Head of Boarding

St. Peter's International SchoolPortugal

The position

This is a new role which is being created as a consequence of construction and opening of a new Boarding Residence at St. Peter’s International School.

The Head of Boarding will work closely with the Head of School and will have high level, responsibility in a number of areas:

Pastoral and Administrative Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with, and develop further, a working knowledge of relevant legislation including the Children Act, Child Protection Act, Human Rights Act, Health & Safety at Work Act and the legal rights of children.
  • Ensuring a visible and active presence in the boarding community, in order to develop a relationship with all boarders.
  • Keep the Head and other appropriate staff informed of pastoral issues relating to any student in the boarding community and manage these in conjunction with the Deputy Head.
  • Inform and consult with the Deputy Head of serious student breaches of discipline or good conduct and maintain a record of punishments awarded.
  • Ensure that medical matters are dealt with appropriately, liaising with the Health Centre, the Sports Department and the students’ parents and guardians as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all appropriate registration/attendance/absence records are kept for all boarders, including signing in and out of the residence and clear whereabouts of boarders during weekends.


  • In conjunction with the Boarding Team arrange, organise and participate in the programme of activities, trips, social events and activities weekends which play a key role in ensuring a special boarding experience.
  • Carry out fire practices in boarding time in accordance with the School’s policies and maintain a record of fire practices.
  • Liaise with the Boarding Team to carry out risk assessments in order to ensure that all matters related to the safety, welfare and security of boarders are fully met.
  • Liaise with the House Parents, Site Supervisor and Housekeeper in all matters relating to the maintenance of the House.
  • Ensure that boarders’ views are secured on a regular basis through questionnaires and Boarders’ Council Meetings.
  • Represent the interest and needs of the boarding community.
  • Attend Head of House meetings and other relevant meetings as required.
  • Be responsible for the appointment of all boarding staff.

The profile

The successful candidate is likely to match most or all of the following characteristics:

  • A good honours graduate in a relevant academic discipline and capable of teaching up to A level.
  • Passionate about, and dedicated to, the benefits of a boarding education.
  • Innovative thinker and a flexible approach.
  • Successful experience in a boarding post
  • with significant leadership and management responsibility.
  • Aware of Health & Safety issues in boarding and the National Minimum Boarding Standards.
  • Strong interpersonal and decision-making skills.
  • Capable of formulating and expressing an independent view and of working collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Calmness and efficiency and the ability to work under pressure and multitask.
  • A friendly, professional approach capable of inspiring confidence in colleagues, students, existing parents and future prospective parents.
  • Excellent communication skills, oral, written and in the use of digital technology.
  • Outstanding organisational and administrative skills.
  • Aware of the nature of the School and prepared to commit to its all-round ethos and values.
  • Willingness to work hard with energy and enthusiasm, realising that the post involves commitment seven days a week during term time.


  • Supporting all school activities including attendance at and participation in events, parents’ evenings, Open Days and other significant calendar events.
  • A light teaching commitment to be decided on appointment and reviewed on an annual basis, to change according to the needs of the
  • School and the demands of the role.
  • Carrying out any other duties in line with the broad responsibilities of the role.
  • Please note that the successful candidate will be expected to reside sufficiently near to the School to enable emergency cover and on-call duty responsibilities to be shared with the
  • Head, the Head of Boarding, and other staff as appropriate.


The salary will be highly competitive and commensurate with the significance and importance of the post and the experience of the successful candidate. In addition, health insurance will be made available to the successful candidate.

The recruitment process

The closing date for applications: 09.00 GMT Friday 5 February

All candidates will be contacted following the closing date to let them know if they have been successful in progressing with their application

In order to apply, please submit an application form and a comprehensive CV along with a covering letter which sets out your interest in the role and encapsulates the aspects of your experience relevant to the required criteria. Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of three referees. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.

The preferred method of application is online at: www.odgers.com/81780 

All applications will receive an automated response. 

Personal data

IIn line with GDPR, we ask that you do NOT send us any information that can identify children or any of your Sensitive Personal Data (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning health or sex life and sexual orientation, genetic and / or biometric data) in your CV and application documentation. Following this notice, any inclusion of your Sensitive Personal Data in your CV/application documentation will be understood by us as your express consent to process this information going forward. Please also remember to not mention anyone’s information or details (e.g. referees) who have not previously agreed to their inclusion.


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St Peter’s International School and Inspired are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the relevant authorities.

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