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Boarding Master

Huili School HangzhouWellington College Hangzhou


Wellington College Hangzhou is seeking an experienced Boarding Master. The Boarding Master works based on the Wellington College philosophy and ethos. The Boarding Master must support each individual pupil’s growth and development, encouraging them as Wellingtonians to be inspired, intellectual, independent, individual and inclusive. The Boarding Master must demonstrate an understanding of the wider curriculum and administration needs of the school, and achieve high standards by responding professionally, sensitively and caringly to the needs of the pupils.


The Boarding Master is accountable to the Executive Master through the Head of Pastoral/Deputy Head of Pastoral. They have responsibility for the academic, pastoral, cultural and spiritual welfare of pupils in the House, for their discipline and moral guidance and for the safety, hygiene and sound maintenance of the House premises. In short, the Boarding master is expected to offer the same level of care and attention that a good parent would.

The Boarding Master is encouraged to enter fully into the life of the school and to develop and share their talents and interests with regard to extracurricular activities.

To assist them, they have a rota team of tutors, Matron and a Housekeeper. It is the Boarding Master’s responsibility to deploy their team to ensure proper supervision and care, to motivate them and to check their effectiveness. In particular a Boarding Master should ensure that when they are off the premises, appropriate arrangements have been made with a member of staff to ensure a proper level of supervision, care and risk management.

The Boarding Master is the first point of contact for parents and is the parent figure for the pupils.

Essential Skills

1. Act in loco parentis and therefore be responsible for all aspects of the pastoral welfare of the pupils in the House. This would include aspects of discipline as delegated by the Head of Pastoral in line with school policy and practice and agreed boarding standards.

2. Lead the House team i.e. tutors, matron and housekeeper with regard to organisation of duties and areas of responsibility needed to ensure the efficient management of the House.

3. To be actively involved in the Performance management / Appraisal and Continuing Professional Development of the House team (Matron, Housekeepers). The Boarding Master will be expected to develop their own professional skills and qualifications and will be encouraged to complete to develop and extend their knowledge of Boarding School practice through specific training and attending conferences.

4. Be responsible for the training and guidance of new members of the pastoral team including gap year students and ensure that an efficient working system of recording daily events and handovers between House staff is practised.

5. Communicate with parents as necessary with the assistance of others in the House team. To report in respect of the pastoral development of pupils in the House and to contribute to references when requested by a member of SLT.

6. Liaise with teaching staff, Heads of Schools, Counsellor and tutors in monitoring and supporting academic progress of pupils in the House.

7. Take appropriate steps to monitor the attendance and conduct of pupils for all meals and their whereabouts through the week.

8. Set up a system of mentors for new pupils who join the House.

9. Attend relevant meetings such as Pastoral Leadership meetings, case conferences etc.

10. Organise and maintain the budget of the Boarding House within the agreed parameters as laid down by the Executive Master.

11. To regularly review the Health and Safety requirements of the Boarding House, reporting any concerns or potential hazards to the Head of Pastoral and Bursar.

12. Hold regular House pastoral team recorded meetings in order to disseminate information, co-ordinate activities and discuss pupil welfare and progress as appropriate.

13. Establish, publish and enforce a set of House rules or conventions designed to safeguard as far as possible the privacy, independence, dignity and right of each pupil in line with school policy and minimum boarding standards.

14. Respond to any medical or pastoral emergency as may arise. This will take precedent over other responsibilities.

15. Enable social functions/activities for pupils within the House, with the assistance of the pastoral team where appropriate. A weekend programme for those boarders who stay should be published and approved by the Head of Pastoral.

16. Maintain a file for every pupil in the House. This should include copies of reports and disciplinary notes as appropriate (this record must comply with published sanctions such as gatings, fines, or suspensions and other offences like smoking, breaking of contracts etc.)

17. Maintain a major Sanctions book which is submitted each half term to the Head of Pastoral.

18. Be responsible for the confidentiality of information at his/her disposal in line with school policy.

19. To be responsible for the confidentiality of information at his/her disposal and the ‘need to know’ context of this information in line with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

20. To be prepared to carry out any new task the Executive Master, Head of Pastoral and Deputy Head of Pastoral may reasonably request after review, consultation and mutual agreement. 


Education: Bachelor’s degree, teaching certificate

Major: Education related

Language: Fluent English speaker

Experience: A minimum of 3 years working experience in related area


Wellington College Hangzhou is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The successful candidate must be willing to undergo an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service, or local national equivalent.


Please attach your CV, Teacher License together with a cover letter here. 

Further details of the above position are available in the file of Job Description below. 

For more information about Wellington College Hangzhou, please click ‘Learn More about this school’ in the bottom. 

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