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Resident Matron – Lower School House (Years 8 to 11)

Benenden SchoolKent

At Benenden we are passionate about education in its broadest sense. We are a full boarding school with exceptional facilities and are committed, through our Complete Education, that every pupil will leave at the end of the Sixth Form full of compassion and confidence to fulfil her ambition, embrace challenge and make a difference.

There are ten Boarding Houses at Benenden and each house plays a central role in supporting the pupils to develop and grow. They are run independently and each member of the boarding team puts their own unique stamp on the House and the pupils’ lives. This role is key to the success of the House and we are looking for a creative, dynamic, people-centred person to join us to continue with our provision of exceptional pastoral care, whilst being innovative and forward thinking. 

The successful candidate will assume responsibility for many of the operational and day to day matters in the House under the direction of the Housemaster. With seventy pupils in the House, there is a need to be organised, IT literate and proactive. They must be prepared to roll their sleeves up and help with all aspects of boarding life. This ranges from dispensing medication, offering care to young people, supporting them to develop their independence, creating a home to live in, being an ear to listen when needed and much more.

This role is incredibly rewarding and you will be working as part of a close, likeminded team in the Boarding House and within the wider School community. You will work particularly closely with the resident Housemaster and their Deputy in looking after the pupils as well as the Day and Evening teams.

This is a demanding role with long hours but the rewards and ability to make a difference to the young people in your care more than makes up for the late nights. There is a generous amount of time off each week. The accommodation is a two bedroomed flat within the boarding house and being a part of boarding life at Benenden offers a rare opportunity to live in 250 acres of beautifully managed grounds.

If our values resonate with you, and you would relish the opportunity to be a part of a busy selective girls’ boarding school community, we would be delighted if you would consider joining our boarding team. Benenden offers its own generous pay structure, responsibility allowances and benefits.  Staff are provided with meals whilst on duty, catering for all tastes and dietary requirements. The School’s leisure facilities, including wonderful grounds, a fitness gym and swimming pool are also available for staff to use. 

As an exceptional School, we want to attract, retain and develop diverse talent at all levels so that our pupils feel and understand the power and depth of a diverse community. This means recruiting from the widest possible pool of talent, removing barriers that can prevent people from showing their full potential, and fostering a fully inclusive environment which maximises collaboration and empowers everyone.

If you would like to know more about the role, have never considered independent schools and would like to find out more, or would like to ask specific questions, please contact Anne Wakefield, Deputy Head Boarding and Pastoral Care on 01580 240592.

To apply, please download the application pack from our website by clicking the apply button. 

Completed applications should be emailed to Mrs Julia Card, Head of HR & Compliance, by 9:00am on Thursday 20 May at  

The post-holder will be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they comes into contact. They must ensure compliance with the School’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. This appointment will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks. Benenden School is committed to equal opportunities and equal pay for all employees.

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