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Safeguarding Officer - Ref: TV55123

Short Heath Federation
Willenhall, West Midlands
Grade G5 £25,119 - £28,770 Pro-Rata to hours worked
Closing date
22 Nov 2023

Job Details

Short Heath Federation


Lane Head Nursery, Rosedale C of E Infant School, Short Heath Junior School

Safeguarding Officer

32½ hrs a week, Term Time Only

Grade G5 £25,119 - £28,770 Pro-Rata to hours worked.


We currently have a fantastic opportunity to join the Short Heath Federation team in the role of

Safeguarding Officer, supporting continuous improvement in safeguarding, and providing support as a Designated Safeguarding Officer

Do you aspire to have a safe and sound environment for both colleagues and learners? Are you a trusted and organised leader with a strong understanding of legislation, with a passion for providing advice and guidance? We are looking for someone who is always striving to provide a quality service to colleagues and learners and ensure they are always safe and sound.

The purpose of this role is to act as the first point of contact for safeguarding and wellbeing concerns in order to take swift action and signpost as appropriate. With a high level of support focus around mental health difficulties and ensuring that the children and families across our 3 schools get the right help at the right time.  The job description tells you more. 

Applications are invited from candidates who:

  • Care deeply about keeping children safe from harm
  • Understand that every child and every family should be supported to live their best life
  • Have experience of working with children and families experiencing difficulties
  • Have the ability to work as part of a team
  • Are able to use their own initiative
  • Have GCSE Grade C or equivalent in English and Maths
  • Are keen to develop themselves and others
  • Are imaginative, energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking  Are resilient and committed

We can offer

  • Enthusiastic, highly motivated, happy children and families!
  • A strong dedicated team, who are committed to maintaining high standards whilst still having fun!
  • A structured programme of CPD, working closely with colleagues in our federated schools and others across the Local Authority


If you’re interested in finding out more, feel free to email The Executive Headteacher, Cathy Draper on for an informal chat.

More details are available on our website. Go to

Completed applications should be returned by email to:

The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS disclosure check and a completed Disqualification by Association form, along with relevant pre-employment checks, including two suitable professional references.

As part of our due diligence as employers, we will carry out an online search of shortlisted candidates

Closing date for applications is 12.00 Noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2023. 

Interviews will be held shortly after. 


Our mission statement is:

Every day,
In every way,
Everyone matters.

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Short Heath Federation was formed in 2006 when Lane Head Nursery School, Rosedale Church of England Infant School and Short Heath Junior School joined forces under one governing body. Since then, we haven’t looked back!

Each of our schools is led by a Head of School – they are in charge of the day to day running of their school, as well as working together with the Executive Headteacher on the strategic improvement of all of our schools. All three of them are amazingly talented school leaders - specialists in their field. The Executive Head takes responsibility for the development of the federation (with a primary focus on continually improving the quality of teaching and learning in our schools), as well as supporting other schools in an advisory role and carrying out Ofsted Inspections in schools in the West Midlands Region.

We never stand still andshort heath since we federated, we have gone from strength to strength. Lane Head is an outstanding nursery school and Rosedale and Short Heath are both good schools. Across all schools we have an incredibly talented team of staff – every single one of them. We have more Specialist Leaders of Education than we have ever had before – we see ourselves as lifelong learners and are constantly researching effective practice and implementing even better teaching practices in our schools. Our leading practitioners enjoy using action research to further improve what we do.

We are very proud that we are able to support other schools in Walsall. We have a rapidly growing reputation as a centre of excellence and others are always keen to learn from what we do. We aspire to provide the very best possible education that we can for our children. It’s important to us that we support every aspect of a child’s development – personal, social and emotional, as well as academic.

One of our many particular strengths, and one that we are especially proud of, is that we focus on the very specific needs of every child – we really do mean it when we say ‘Every Day, in Every Way, Everyone Matters’. All staff believe that every single child has the potential to be exceptional – we do our very best to make sure we give them all of the opportunities that they need.  Our children deserve the best!

Although we are a federation, each of our schools has its own unique character and it’s always been important to us that we keep it that way. You can find out much more about each school on their individual website.

Lane Head Nursery School

Short Heath Junior School

Rosedale C of E Infant School

Another strength, and something that makes our federation unusual, is that one of our schools is a Church of England School. From the beginning it has been important to us all that we have a strong Christian ethos across all of our schools and we are extremely fortunate to have Furzebank Worship Centre on site as well as an extremely supportive vicar and church community. Without doubt, our outstanding Christian distinctiveness makes our settings extra special.

The future is exciting. We are looking forward to being able to welcome 90 children into our Reception classes from 2019, instead of the 60 we can currently take. We are looking forward to continuing to develop the extensive range of support that we give to our families beyond.

I am extremely proud to lead Short Heath Federation. Our children are amazing and make every single day fulfilling. We love what we do and we know that you will love it too.

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Cathy Draper
Executive Headteacher
Short Heath Federation

Short Heath Federation and your future

Our federation is very proud of what we can offer to you as an employee. We are fortunate to have a really talented team of staff who are there to support your professional development.

We have specialist leaders of education, leading practitioners and a structured programme of professional development for everyone, whatever your role.short heath

We love that we are able to offer opportunities in our school and beyond to learn from others and also to support others as part of your development. We have a strong track record of recognising talent and growing future leaders.

Many of our staff trained with us and have been successful in gaining employment with us after their training – in all sorts of roles and at all levels.

We try to keep our website up to date with vacancies, but it’s always worth emailing us to ask if there is anything available.

We offer:

  • a tailor-made induction programme (whatever your career stage) including opportunities for developing practice in our own and other schools in Walsall;
  • a personalised professional development plan;
  • a career coach;
  • Local Authority staff well-being programme;
  • an exciting opportunity for extensive professional development across a federation of schools, working with good and outstanding teachers in all phases;
  • laptop and iPad;
  • discounted childcare;
  • an annual spend of more than £15,000 on training and development for our staff;
  • the support of two leading practitioners and 6 specialist leaders of education spread across all phases;
  • wonderful children and families;
  • opportunities to shadow other colleagues;
  • supportive, dedicated, creative and talented colleagues;
  • an exceptionally strong Governing Body;
  • part time opportunities for the very best candidates
Company info
01902 368499
Pennine Way
West Midlands
WV12 4DS

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