Boarding and Pastoral Assistant, Cambridgeshire

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Abbey College CambridgeCambridgeshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £18,000 – 20,000 per annum
Contract term: Permanent

Boarding and Pastoral Assistant

Department:  Boarding and Pastoral

Responsible to: PA to Senior Leadership Team

Hours: 8:30 – 17:00 Mon-Fri with occasional evening or weekend hours as per the needs of the college events

Holiday: 25 days annual leave per year plus all Public holidays, to be taken at times convenient to the college. Holiday restrictions apply from the third week in August to the end of September and the first week of every term.

Remuneration: £18,000 – 20,000 per annum


About the Alpha Plus Group

The Alpha Plus Group was founded in 1931 and currently comprises nineteen independent schools and colleges. The schools and colleges within the group have developed a longstanding reputation for delivering premium quality education.



Abbey College Cambridge’s staff are dedicated to providing top quality pastoral provision for every student. All students are welcomed into the college and we ensure that each individual has an exceptional experience.

The principle duties of the Pastoral Assistant will be to provide Personal Assistant support to the Vice Principal Pastoral and the Director of Boarding, and to provide administrative support for the delivery of school events, and to provide support for the wider Pastoral Team through administration and coordination of the pastoral provision.



  • Support for PA to Vice Principal Pastoral and Director of Boarding; including letters, templates, proofing, minutes of meetings, bookings, diary management
  • Support for Housemasters and Heads of House as required
  • Support student Induction process
  • To assist the reception manager in the smooth running of the College Reception as required
  • Communication with students when directed
  • Develop and maintain pastoral displays around the school
  • Support for administration of student behaviour and discipline
  • Manage Student Voice, including creating of surveys and collation of results
  • Co-ordinate meetings and required catering as directed by PA to Senior Leadership Team
  • IT support for pastoral meetings and assemblies
  • Support all school events, including liaising with venues and suppliers
  • Liaising with external providers – academic mentors/sports coaches/catering etc
  • Meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority
  • Ordering for pastoral and boarding team and responsibility for updating the budget spreadsheet
  • Support the PA to the Senior Leadership Team in delivering high quality pastoral and boarding support
  • Any other administrative duties as and when required


Person Specification

1. Qualifications and Personal Development


Educated to A-level standard or equivalent
ICT experience, specifically with Microsoft Office

Experience of working with SIMS

2. Experience

Experience in office administration

Experience of working with international students

3. Skills

Good communication, presentation, planning and organisational skills.

4. Personal Qualities

Commitment to on-going professional development
A high degree of personal accountability and the capacity to use judgement and initiative
Extremely well-organised
Willing to undertake other duties within the college and work as part of a bigger team
Remain calm under pressure
Keen attention to details
Ability to deal sensitively and confidentially with a range of issues relating to students

An ability to relate to students from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures

5. Other

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure

Closing Date: 12th November 2019

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 18th November

More about Abbey College Cambridge
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 14 - 21 years
Address: Homerton Gardens, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 8EB, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1223 578280
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Abbey College Cambridge is an independent 6th form college that offers a stimulating environment in which staff and students work together to achieve academic success.

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