Assistant Housemistress, Oxfordshire

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Rye St Antony SchoolOxfordshire

Date posted:
Start date: 1 September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Rye St Antony has its own payscale. Accommodation, and all meals during term time are provided.
Contract term: Permanent

The School wishes to appoint a teaching Housemistress to work in the senior boarding house (The Cottage) with Years 11 to 13.  Applications from those who are able to contribute to the life of the School other than through teaching will also be considered.

Key responsibilities: 

Ensure that the boarding experience at Rye St Antony: 

  • Fully promotes the Catholic ethos of the school, allowing our pupils to grow academically, personally, morally and spiritually. 
  • Delivers excellent pastoral care and opportunities for the growth and personal development of each girl 
  • Provides academic support and opportunity for each individual – promoting commitment, independent thinking and learning, and intellectual development for each    individual. 
  • Fully promotes the safeguarding and welfare of all girls within the boarding community


  • Promote the values of the School and its Catholic foundation: promoting respect for the dignity and value each individual and the importance of the moral and spiritual aspects of life. 
  • Model consideration, empathy, diligence and responsibility. 
  • Work with the Headmistress, Head of Boarding, Religious Life Coordinator and SLT to ensure pupils and staff benefit from the founding principles of the School. 

Pastoral care and personal development of pupils 

  • Support the provision of excellent, personal pastoral care for girls within the house and ensure a safe, happy and healthy environment. 
  • Encourage a culture of learning, creativity and develop a family community within the house and wider boarding community.
  • Understand and implement all aspects of safeguarding and promote initiatives and systems which support all aspects of wellbeing. 
  • Meet regularly, and liaise as necessary, with the Head of Boarding, Housestaff, School Nurse and other colleagues to ensure appropriate sharing of information and continuity of care across the school, both for individuals and with regard to the wider pastoral care provision.  
  • Keep appropriate records of pastoral and behavioural issues and ensure these are reported fully to the Head of Boarding, Deputy Head and Head, as appropriate. 
  • Promote high standards of behaviour, commitment and personal presentation. Work with the Head of Boarding to ensure these high expectations of behaviour, engagement and dress are consistently met. 
  • Assist with the Boarding Induction programme. Work with pupils, parents and staff on transition into boarding. Assist with arrangements for the support of pupils arriving at non-traditional          entry points. 
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of the extra-curricular programme, weekend trips and activities and social opportunities. 
  • Liaise effectively with the School Nurse regarding medical matters and maintain accurate records as required, assisting with matters concerning girls’ health as directed by the School Nurse and in accordance with the School's procedures 
  • Assist with the production and implementation of welfare plans, in conjunction with the Head of Boarding, School Nurse, Housestaff and tutors.
  • Ensure the house complies with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and  other regulatory frameworks.
  • Support pupils in the house by attendance at performances, sporting events etc as appropriate. 
  • Build strong relationships with parents, keeping them informed of progress, challenges and developments through regular communication.


  • Maintain an overview of the progress of pupils in the house, liaising with staff and tutors and feeding back to parents and guardians as necessary.
  • Teach approximately half a timetable; all subjects will be considered.
  • Be an excellent and inspirational teacher, committed to raising academic standards and improving the quality of teaching and learning within your subject .
  • Assist with report writing, per the reporting schedule, for pupils in the house. 
  • Assist with supporting pupils at Parent’s Meetings in the absence of parents or guardians.
  • Maintain a good working atmosphere in the house, especially during study periods and prep.
  • Maintain good discipline and a positive spirit in the house praising and rewarding good behaviour.

Please see the job description for further details of the responsibilities of the post and the person specification.

Pay and benefits

A one-bedroom flat within the boarding house is provided throughout the year.

Salary for a teaching Housemistress will be on the Rye Scale, according to experience.

All teachers are invited to join the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

At specified times, staff may use the school’s Fitness Suite, and during Trinity Term staff may use the swimming pool at the advertised times.  All meals are provided in the dining room during term time, and refreshments are provided in the Staff Room at morning break and teatime.  There is car parking on site, and the School is easily accessible by bus.

How to apply

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be addressed to the Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Ryan, and sent by email to the Human Resources Manager, Ms Ellen Phelips (; 01865 229227) or a hard  copy can be posted to her at Rye St Antony, Pullen’s Lane, Oxford OX3 0BY.

For further details and an application form, please contact Ellen Phelips ( or visit the Staff Vacan cies  page on the school website.  Applications will be accepted only from candidates who have completed the application form in full. 

The closing date for applications is 4.00 pm on Tuesday 19 March 2019, and interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2019.


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and all staff and volunteers are expected to share this commitment.  All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

Job location

More about Rye St Antony School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Girls
Age Range: 3 - 18 years
Address: Pullens Lane, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0BY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1865 762 802
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