Housemistress Job

  • Sector: Childcare
  • Function: Schools Pastoral Care
  • Contact: Kelly Bothomley
  • Contact Phone: +442076300545
  • Start Date: ASAP or January 2024
  • Location: Watford
  • Salary: £30,000 - £33,000 GPA
  • Job Ref: 112641
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Residential House Parent Job

The Job:

  • To lead, manage and monitor the running of the boarding house in accordance with the DfE National Minimum standards for boarding schools.

  • To act “in loco parentis” for the pupils and to provide all boarders with the best possible experience of a boarding education by ensuring a supportive environment: a home from home for boarders in order that they thrive academically and pastorally.

  • To ensure the safety, good discipline and pastoral well-being of all boarders.

  • To manage effectively and efficiently the staffing, organisation and resources of the Boarding House.

  • To oversee Health and Safety standards and requirements within the Boarding House Care, Welfare and Development of Boarding Pupils.

  • The House Parent should know each girl personally and be concerned for her development – academic, social and personal welfare.

  • Liaise with Heads of Year, Form Tutors and senior staff in respect of each girl.

  • Develop awareness of general health, hygiene, eating and sleeping natures and liaise with the School Nurse on a regular basis, i.e. (i) ensuring that every girl attends all meals and supervised study as a matter of course by completing the relevant registers and (ii) establish and maintain an orderly bedtime routine.

  • Develop, in the pupils, a sense of collective responsibility and sensitivity to the difficulties and needs, of others, and to encourage such support and help for each other as is appropriate.

  • Ensure the safety and security (physical and emotional) of all pupils in the House at all times when they are in the school’s care.

  • Maintaining administration files detailing procedures and routines

  • Maintaining individual student files including, as appropriate individual welfare plans/individual education plans

Accommodation / Residential Requirements

  • House staff are required to reside at the School during term time when on duty. Accommodation for this post is in the Main Building. It is not suitable for families. The entire school site is a non-smoking area. All meals are provided free for staff during term time. House staff are responsible for the cleaning of their own accommodation although suitable equipment and materials can be provided.

  • It is intended that the House Parent will have 2 consecutive days off during a week’s duty and will have ½ a day over the weekend off duty. Boarding staff may use the School sports facilities (at allocated staff times).

House Parent – Person Specification 

  • Experience of working with young people in a school setting

  • Experience of working in a residential setting

  • Experience of leadership and management

  • Understand the importance of developing appropriate working relationships with young people

  • Possess good organisational skills.

  • Set high standards for self and others.

  • Be able to delegate.

  • Be able to motivate.

  • Be willing to hold people to account.

  • Willing to engage in the wider life of the school.

  • Keen to run a wide range of outings and activities.

  • Be helpful and have a calm & professional disposition.

  • Possess a professional manner & attitude.

  • Be energetic, enthusiastic and caring .


  • Be fully committed to boarding school life.

  • Hold a UK driving licence.

  • Be prepared to drive/train to drive the school minibus.

Interviews: ASAP

Start: ASAP (or January 2024)

Salary: £30,000-£33,000 dependent on experience 

Accommodation: Single Occupancy provided within the grounds

Responsible Consultant: Kelly B (