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Head of Boarding (Permanent)

CATS College CanterburyKent

CATS Canterbury are recruiting for Head of Boarding from October 2021 or January 2022

The College offers an outstanding international pre-university educational experience to students aged 14+ from all over the world. CATS students live and work in the beautiful Victorian CATS Canterbury campus, studying for GCSEs, A levels and University Foundation Programmes, and preparing for admission to universities across the country and elsewhere. We pride ourselves on our approach to teaching and learning, with small class sizes and an informal atmosphere ensuring that students are treated as individuals and build great relationships with staff.

CATS College Canterbury is part of CATS Global Schools, a leading education group committed to inspiring the next generation of world shapers. The group brings together 16 institutions that provide students around the globe with the education they need to develop real-life skills for the future. Our dedicated team of pioneering, persevering people, including teachers and welfare specialists, work together to create a positive environment so that every student achieves their full potential.


The post of Head of Boarding is a senior position and forms part of the Senior Leadership Team at CATS Canterbury. The purpose of the role is to lead and manage the provision of all aspects of boarding as well as playing a crucial role in whole-school strategy and development. The post holder will have the ability to manage boarding teams effectively and possess excellent communication and administrative skills. There is a one-bedroom flat available, but we will consider applications of candidates who live out.


  • Lead and manage the College’s Deputy Head of Boarding and the team of Boarding Team Leaders to ensure the students’ boarding experience exceeds their expectations as well as that of parents, agents and other stakeholders and to ensure the successful implementation of procedures in the boarding houses and proactively evaluate and improve standards.
  • Ensure that the College complies with National Minimum Standards (NMS), Independent Schools’ Statutory Regulations and any other relevant legislation across all aspects of the College boarding provision.
  • Be the Designated Safeguarding Lead and as such, prepare and present the Annual Safeguarding Report to the Executive Board.
  • Proactively contribute to the senior leadership of the college, collaborating and communicating effectively with colleagues, particularly the Assistant Principal Pastoral and Assistant Principal Academic and their teams to work towards college priorities.
  • With the Assistant Principal Pastoral, liaise with the Pastoral Directors at the College who monitor student welfare and behaviour during College hours and ensure that all Boarding Team Leaders do the same.
  • Take the lead on all behaviour and welfare issues of Boarders when outside of College hours and liaise with the Assistant Principal Pastoral and/ or the Vice Principal and Principal if needed. Manage, and where required participate in, the investigation and monitoring of consequences for reported cases of misbehaviour and breaches of College boarding rules by students.
  • Line manage BTLs, the College Nurse and the Activities Team.
  • Drive improvements to professionalise college produced marketing materials including newsletters and notice boards, ensuring that everything that is produced to be seen by a customer conforms to brand guidelines.
  • Together with the Assistant Principal Pastoral, develop the college’s external presence online
  • Ensure the overall appearance of the Boarding Houses is meeting expected standards – e.g.


The job requires that you are:

  • Efficient and organised
  • A skilled communicator and a relationship builder - able to work effectively with colleagues and students
  • IT literate
  • Smartly and professionally dressed
  • Good at prioritising your time
  • Able to work under pressure
  • A quick learner
  • Proactive, flexible, trustworthy, dependable and reliable
  • Internationally aware and culturally sensitive
  • Good team player, but also able to work autonomously
  • Willing to play a part in the wider life of the College community
  • Experience of National Minimum Standards (NMS), Independent Schools’ Statutory Regulations and other relevant legislation
  • Proven management skills
  • A logical, structured and organised outlook on life
  • High levels of energy, an even temper and a sense of humour
  • The ability to relate to young people
  • A willingness to work unsociable hours, including weekends and evenings


We are committed to diversity, inclusion and belonging. Building on our core values - Pioneering, Persevering, People - we pledge to deliver a series of events, guest speakers, and focus groups to ensure we offer respect and understanding to all communities.


CATS Global Schools is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare or our students and expect everyone connected with the organisation to share this commitment. All positions are subject to safer recruitment pre-employment checks in line with KCSIE guidelines.


Closing Date 17th September. Please visit our website and review the full job description before applying.

We reserve the right to appoint before the closing date and for this reason early applications are advised.

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