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Boarding Matron

The Prebendal School
Closing date
23 May 2022

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Full Time
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We are now looking for a Boarding Matron to join our busy team in Sussex!

The Prebendal School is the oldest school in Sussex and probably dates back to the foundation of Chichester Cathedral in the eleventh century when it would have been a 'song school' responsible for teaching the choristers. It was re-founded as a grammar school in 1497 by the then Bishop of Chichester, Edward Storey, who attached it to the Prebend of Highleigh, after whom the school was named. The school is now a coeducational day and boarding preparatory school educating children between the ages of 3 and 13 years. Like many other Cathedral Choir Schools, the school occupies a range of buildings in and around the Cathedral Close dating from the original, fourteenth century song school to the modern Highleigh Building built and opened in 2000.

Boarding Matron Duties:

Supervising the day to day running and administration of the boarding area and the conduct of the duties therein and maintenance of all records relating to the department.
Planning the Matrons' duty rota to ensure adequate staff cover in accordance with current regulations.
Supervising the upkeep of the boarding area including general appearance, cleanliness and tidiness of the boarding area, including furnishings and bed linen.
Collating and reporting Health and Safety and maintenance requirements of the boarding area and reporting them to the Bursar.
Representing the boarding area at Health and Safety Committee Meetings and Food Committee Meetings.
Setting in writing and maintaining the boarding area duty routines for all boarding staff to follow.
Greeting new boarders and their parents/guardians as they arrive and inducting them into routines, rules and procedures.
Liaising with parents/guardians concerning pastoral concerns and medical matters ensuring all relevant forms, registers and logs are completed.
Conducting regular meetings with the Assistant Matrons to communicate routine changes, School policy and events information and set expectations.
Supervising the boarders getting up in the mornings and going to bed at night. Including supervising the children making their beds, undertaking weekly bed changing and personally undertaking changing of bed linen that circumstances have dictated require changing immediately.
Attending to boarders' clothing and School sports strips and laundering thereof.
Supervising boarders' washing, showering and general cleanliness and tidiness.
Supervising pupils at meal times and match teas.
Control and Issue of sundry items and recording thereof for recovery through School Bills.
Supervising the children's health and administering First Aid to pupils, referring injured or sick pupils to the appropriate professional medical services as required (and escorting them as applicable).
Undertaking shared administration duties in the Matron's department, including retrieving and actioning email and telephone messages, collating flexi-boarding requirements and ensuring boarding area occupancy is accurately reflected in case of emergencies.
Ensuring that lights are turned off in unoccupied areas, the security of the building is maintained by closing windows and ensuring fire doors are kept shut.
Any other appropriate duties as required by the Head or the Head of Boarding
Boarding Matron Requirements:

Participate in the continuous personal development, participating in appropriate training to maintain up-to-date professional expertise.
To undertake other duties appropriate to the general purpose of the post that may from time to time be reasonably assigned by the Head.
To make a full and active contribution to the extra-curricular life of the school.
To be pro-active on behalf of the school in external matters, particularly in relation to those concerning IAPS and local partnerships with schools
To be aware of any signs of stress, emotional imbalance or learning difficulties and keep appropriate people informed over these concerns
Ensure that each child is working to the best of his/her ability is well disciplined, well mannered, considerate and happy!
If you feel like you meet the above criteria of the Boarding Matron, please apply now!

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 19th April 2022.

The Prebendal School is an equal opportunities employer with a robust Child Protection Policy in force.

A Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be requested in the event of a successful application. The Prebendal School follows the Code of Practice issued by the DBS, a copy of which is available on request. A criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position. The Prebendal School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment
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