Houseparent, Edinburgh

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St Mary's Music SchoolEdinburgh
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Start date: Autumn Term
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: £21,600 to £22,180
Contract term: Permanent

St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, is seeking to appoint two full-time Houseparents, to work in the Boarding House team responsible for boarders’ welfare and pastoral care.  Work is on a shift pattern, working evenings, overnights and weekends.

The successful candidate will work closely with all boarding house staff, including the Boarding House Manager, Head of Guidance and Headteacher, to develop consistent and effective pastoral care of all boarders.  Houseparents are responsible for ensuring that boarders’ wellbeing and happiness is met and ensuring boarders remain safe and well looked after. 

Houseparents should be energetic, adaptable and sympathetic to the needs of young musicians and ideally should have a background or training in pastoral care.  

All Houseparents in independent schools are required to be registered with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) or with the General Teaching Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Social Care Council or other approved regulatory body.  The school supports employees who are not already registered with an approved regulatory body to complete a suitable course leading to full registration with the SSSC.  Failure to complete a suitable course within a suitable time frame may lead to termination of employment.

For those who are already registered with an approved body, job specific training will also be offered.

The post will be full-time, permanent, and commences in August 2019.  There is a competitive salary, generous holiday allowance and contributory pension scheme available.

The School

St Mary’s Music School is Scotland’s specialist music school and the Choir School of St Mary’s Cathedral; situated in a leafy campus in the heart of Edinburgh, it is co-educational, day and boarding.  The School provides specialist music training and an impressive and stimulating academic education for boys and girls aged 9 – 19 showing special ability and potential in music.  

There are around 80 full-time pupils including up to 38 boarders.  Entry is by audition and rigorous assessment and pupils gain a place on the basis of musical ability and potential, regardless of personal circumstances.  Government and school funding, up to 100%, is available through the Aided Places scheme to assist with the cost of tuition and boarding fees. 

St Mary’s Music School aims to offer the highest possible standard of education and musical training in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment, and all staff are expected to support pupils and encourage them to achieve of their best.  




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