Job Summary

The Houseparent is at all times responsible for the administrative, academic and pastoral well-being of their House.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Job Description
The Houseparent is at all times responsible for the administrative, academic and pastoral well-being of their House. In this they have the assistance of their Tutor teams, domestic staff, and Prefect team but it is important that the Houseparent is regarded as the figurehead by both pupils and parents for s/he alone can ensure the continuity and assurance needed for the well-being of the House.

The Houseparent’s responsibilities can be divided into the pastoral responsibility for members of their Houses as individuals and the administrative responsibility of ensuring the smooth running of the routine of the House as an entity.

In their leadership and utilisation of the Tutor team and House Prefect team they have overall responsibility for the academic, pastoral, cultural, spiritual and physical well-being of each member of the House.

Pastoral Responsibilities for individuals:
(a) Pastoral:

•    Awareness of day-to-day problems of individual pupils and in student/student, student/staff and student/parent relationships.
•    Maintaining close contact with parents both individually and by occasional e-mails and updates.
•    Ensuring that guardians for overseas pupils are in place and effective.
•    Undertaking tours of the House for prospective parents and pupils.
•    Offering counselling and guidance, enlisting help from other appropriate persons.
•    Communication to colleagues when appropriate and contacting parents when necessary.

(b) Academic:
•    Leading a team of tutors to ensure the academic progress of pupils.
•    Consideration of student rewards and contributing to student Reports.
•    Liaise with colleagues regarding new pupils and discussion on set changes, extra tuition, referrals etc.
•    Liaising with relevant staff to contribute to future school choices and scholarship potential.

(c) Cultural:
•    Offer encouragement, support, and advice to pupils in their participation in drama, music, societies and social activities.

(d) Physical:
•    Offer encouragement and support to pupils in their Games activities, School matches and House matches.
•    Liaise with the Health Staff regarding fitness and health of pupils and ensure all relevant medical information is passed between parents, Health Staff and Registrar when appropriate.

(f) Medical:
•    Liaising with school sister about pupils.
•    Monitor specific medical conditions where appropriate and visit pupils in San when necessary.
2. Administrative Responsibilities
•    Setting rotas for all house parents, tutors and house staff.
•    Oversee house staff and ensure the house and all the children’s property is clean and well looked after.
•    Leading all aspects of the work of the Tutor team and domestic staff.
•    Completing all administrative tasks properly and efficiently to ensure the smooth running of the House.
•    Implementation and support of all School policies.
•    Ensuring that Fire Regulations are known and followed and supporting regular checks and fire practices as required.
•    Monitoring pupils' half term and end-of-term travel arrangements.

Person Specification

Pembroke House School seeks to employ as Houseparent a person who:

•    has a clear commitment to the Safeguarding of pupils in line with the policies and practices of the school and has a good working knowledge of Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE 2014);
•    has already had significant and appropriate pastoral experience within a boarding school environment;
•    has a deep commitment to the pastoral care of pupils within a boarding environment;
•    can demonstrate significant school administrative experience;
•    has good skills in verbal and written communication and is able to engage all stakeholders;
•    can work as part of a team as well as managing and leading colleagues;
•    is a person of warmth, humour and integrity;
•    can demonstrate a passion for nurturing the specific talents of individual young people.
•    has the wisdom, moral courage and imaginative leadership qualities necessary for leading a boarding House in the 21st century;
•    is in sympathy with the Pembroke House ethos;
•    has a willingness to participate fully in the extra-curricular programme of the School.

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