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Assistant Head of Boarding

Bosworth Independent CollegeNorthamptonshire

Bosworth Independent College is a relatively small college of approximately 300 students. This enables us to offer a supportive family atmosphere, where students and staff can enjoy their work and thrive as valued people and professionals. Our ethos is one that believes in the importance of the individual and celebrates success regardless of the level.  Students come from a wide variety of countries and are motivated and aspirational, mostly aiming for Russell Group and Oxbridge.


You will be a middle manager, committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our boarding students. You will assist them in their daily lives and act as first point of contact for boarding matters when on duty.


You will be directly responsible to the Head of Boarding. You will work within the framework set by and under the general direction of the Principal.


As a member of the boarding team, you should carry out your role to support the needs of the students you work with and the College in general. In as much, you will:

In general:

▪ Ensure the smooth running of the boarding houses generally, in accordance with the National Minimum Standards and college policies to maintain a friendly, welcoming and happy environment.

▪ Co-ordinate a crisis management plan while on duty, informing relevant emergency services and senior leaders of events and documenting thoroughly.

▪ Monitor and assist with the approval of students exeats as set out within the college policy.

▪ Attend termly induction and boarding meetings.

▪ During the period of Summer School, undertake duties as directed by Head of Boarding

▪ Manage student welfare and behaviour and ensure effective communication with relevant parties, escalating if necessary.

▪ Report student illness promptly to the college nurse in the mornings. If emergency attention is required, to use the emergency number or call an ambulance.

▪ To ensure all team members help the domestic team with maintaining general cleanliness and tidiness in the Boarding Houses.

▪ Report any maintenance issues through the College system.

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▪ Issue keys/cards as each Boarding House requires.

▪ Ensure a visible presence in the Boarding Houses at all times when on duty.

▪ Ensure curfew times are kept; filling in associated paperwork as requested and reporting issues of lateness.

▪ Ensure and oversee all student induction and departures.

▪ Encourage students to engage in activities after school

▪ Attend dinner and breakfast when on duty to ensure safety and wellbeing of students

▪ Attend breakfast, lunch and dinner with students

▪ Check attendance of senior students

▪ Collaborative with other middle leaders in colleges Specifically, in your role as 

Assistant Head of Boarding you will:

▪ Be responsible for boarding when on duty and holding the emergency phone on a rota basis within the team of Assistant Heads of Boarding

▪ Co-create rotas with the other Assistant Head’s of Boarding for the team ensuring the houses are staffed, monitored and patrolled regularly while on shift. This includes during the day when houses need to be open

▪ Send prompt overview handover notes to other Assistant Head’s of Boarding and senior staff

▪ Liaise with academic, admin and senior staff as requested

▪ Be residential and reside in college accommodation when on shift

▪ Plan and lead activities alongside the other Assistant Head’s of Boarding both on weekday evenings and weekends. 

▪ Ensure the correct risk assessments are in place for all activities. 

▪ Attend trips and follow the protocols in place as stated in the Trip Policy 

As part of your wider role within the College, you will also:

▪ Follow the guidelines of the staff handbook

▪ Support the College and its leadership

▪ Continue personal development as agreed

▪ Engage actively in the performance review process

▪ Comply with any reasonable request from the Principal to undertake work not specified in this job description

▪ Be courteous to colleagues and parents and to provide a welcoming environment for all visitors to the College

▪ Maintain standards of ethics and behaviour in and out of college. 

In particular, you will:

▪ Treat students with dignity, building relationships rooted in mutual respect;

▪ Have regard for the need to safeguard students’ well-being;

▪ Show tolerance of and respect for the rights of others;

▪ Maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality;

▪ Help to create and maintain a safe working environment for everyone;

▪ Understand and act within the relevant college, national and statutory frameworks.


The job requires that you have:

▪ The ability to work with, care for and supervise young people

▪ The ability to lead others with a solutions focused attitude 

▪ High levels of energy, an even temper and a sense of humour

▪ Willingness to reprimand and/or report students who are not adhering to the College rules

▪ The ability to relate to young people

▪ The ability and willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment

▪ Willingness to work unsociable hours 

▪ The ability to work as a team member and lead by example, to be proactive, flexible and reliable

▪ A full understanding of current child protection procedures

▪ A desire to continue professional development in all aspects of boarding and that you maintain an advanced level of safeguarding and first aid training

▪ Experience of National Minimum Standards (NMS), Independent Schools’ Statutory Regulations and other relevant legislation


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