we need highly motivated staff across all parts of the organisation.

Further Information: So if you think this role may be for you and want to be involved at this exciting time in our development, please get in touch by emailing Stephanie Blake at for further information.


Job Description:  Designated Safeguarding Officer Job Description


To Apply:  Please send a completed application form (below) to 


Closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 9 August 2020 at 12 Noon. The Trust reserves the right to close the job vacancy on receipt of sufficient applications without notification.   It is therefore vital that should you wish to apply for this post that you submit your application as soon as possible.


Interview Date:  Interviews will be held on the week commencing 24 August 2020.


Opportunities and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary great career progression and development opportunities with many other benefits.



Application Form

Prospective Applicant Letter

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Each post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Reach South Academy Trust has an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete and return the Equal Opportunities Monitoring form.  Please note the information you provide in this section of the form will stay confidential, and be stored securely and limited to only the Trusts Human Resources team and used for monitoring purposes only.

Telephone: 01752 987060



Reach South Academy Trust

c/o UTC Plymouth

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Reach South Academy Trust is an exempt charity in England and Wales. Company number: 10151730