School Houseparent

Careerline Ltd
£18500/annum Accommodation
13 Jul 2017
12 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Competitive salary - Accommodation

Our client is a highly regarded, co-educational independent school in Kirkham, Lancashire, England. It was founded in 1549. Its roots can be traced back to the chantry school attached to St Michael's Church in the 13th century.

A vacancy has arisen for a Houseparent for a September start. A suitable candidate is therefore required to assist the House Parent (Academic) in the provision of pastoral and health care of the pupils. To oversee the smooth running of the domestic side of the Boarding House, thus helping to ensure the general well-being of all who work and live in the Boarding House. A competitive salary as well as year round residential accommodation is on offer commensurate with this important term-time only post.

a) The general supervision and welfare of all Boarders when on duty.

b) To oversee the allocation of Boarders to rooms.

c) To set and expect high standards of behaviour from pupils, particularly in their relationships with others and in line with the standards and expectations of the school community.

d) To be available for Parents/Boarders when they leave or return from holidays,
June 2017

weekends, exeats, etc. This includes ensuring that the House has been left in a clean and tidy manner, and that all personal effects have been removed/secured, as well as arranging suitable transport as required

e) To be responsible, in conjunction with the House Parent (Academic) and Housekeeper, for the general organisation and preparation of the Boarding House before the start of the term and at the end of each term, including liaison with the Admissions Officer regarding passport and visa administration.

f) To liaise with the House Parent (Academic), Resident Graduate Boarding Assistants, Sessional Staff, Parents, Guardians and professional bodies as required.

g) To accompany Boarders as required, on medical appointments (dentist, orthodontist, hospital) and to liaise with Medical staff, Parents and main school as appropriate.

h) To take responsibility for the welfare of pupils in boarding; to be available to listen to their problems and worries and get involved in the organisation of pupil activities in the evenings and at weekends.

i) To be sensitive to Boarders who may be experiencing difficulties with school life and to refer when appropriate to do so.

j) To attend regular meetings with the House Parent (Academic), to implement decisions resulting from such meetings and to work generally as part of a flexible team.
k) To ensure the safety of Boarders at all times.
l) During the term, support and manage pupils who are expected to tidy their own areas, change and make their beds and leave rooms tidy, ensuring that curtains are drawn, ICT items taken in and lights turned off before school each day. Assist Boarders in collating laundry as per the rota and supervise collection.
m) Planning in advance weekend activities for boarders within cost limits agreed with the Head, and ensuring that relevant staff on duty are fully briefed to carry out the planned activity.
n) To ensure, in conjunction with the House Parent (Academic) and all duty staff that the House is secure at all times in accordance with the House Security Plan. This includes the need to ensure pupils sign in and out and that entrances and exits are monitored at all times, but particularly at bedtimes where all window and doors must be checked and the link door between the boys' and girls' accommodation is locked.
o) To manage, in conjunction with the House Parent (Academic) and other duty staff, all Fire Evacuation procedures and monitor and promote the safeguarding of all Boarders as detailed in the school's Safeguarding Policy.
p) To ensure that adequate catering provision is made for the boarders, and organise opportunities for pupil voice to be heard in relation to this
q) To ensure each pupil's clothing is clean, smart and in good repair; organise repairs as necessary and replacements through the school shop.
r) Liaising with the Assistant Bursar regarding any additional charges that need to be made in relation to Boarders' activities, extra travel costs or breakages.
s) To support and implement the school's family ethos and policies in general within the Boarding House, so as to create a friendly and happy atmosphere