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Assistant Housemistress (Pastoral), Girls' Boarding House

Sedbergh SchoolCumbria

Job Title: Assistant Housemistress (Pastoral), Girls' Boarding House

Location: Sedbergh School

Responsible to: Senior Deputy Head (Pastoral)

Salary: £22,788 per annum + accommodation (please note that this is based on a 6-day working week. The role is likely to be 5 working days initially, and therefore the salary will be pro-rata)

Sedbergh School is now seeking a full time Assistant Housemistress (AHSM) to join our boarding community. The role of AHSM here at Sedbergh is purely pastoral, underpinning the provision of outstanding welfare support for pupils in the House, and the successful candidate will work as assistant to the Housemistress in a busy Girls’ boarding house. The key responsibilities of the role are as follows:    

  • Primarily, the AHSM will provide direct support to pupils and staff, assisting with managing all aspects of the health, welfare and pastoral care of pupils, adhering to relevant school policies at all times;      
  • Secondly, the AHSM will provide support for the Housemaster/Housemistress with a wide range of administrative duties relating to pupils and their parents;     
  • Thirdly, the AHSM will work closely with the operational management team to ensure that the House catering, cleaning and laundry teams maintain standards, in accordance with School policy and operating specifications. 

The duties of the role will be wide and varied, but it is essential for the AHSM to be able to demonstrate an empathy with and understanding of young people, a sense of humour and a genuine concern for the pupils' well-being and active involvement in their personal development. They will be required to positively encourage the pupils in their interests and activities, and to develop a professional and friendly relationship with them. The AHSM will also provide support in the maintenance of morale, standards and the efficient operation of the Boarding House. 

Our ideal candidate will have experience of working with children aged 13-18 years old and relevant qualifications in medical or welfare related roles would be desirable. Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and organisational skills are also essential, as is the ability to work flexibly, maintaining a focus on quality at all times.

Please note: this is a non-academic position and there is no teaching timetable available, or likely to become attached to this post. 

We welcome female applicants only as this is a girls’ boarding house. This is a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act. 

The post is available from January 2022. 

In exchange the School will offer:      

  • Contributory Pension Scheme – to include life cover while remaining within the scheme;      
  • Statutory Sick Pay entitlement - conditional on meeting the demands of the scheme      
  • Free car parking;      
  • Ride2Work;      
  • Opportunity to see School productions;      
  • Staff events and family fun days!      
  • Use of the School’s vast facilities (outside School timetabling) including the indoor swimming pool, tennis & squash courts, and the incredible state of the art Hirst Centre, which opened in 2018.

To find out more about this vacancy please download the 'Applicant info pack', visit the School website, or contact the HR Department on

How to apply:

To find out more about this vacancy please download the 'Applicant Info Pack', visit the School Website or email us on

To apply, please complete a copy of the School's application form, which may be downloaded from this advert, obtained via the School Website, or by emailing Please note that we are unable to accept CVs in substitution.

Completed application forms should be returned to

The closing date for applications is: Friday 17 December 2021

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sedbergh School is committed to safeguarding & protecting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and The Disclosure and Barring Service.

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