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Boarding House Parent / Assistant

Downside SchoolSomerset

Term Time Opportunity

This (non-residential) role is working as part of a dedicated team, assisting with and contributing to the supervision and care of pupils in one of our boys’ boarding Houses. 

Do you have experience of working with children aged between 11 and 18, ideally in a pastoral role? We have an opportunity for someone to join us to support the smooth running of Powell House during the School day. This is a junior boy’s boarding house covering first to third forms (equivalent to Years 7, 8 and 9). As House Parent you are part of a team responsible for ensuring the boarding house feels like a home to our pupils, both full-time and flexi-borders. You will build positive, professional relationships with School staff and parents, providing relevant information about individual pupils as necessary. 

House Parents are responsible for pupil clothing/uniform, health (in conjunction with the Health Centre) and general well-being within the house. You will support the domestic staff working in the House and assist the House Master or Mistress (HsM) and other pastoral staff in ensuring that their work is carried out effectively and efficiently. There is also an element of administration involved with this role, so experience of using MS Office is required. 

The successful applicant will be given training in child protection, prevent, fire safety, food hygiene, GDPR and general boarding as part of their induction program. Any experience and qualifications in relation to the above are desirable. 

Downside School is a forward-thinking, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18. Founded in 1606 and based just 25 minutes from the famous World Heritage City of Bath, we are one of England's oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools.

We are committed to working in partnership with families and to providing an environment which nurtures young people of integrity who can think for themselves, stand up for their beliefs, and act to make a positive difference in the world. The published Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) report states that ‘a clear and positive attitude to learning permeates the whole school, enabled by excellent relationships between staff and pupils’ and that our pupils are ‘enthusiastic and highly motivated learners, able to work independently’. 

Contractual Details

  • Salary: Pro-rated salary inclusive of holiday pay £13,102.06 for working 34 weeks +10 days.
  • Hours: 30 to 41.5 hours per week. Every Monday to Friday 13:15 – 19:15, plus alternate Saturdays working 07:15 – 19:15 with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break. 
  • Contract: Permanent, Term Time Only + 10 days for INSET and setting up/closing down the boarding house each term.

Benefits: Free on-site parking and an employee assistance programme. 

Closing date for applications: Monday 3 January 2022 (Midnight)

NOTE: We will close the post earlier if sufficient suitable applications are received.

To Apply

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We look forward to hearing from you.

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be DBS checked. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Registered Company No. 11751009 and Registered Charity No: 1184700

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