Houseparent for Girls Boarding House

12 Feb 2018
16 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

From September 2018, we have a vacancy for a teacher to be Houseparent in a boarding-house for up to 48 boarders aged 13 – 18.

Sunley House is the girls’ boarding house at The Purcell School. Sunley House is a community of over 48 students aged between years 9 and 13. Boarders live in an atmosphere of friendliness and encouragement from the Houseparent(s).

Boarding is central to life at The Purcell School. Students are musically gifted, academically able and come from different cultural backgrounds, making a very lively and cosmopolitan environment and an exciting opportunity for a teacher with strong pastoral experience wishing to further develop their leadership skills. It would particularly suit someone who was looking to move on to a senior leadership role in due course.

A job description can be found below, but in essence the houseparent takes full responsibility for the welfare of his/her students during term time. Acting in a parental role, he/she will look after and nurture the girls as they progress through the House, encouraging and helping them to make the most of the opportunities available to them at this very special school. This is a challenging but hugely rewarding role.

Boarding provision and pastoral care at The Purcell School have developed substantially in recent years – a successful Independent Schools’ Inspectorate report from 2014 can be viewed on our website. Potential candidates are also invited to view videos about boarding:

The incoming Houseparent will work as part of a team of four Houseparents supported in their house by resident graduate assistants, house tutors and a resident matron, who themselves are supported by a team of matrons, housekeepers, the School Nurse and School Counsellor. All staff, whether academic, musical, pastoral or support, recognise the importance of the welfare of all students and give freely of their time to ensure that students feel supported.

Although the successful candidate will have resident support along with other non-resident staff who help with evening duties, this is not a post for someone who counts their hours. Overnight and weekend supervision will be required. It is a major role within the school, and provides an exceptional opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of talented young musicians.

The Purcell School runs as a full boarding school, with many students in residence seven days a week. However, a significant number go home for at least some weekends, and there is an ‘exeat’ weekend most half terms, when all boarders are required to go home or to guardians.

It is intended to appoint a teacher to this post, although with a reduced timetable in recognition of the additional responsibilities and demands inherent in the post. Applications from any discipline taught at The Purcell School are welcome, however English or General Science (chemistry) are preferred.

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