Graduate Assistant & Resident Assistant Housemaster

Stoke CollegeSuffolk

A vacancy has arisen within our boys'  boarding house and we are seeking a male graduate assistant (to comply with national minimum standards).

He will have the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire happiness in our students through their work in the Sports and Boarding departments, including supervision of the boys in the boarding house.

We ask our staff to commit themselves to the all-round development and achievement of our students: in practice, this means getting to know them as individuals, building strong positive relationships: devising a stimulating curriculum and engaging lessons to capture their imaginations; working within school frameworks to enable each child to reach their potential; inspiring children within and beyond the classroom to nurture them into happy, kind, tolerant young people who work hard, play hard and look after one another.

The Graduate Assistant carries out any tasks as could reasonably be expected, as directed by the Deputy Head, Co-Curriculum on behalf of the Principal. The Deputy Head oversees the immediate day-to-day work of the Graduate Assistant. The Head of Boarding oversees the work during evenings and weekends. The Graduate Assistant assists with Physical Education lessons and other co-curriculum events as directed by the Deputy Head.

The Graduate Assistant (Sports) supports and promotes the policies and procedures held in the Staff Handbook and the School Handbook, including the Stoke College Safeguarding Policy and other policies that promote the welfare and care of pupils. The post of Graduate Assistant complies with the school’s Data Protection Policy Implementation by School and Staff, as well as its Privacy Notice, contained and referenced in the Staff Handbook.

Graduate Assistant Duties

  • Contribute fully to the boarding programme, including evening shifts and 'wake-up' calls as per the agreed rota, under the direction of the Head of Boarding
  • Assist the Deputy Head, where necessary
  • Assist the PE/Games Department, as directed by the Deputy Head
  • Open, prepare and set up equipment at Sports Ground and/or before Games/PE Sessions
  • Coach Games alongside PE and Games Staff
  • Accompany school teams at sports fixtures (occasionally returning after 5.00 pm)
  • Assist at Stoke College events on Saturday mornings, including open mornings.
  • Provide administrative support to the school offices, as directed
  • Undertake break and supervisory duties as designated by the Deputy Head
  • Provide pupil welfare/first aid as required
  • Assist with the School Library where necessary
  • Cover for absent colleagues as directed by the Deputy Head
  • Attend school Outings and Trips (Residential) as required by Senior Management

Other General School Duties

  • Accept responsibility for the welfare and care of all pupils at the school, at any time
  • Be a member of a House, supporting its pupils and assisting in one of its constituent Vertical Groups
  • Attend staff meetings, parent meetings and other meetings, within or outside normal school hours, according to the
  • Meetings Schedule and as required by Senior Management
  • Attend major school events, such as the Carol Service and Prize Giving, outside normal school hours
  • Attend all Staff Study Days, according to Term Dates for Staff and the Meetings Schedule
  • Working Time Beyond Agreed Hours
  • The Graduate Assistant is sometimes required to attend meetings, Staff INSET Days, major school events, or accompany Outings or Trips which may occur outside their agreed working hours.

Boarding at Stoke.

There are 2 boarding houses at Stoke – the Stables and Main House. Students can board on a flexi, weekly or fulltime basis and most boarders are fulltime. The boarders range from Year 8 to 13 and are predominantly GCSE or A level students.

You will join a dedicated and experienced boarding team who will support you in making a full contribution to boarding life. The mid-week and weekend activity programme will allow you to share your passions and expertise with the boarders. Trips are organised every weekend and all full-time boarders participate in them. You will be encouraged to plan, organise, and deliver a range of activities to the boarders which enhance their cultural, social and life experiences.

In joining the boarding team you will be part of an increasingly diverse community committed to ensuring Stoke is a ‘home from home’ for our boarders.

Sport at Stoke

Sport is an essential part of Stoke College life. There is a wide and varied sports programme on offer that provides competitive and recreational opportunities for pupils of all levels – from enthusiasts to elite athletes – to ensure that pupils lead healthy and fulfilling lives at College and beyond.

Stoke has recently developed a range of pupils in representative sports, such as cross country running, swimming and dancing. Our focus is now on developing team sports to complement the array of individual talents that have been nurtured. Our pupils are keen on sport and we would expect you to contribute to fixtures during the week, as well as leading sports teams and coordinating some practices. The Sports Department is made up of 3 full-time members of staff and we are seeking a graduate assistant to be a vital part of this team. Teachers across the school also contribute to teams and other sporting clubs.

Why work for Stoke College?

Situated in 32 acres of historic parkland in a rural setting, the school is an idyllic environment, which offers our pupils a wonderful start in life. We provide an exceptional learning environment where the emphasis is placed on outstanding teaching and the individual progress of all children. The College is a happy, welcoming and inclusive school. Our nurturing approach places the utmost importance on each child achieving their full potential.

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Stoke College
Stoke by ClareSudburySuffolkCO10 8JEUnited Kingdom
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