The successful candidate should have experience of dealing with young people and be able to remain calm under pressure. The Matron is required to obtain an approved First Aid qualification and to re-qualify as necessary so that it is always valid. The cost of both qualification and re-qualification is met by the school. The Matron also requires basic IT skills, e.g. e-mailing capability and must be willing to familiarise themselves with the school’s intranet
It is vital for the efficient management of the house that the House Master/Mistress, Spouse, Assistant House Master/ Mistress and Matron work closely together and keep each other informed of matters affecting the pupils’ welfare.
The Matron is responsible to the House Master/Mistress for their duties within the boarding house. The overall responsibility for pupils’ welfare, including medical care, lies with the House Master/Mistress and the Matron will normally be delegated this responsibility during the working day. They will be accordingly responsible to the Medical Centre staff for matters relating to the medical treatment of pupils within the house.
The following list is not exhaustive but is intended to show the range of tasks required of the Matron. Some tasks are done regularly, some infrequently:
- To be responsible for the security of the house and pupils whilst on duty;
- To supervise the Handyperson and cleaning staff, including the recruitment process;
- To report any defects beyond the scope of the Handyperson to the Estates Dept for action;
- To collect prospective pupils and parents from Claridge House and, in the absence of the House Master/Mistress, show them around the house;
- Liaise with parents and staff when appropriate by phone, e-mail and fax;
- Maintain a good liaison with pupils e.g. by being present at break and lunch time;
- Liaise with catering department regarding weekly stores requests and w/end catering numbers;
- Ensure pupil disbursement forms are raised where necessary for charges in connection with activities within the house e.g. driving lessons, sports coaching etc;
- Maintain petty cash float for minor items and issue order forms for suppliers;
- Check cleanliness of pupil bedrooms and communal areas;
- Assist with pupils’ travel arrangements e.g. taxis, visas, inoculations, passports and assist with house social functions e.g. break up suppers, dances, Open Day;
- Assist with compilation of study leave timetables to ensure correct supervision;
- Provide administrative support to the House Master/Mistress;
- Supervising and assisting with laundry arrangements for the house.
- Care for any pupil who is ill within the house and liaise with the Health Medical Centre as necessary;
- Maintain medical cupboard supplies and collect prescriptions on behalf of pupils;
- Accompany pupils to hospital, doctors, dentist, clinic appointments where pupils are under 16 or the pupil requires transport (using own transport where necessary);
- Maintain house medical records and arrange necessary vaccinations and medical examinations for new pupils;
- Assisting with preliminary work on medical examinations for new pupils.
Hours of Work
Term time Monday to Friday 08:00 to 17:00 (34 weeks) plus up to 10 days per year after the end of term and before the start term as required.
In addition to the above hours there are also normally 3 evening events (one per term) which the Matron may be expected to attend. Whilst these are the standard hours, there will be occasions when the Matron may be required to work outside these hours.
The salary is based on a full-time equivalent salary of £26,568 per year. The actual pro-rata salary is £23,190 per year which is based on an hourly rate of £12.77p
Please download the attached job description for more information, including details on how to apply via our School website online recruitment application form.