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House Assistant

House Assistant

Gordon's School


  • Expired
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Immediate start
Apply by:
1 February 2018

Job overview

Reports to: Head of House 

Hours: 10.15am – 6pm Monday to Friday plus Parades (includes a break of one hour to be taken in agreement with the Head of House but will generally be split 12.10pm – 12.40pm and 4pm – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 3pm – 3.30pm on Fridays) term time only. 

Salary: c£15,900 p.a.

Main Purpose of the Job  

The House Assistant works alongside the Head of House and House Tutors to assist in the smooth running of the House and to assist with the welfare of students in the House.  The House Assistant will agree specific responsibilities with the Head of House.

Duties and Responsibilities  

1. To assist with collecting attendance information and following up attendance issues. 

2. To input data into SIMS to record sanctions and rewards. 

3. To assist with the monitoring of student diaries. 

4. To respond to / relay messages received in the House as appropriate. 

5. To report any maintenance issues or Health & Safety concerns to the Maintenance Department. 

6. To organise and monitor games equipment within the House and purchase new items using House funds. 

7. General administrative duties as required. 

8. To be responsible for keeping appropriate financial records as required.  

9. To be responsible for displays in the House. 

10. To be responsible for allocation of lockers and locker keys. 

11. To be responsible for lost property. 

12. To make minor repairs to Blues uniform and audit the House stock of Blues and spare School uniform. 

13. To assist with the general welfare of students in the House.

 14. To provide proactive supervision at all times when students are in the House. 

15. To assist in maintaining high standards of dress and behaviour within the House.

 16. To provide pastoral support to individual students as appropriate and agreed with the Head of House and liaise with parents as required. 

17. To update social media sites on behalf of the Head of House. 

18. To be responsible for snacks and the House Tuck Shop. 

19. To supervise the tidiness and cleanliness of the House and use of Study Rooms during the day.  Liaise with the Domestic Services Co-ordinator as required.

 20. To assist on Parade Sundays, Fun Day, Annual & Prize-Giving, and either Whitehall or Guildford. 

 21. To assist at up to 3 parents’ social events per year during the evening or at a weekend. 

22. To attend one Inter-House event on a Saturday morning each term.

 23. To liaise with the Head of Catering to provide snacks for the students and to arrange catering needs for all social occasions.

 24. To deputise for the Head of House at annual Statement Review meetings. 

25. To administer Controlled Drugs as appropriate in conjunction with staff in the Medical Centre. 

26. To carry out other duties as mutually agreed with the Head of House, e.g. 6th Form duties, House Committees.

Person Specification 

 • Enthusiastic, friendly, and committed to the personal, social and academic development of young people.

 • Able to work well as part of a team, with good communication and interpersonal skills.

 • A high level of organisational skills and ability to work to deadlines. 

• A pro-active person who anticipates and initiates. 

• IT proficient. 

• Have ‘affable intensity’: a sense of humour, but retain sharp intensity for what needs to be done and ability to ‘get on with it’ 

• Understand that teaching is first and foremost about service and ‘going the extra mile' for the students 

• Hold a full clean UK driving licence    

 Gordon’s School is a State Boarding and Day School and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment – applicants must be willing to undergo appropriate screening including a DBS check.

Attached documents

About Gordon's School

Gordon’s is a non-selective, co-ed, 11-18 school of circa 1000 students.  Unusually for a state school it offers residential boarding facilities to 280 students. Founded in 1885, its historical links with General Charles Gordon have shaped the ethos and sense of tradition that is present within the school today.

Gordon’s places a strong emphasis on standards, academic success and high expectations. Great importance is placed on the quality of teaching in the classroom because of the belief that schools are first and foremost centres for learning.

In the sixth form there are over 350 students taking BTEC and A Level courses.  There are five residential boarding houses and six day boarding houses for students. This allows for a high level of care and individual support, excellent staff/student relationships, backed by a structured learning and teaching environment, with high standards of courtesy and self-discipline.

In the school there is a wide variety of sporting and co-curricular activities. Daily over forty clubs offer a range from traditional games, rock-climbing and horse riding to tap dancing, music and drama. The Combined Cadet Force and The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme are particularly popular and successful. One unusual feature is the marching Pipes and Drums band, which plays at ceremonial occasions at school and for outside events, when the students wear their ‘blues’ - a form of military uniform featuring the Gordon’s tartan.

School facilities are excellent and include over fifty acres of playing fields, a state-of-the art fitness centre, sports hub including all-weather pitches and coffee shop, and refurbished music and drama block.

The school is situated in fifty acres of Surrey parkland a few miles from the M25, M3 and M4 motorways. Day boarders come mainly from the local villages of West End, Chobham and Lightwater.  Residential boarders come for all parts of the United Kingdom and around ten percent from overseas.

The Ofsted Inspection of November 2014 reported, “Gordon’s is an outstanding school in every respect”.  Ofsted inspected 27 areas, 26 of which were given grade 1. In particular: -

“Teaching and learning are outstanding”
“The curriculum provision is outstanding”
“Standards are outstandingly high in national tests and GCSE”
“The effectiveness and efficiency of the boarding is outstanding”
“The quality of care provided by the school for the pupils is exceptional”
“Leadership and management are outstanding”

All of this is a tremendous testimony to the hard work and commitment of both students and staff – and is part of the reason why Gordon’s is the most over-subscribed state school in Surrey with over five applications for every place.

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