Not the right job for you? Start a new job search on Tes

Job details

Job details
Employer Downside School
Location Stratton-On-The-Fosse, near Bath
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Permanent
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts January 2018

For January (or April) 2018, we are looking to appoint a committed, energetic and inspiring House Mistress / Master for one of our girls’ houses (Isabella, 11-18 years, around 50 full-time boarders and 30 day pupils). You will have overall responsibility for the House, supported by an Assistant House Mistress, a Resident Tutor, a team of Tutors, House Parents and the Chaplaincy Team. The House Mistress / Master has a vital role to play in the pupils’ development. They live in family accommodation within the boarding house. This post is full-time and permanent and will have a teaching timetable in line with the responsibilities of the post. Applicants from all subject disciplines are encouraged to apply and a contribution to the academic and extra-curricular life of the school is essential. 

It is essential that the appointed person has a clear understanding of the pastoral care provision required in a boarding environment and will be able to lead and implement this through their dedication and support from the team. Flexibility, resilience and commitment to a residential boarding post are key attributes needed.

In return, you can expect a generous salary and benefits package. Working at Downside is a truly rewarding experience. In keeping with our Benedictine ethos, Downside is a welcoming, caring community where each person is considered to be a valued member. Pupils are highly motivated, keen to learn and respectful of staff and their peers. 

Downside is an independent, Catholic, Benedictine co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. The school is situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.

Downside School is known for its strength in pastoral care and was referred to as “Best for Well-being” (UK) in The Week Magazine, Winter 2015/16 which also cited the following “the eight aspects of a Benedictine education … are a blueprint for pastoral care”.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 21st September, by 9am

Interviews will be held Wednesday 27th September 2017

To Apply

To apply, please complete an application form which can be downloaded and submitted through an applicant tracking system on our ‘Working With Us' page: Please contact the recruitment email address ( if you require further information after reading the application pack. 

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the DBS. We are an equal opportunities employer. By car, we are within 40 minutes of Bristol, 30 minutes of Bath and 15 minutes of Wells. 

Registered Charity Number: 1158507

About the employer

Welcome to Downside, a leading Catholic Independent Boarding School. We are one of England’s oldest and most distinguished schools, for boys and girls aged 11-18. Downside School’s vision – as a leading Catholic School – is to be a bright light in th...

Information about Downside School
Org type Mainstream School
Phase Secondary with sixth form
Funding status Independent
Gender Mixed
Age range 11 - 18 years
Denomination Roman Catholic
employer gallery photo 0
employer gallery photo 1
employer gallery photo 2
employer gallery photo 3
employer gallery photo 4
employer gallery photo 5
employer gallery photo 6
employer gallery photo 7
employer gallery photo 8
employer gallery photo 9
employer gallery photo 10
employer gallery photo 11
employer gallery photo 12
employer gallery photo 13
employer gallery photo 14
employer gallery photo 15
1 / 16

Locations and contacts

Stratton On The Fosse
United Kingdom