Assistant Head of Islip Boarding House, Oxfordshire

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Start date: August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Role Overview

We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Head of House into our Sixth Form boarding house at 376 Banbury Road. The position is designed to be fully residential, with bed and board provided during the School’s term times to aid in the proper performance of the duties of this role.

The role can be broadly broken down into two complementary dimensions, of a Residential Assistant (usually during the evenings and weekends) and a Day Matron (usually during the School day). 

The below duties should be taken as an indication of the duties of this role, as with all posts within a boarding environment, a high degree of flexibility is required and the successful candidate may be asked to perform tasks of a more general nature that are not specifically mentioned here. 

Person Specification

We are looking for someone who:

  • Has a caring and cheerful personality and a demonstrable ability to relate to students, parents and colleagues with empathy and sensitivity; 
  • Has a mature, responsible, patient and resilient attitude to life and work;
  • Has an ability to be firm while doing so in a friendly, engaging and respectful manner;
  • Is reliable, responsible and well organised with strong communication skills;
  • Has good, reliable and balanced judgement and the ability to think clearly and rationally in an emergency;
  • Is a good team player who will work well with colleagues and students alike, both in the boarding context and wider school community, as appropriate; and
  • Has good practical and administrative skills.

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall responsibility for the running of the boarding houses rests with the Head of House, and a full breakdown of the associated duties of this position is available in the attached candidate brief for this position. 

Overall, the main job purpose of the Assistant Head of House is to:

  • Create and maintain in the House a happy, safe, positive atmosphere which is conducive to the students feeling at ease and able to live and work happily;
  • Promote and safeguard the welfare of the students by adhering to and ensuring compliance with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy at all times;
  • Build and maintain positive and constructive relationships with students, in order to provide them with the best possible care and support;
  • Exercise an important pastoral role within the House and look after the welfare of the students living in it;
  • Foster a sense of house identity and spirit by encouraging active participation in house activities by all students; 
  • Ensure that the House rules are being followed at all times and address any infringements that may occur;
  • Carry out practical daily tasks in the boarding house on a rota basis with other colleagues or as requested by the Head of House or the Head of Boarding.

Further information

If you would like any further information at this stage, please feel free to telephone Kate Higgins on the main school number 01865 688482


Applicants should complete the Form entitled Application for a non-Teaching Post which can be downloaded from 

The Application Form, full Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter should be emailed to and a signed copy sent to:

Helena Barron
333 Banbury Road
OX2 7PL 

Applications will be processed on receipt. Please apply as soon as possible, but no later than 2 July 2019

Job location

More about d’Overbroeck’s
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Independent Sixth Form, The Swan Building, 333 Banbury Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2 7PL, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1865 688600
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Founded in 1977, d'Overbroeck's is a co-educational independent school for students from age 11 through to the Sixth Form. The school is based in central and north Oxford. Current student numbers stand at around 485.

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