Graduate Boarding Assistant
Full time, term time (fixed term)
Start ASAP - July 2023
We are seeking a Graduate Boarding Assistant (Sport) to support the Housemistress/master in the smooth running of the House. You will live and work at the School for the academic year September 2022 – July 2023. The job available is designed to give recent graduates an opportunity to gain experience of living and working in a boarding school environment, perhaps prior to embarking on a PGCE, or to taking up a full teaching position. We are seeking confident, resilient, well-rounded personalities with good flexibility to be able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Boarding at Headington
Boarding is available at Headington School for girls aged 11 and upwards, and the boarding community plays a key role in school life. It provides girls with a secure environment in which to learn to become individuals with a sound set of values. Successful boarding is based on trust and mutual respect and as the girls are nurtured within the boarding community they learn to embrace these values which provide such a sound basis for life. Long lasting friendships are formed within the boarding community and provide the kind of cross-cultural links which are so essential to life. The boarding community plays a key role in school life. We have c200 boarders: these are a mix of full, weekly, half-weekly and occasional boarders. There are five separate boarding houses on the campus: Davenport, Hillstow, Napier, Celia Marsh and MacGregor. Each house has a slightly different format of age groups, and each has its own sense of individuality; whilst at the same time working in unity with the other houses in order to create a whole boarding community. Each house is run by a residential team consisting of a Housemistress/master and Assistant Housemistress/master and a residential Graduate Boarding Assistant. They are also assisted by a Matron.
This role is a full-time, term-time, fixed-term position starting as soon as possible until July 2023.
You will be part of a boarding team that supports the academic and pastoral progress of the girls whilst they are away from home.
- To undertake any tasks relevant to the work of the House/area of expertise or the needs of the girls, as these may arise.
- Your hours of work will be approximately 55 hours per week during term time; however will not exceed an average of 48 hours per week (over a 17-week period).
- To be a member of the staff team and to make a positive contribution in all areas concerning the welfare of the girls.
Qualifications and Experience
- degree or equivalent
- embarking or studying towards a PGCE or taking up a full-time teaching position
- excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to deal confidently with a wide range of people including staff and pupils
- approachable at all times and is empathetic to the needs of others
- good time management and organisational skills
- an effective team member with the ability to use own initiative when appropriate
- able to work flexibly as workloads require and takes ownership of individual tasks
- excellent attention to detail and actively questions and clarifies information
- knows when to ask for support and advice from others
- creates a positive and credible school image
- a good role model and demonstrates professionalism at all times
- demonstrates a basic understanding of the roles and ethos of school life (desirable)
- sense of humour and enthusiasm, with a mature attitude
Terms of Appointment
Type of Contract
Full time, term time, fixed term starting as soon as possible until July 2023
Contributory membership of the School’s Support Staff Pension Scheme with a School contribution of up to 9.95 per cent upon successful completion of six months’ service.
In accordance with the School’s policy, which may be subject to change, up to 50 per cent fee remission for girls attending Headington School and up to 20 per cent fee remission for boys attending Magdalen College School (under a reciprocal agreement) and subject to the terms of their policy. Fee remission is calculated on the number of weeks and hours worked and is pro rata for part-time staff.
All staff have access to a broad programme of wellbeing activities. The programme currently includes access to the School’s gym and swimming pool, weekly Step and Tone and Zumba classes and regular staff social activities such as Book Club and Staff Choir. Staff also benefit from free access to the Employee Assistance Programme, a free, confidential helpline that offers advice on a range of issues. Free restricted parking is available for all staff on site.
Appointment Process and How To Apply
Applicants should submit an application form and a covering letter detailing their skills and experience to email@example.com
- Applications will only be accepted from candidates completing the application form in full. CVs will not be accepted in substitution for completed application forms. However, they may be sent in addition to the application form.
- We will seek references on shortlisted candidates and will approach previous employers for information to verify particular experience or qualifications, before the interview. References will ask about your suitability to work with children.
- If you are invited to interview you will receive notification outlining the interview process and guidance regarding the documentation you are required to provide.
Closing Date: Please apply immediately
All appointments are subject to satisfactory completion of all employment checks, ie references, Disclosure and Barring Service, medical questionnaire, Right to Work in the UK. Headington School is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and DBS and barred lists checks. The School expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.