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Volunteer Trainee Counsellor

  • From September 2022
  • Unpaid role

The Counselling Service at Sutton High School is evolving, and we are recruiting for a Volunteer Trainee Counsellor to provide therapeutic interventions to our pupils aged 11 – 18 years to start September 2022. This is an unpaid role.

Hours of work: 1 day per week with a minimum of 3 clinical hours per week plus fortnightly supervision, term time only.

The ideal candidate will be attending an accredited psychotherapy or counselling course recognised by UKCP, BACP, BAAT, HCPC and have previous experience of working with children and young people in schools. Additional knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with additional needs would be beneficial. Candidates must be able to work as a member of a team and with culturally diverse families and communities.

The Department

This role will be part of an established Pastoral Team that includes 6th form Peer Mentors, two Qualified Counsellors, Heads of Year and Deputy Head. The role of Volunteer Counsellor will be supported by the Head of Counselling throughout the duration of the placement. Referrals will be assessed and referred by the Head of Counselling and fortnightly clinical supervision will be provided. 


About the School

Sutton High School is an Independent Girls Day school in Surrey. We have been educating and inspiring girls for over 135 years. In that time, we have developed a strong sense of who we are and what we stand for. We cherish our excellent reputation, and we are always moving forward to create an unrivalled experience for our school community. Our school is vibrant and diverse, and our girls are proud to be part of our energetic and forward-thinking community. At the heart of our offer are the core values of courage, truth, and joy.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included

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