Boarding School Houseparent MAH-Jobs
BOARDING HOUSEPARENT - OXFORD (INTERIM or PERMANENT)
Competitive salary - Accommodation
Our client is a co-educational independent day and boarding school in Oxford for students aged 11 - 18. The school roll currently stands at c 470, and this is set to grow having established itself as a thriving, forward-looking and highly successful school with a robustly distinctive ethos, an outstanding staff team, and a strong reputation for the quality of its educational and pastoral provision.
An immediate vacancy has arisen for a Houseparent to assist with the provision of pastoral and health care of the pupils and 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 there. A competitive salary as well as residential accommodation is on offer together with a competitive salary commensurate with this important term-time only post.
Duties and responsibilities:
· Create and maintain a happy, safe, warm and homely environment which is conducive to the students feeling at ease and being able to live and work happily in the House;
· Lead in the creation of suitable standards of behaviour for the students in their care;
· Be responsible for the smooth, orderly and effective running of the House and for the welfare, safety and wellbeing of the boarders in it;
· Make sure that students (boarders and visitors) are appropriately and effectively supervised.
· Foster a sense of House identity and spirit by encouraging students to participate actively in House activities and by supporting such events as a figurehead for the House;
· Ensure that the House rules are being followed at all times and address any infringements that may occur. Also ensure that students are always back in the House by the prescribed time in the evening;
· Ensure that students treat the belongings of others and the fabric and furnishings of the House appropriately and with respect;
· Foster a positive atmosphere in the House and aim always to be fair and consistent in daily interactions with students, not least in the way that school and House rules are applied and any infringements dealt with;
· Be open to sensible requests and suggestions from students for ways in which the running of, and the provision in, the House may be improved, and discuss these with the Head of Boarding;
· Meet prospective students and parents and show them around the House as and when asked to do so by the Head of Boarding or another senior member of staff.
· Maintain regular contact with the colleagues in the Boarding Office and with other teaching and admin colleagues as appropriate.
· Attend House meetings along with the Head of Boarding. These usually take place once every half term though additional meetings may be called if and when the need arises;
· Organise and run weekend activities for students in the House that complement the school programme;
· Build and maintain open, cordial and constructive relationships with the parents and guardians of boarders and respond promptly and helpfully to any communications and requests from them;
· Be sensitive to, and promote good relations with, neighbours and other members of the local community;
· Be responsible for mentoring the Boarding Assistants and overseeing the boarding-related aspects of their work;
· Respond promptly and deal with any emergencies or unexpected situations that may occur at any time.