Student Support Officer

Updated: Nov 25

Leeds West Academy

Grade: C1 - Actual Salary £19,803 to £21,865

Hours: 37 hours per week, term time only plus 10 days

Accountable to: Behaviour Leader


Leeds West Academy is a school with a remarkable sense of community and a strong and safe culture, a place where staff and students can thrive. As judged by Ofsted as ‘Good’ in May 2019, teaching is strong and the support we provide for our students and staff is unrivalled. Since 2016, results have improved year-on-year, and are now consistently above national averages in most areas. In 2022, our students secured the best results in the school’s history. In short, there is no better time to join Leeds West Academy, as a colleague, a leader or as a student.

Leeds West Academy is a fabulous place to work, accommodated in £30 million pound world-class facilities which opened in late 2011. As part of the White Rose Academies Trust (a member of the Luminate Education Group), we have a strong reputation of being a caring and supportive organisation. The academy also benefits from an exceptional in-house Trust CPD programme, driven by the latest in educational research, focused on the development of all professionals in the organisation at each career stage. Colleagues train with us, grow with us and progress with us.


Reporting to the Behaviour Leader, you will work in a number of areas related to Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare to contribute to the day-to-day procedures within the academy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To consistently promote and uphold the academy behaviour policy, in keeping with academy values

  • To supervise and support students, ensuring access to learning, encouraging independence and positive behaviour

  • Support with the development and implementation of Individual Education/Behaviour Plans and Personal Care programmes

  • To establish productive working relationships with students, acting as a role model, providing support, encouragement, guidance and assistance for learning, being aware of and responding appropriately to individual needs

  • To encourage students to reflect on their behaviour and to accept responsibility for their actions, advocating restorative processes where appropriate

  • To be a member of the on call duty team, attending lessons where support is needed

  • To encourage effective learning and promote high standards of achievement, behaviour & discipline

  • To promote the inclusion and acceptance of all students, seeking appropriate and impactful methods to support students in improving their behaviour

  • To be aware of student problems/progress/achievements and report to the relevant member of staff

  • To undertake and maintain regular student record keeping, including logging behaviour incidents/attendance issues on Arbor/Behaviour Watch

  • To establish constructive relationships with parents/carers, exchanging information, facilitating their support for their child’s attendance, behaviour and access to learning

  • To be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

  • To be aware of and support difference and ensure all students have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

  • To appreciate and support the role of other professionals

  • To attend relevant meetings as required

  • To participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required

  • To assist with the supervision of students out of lesson times, including before and after school and at lunchtimes

  • To occasionally provide supervision of the students within the internal seclusion room, ensuring that they work productively, independently and safely and that all seclusion room procedures are adhered to

  • To accompany teaching staff and students on visits, trips and out of the academy activities as required

  • Fulfil any other reasonable request as defined by the Principal

Part of White Rose Academies Trust, Leeds West Academy is accelerating on a thrilling journey, which will ultimately see the school, its staff and its students, secure an Ofsted rating of ‘World Class’.   

We're securing our 2025 vision for ‘World Class’ by growing our family of exceptional education professionals; dedicated specialists and passionate leaders with the shared goal of transforming future prospects for the next generation of West Yorkshire. 

We provide exceptional life training; harnessing the skills and fortifying the aspirations of young people, who we know will transform the region and provide a positive, progressive contribution to society. 

White Rose Academies Trust is a local trust dedicated to raising and fulfilling the ambitions of young people. Our academies throughout Leeds are at the heart of the communities they serve, which is why we are committed to delivering an outstanding education to every one of our students. 

The trust currently employs over 500 outstanding professionals who are committed to unlocking the potential of the next generation. Our CPD Programme is focused on innovation, leadership development and delivery of excellence for vulnerable groups. Our Beginner Teacher Programme is amongst the best in the region. We are on a significant journey which will see all of our schools Ofsted rated as World Class within five years.

White Rose Academies Trust is a member of Luminate Education Group, other members include Harrogate College, Keighley College, Leeds City College and Leeds Conservatoire. The Group provides expertise, international networks and highly desirable employability prospects within education and beyond. 

Closing Date: Wednesday 7th December 2022 at 12 noon

Shortlisting Date: Wednesday 7th December 2022

Interview Date: w/c 12th December 2022

Start Date: As soon as possible

For more information, please visit our website at

To apply, please complete the application form and return to by the closing date. Please note we are unable to accept CV’s.

White Rose Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students and expects all staff and volunteers to share the commitment. Appointments will be subject to Safer Recruitment Procedures and an enhanced DBS check.

Please note this role will involve contact with children and you will be engaging in regulated activity. It is an offence to apply for the role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.

We promote diversity and want a workforce which reflects the population of Leeds. Applications are welcome from all, irrespective of sex, sexuality, race, religion, marital status, age or disability.


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