HEAD OF BOARDING SCHOOL
The boarding community will consist of around 28 boarders both local and international. The Head of Boarding will oversee the day to day management of the house. The Boarding School team will comprise of assistant housemaster/mistress, on call’ teachers, chef and a dedicated housekeeping team.
The strengths of boarding at Northfields is the friendly family atmosphere and the extensive programme of activities, trips and social events. Boarding operates on a basis of trust and respect in which every individual boarder is valued and encouraged to develop their full potential in all areas of life.
- Dynamic, forward-thinking open-minded leadership of the boarding community.
- Strategic leadership and development of boarding which supports the philosophy, aims and policies of the School, and promotes a high level of achievement in all areas of boarding life.
- Ensure that parents and guardians are well informed about the School’s boarding policies and all aspects of the care and welfare of boarding students.
- Participate in the admission and selection of boarders to the School in liaison with the Admissions Registrar – Pre Nursery & Boarding.
- Design and implement a reporting procedure to send to the parents and guardians on a half termly basis.
- Oversee the work of the Boarding Team and meet with them regularly to discuss boarding matters and ensure consistency across the boarding school, particularly in relation to Boarding Regulations and welfare issues.
- Deploy, train and develop all boarding staff to make the most effective use of their skills, expertise and experience and to ensure that all boarding staff have a clear understanding of their roles, duties and responsibilities.
- Establish and maintain a routine for the boarding School.
Pastoral and Administrative responsibilities:
- Ensure the School’s compliance with the regulatory requirements of the National Minimum Boarding Standards (UK Standards) and to liaise with the Headmaster in preparation and running of the boarding inspection.
- Ensuring a visible and active presence in the boarding community and boarding school in order to develop a relationship with all boarders.
- Keep the Headmaster and other appropriate staff informed of pastoral issues relating to any students in the boarding community.
- Inform and consult with the Headmaster concerning any serious student breaches of discipline or good conduct, and maintain a record of any disciplinary issue requiring school action.
- Ensure that medical matters are dealt as per the school practice, liaising with the nurse, the Sports Department and the students’ parents and guardians as appropriate.
- Ensure that all appropriate registration/attendance/absence records are kept for all boarders including signing in and out of the Boarding School and clear whereabouts of boarders during weekends.
- In conjunction with the boarding team organise and participate in the programme of activities, trips, social events and Activities Weekends which play a key role in ensuring the very special boarding experience.
- Responsible for the annual review and update of the following Handbooks: Boarders’ Handbook, Parents’ and Guardians’ Handbook, Boarding Staff Handbook
- Carry out fire practices in boarding time in accordance with the School’s policies and maintain a record of fire practices.
- Liaise with the Boarding Team; carry out risk assessments in order to ensure that all matters related to the safety, welfare and security of boarders are fully met.
- Liaise with the Facilities team and procurement in maintaining and adding to the fabric of the boarding school and in matters relating to the Maintenance Staff.
- Liaise with the Facilities Manager in all matters relating to the maintenance of the Boarding House.
- Ensure that boarders’ views are secured on a regular basis through questionnaires and Boarders’ Council Meetings.
- Represent the interest and needs of the boarding community to the Headmaster and the Board of Directors and play a leading advisory role in the long-term development of boarding.
- Attend relevant meetings as required.
- Be part of the recruitment process for the appointment of all boarding staff.
The successful candidate should possess the job specification as outlined below:
- A degree or any relevant qualifications pertaining to the nature of the job
- PGCE desirable
- Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is desirable
- First aid Qualification essential but can be attained in situ
- A good honours graduate in a relevant academic discipline and preferably capable of teaching up to IGCSE, A level and IB diploma programme.
- Passionate about and dedicated to boarding.
- Innovative thinker and a flexible approach.
- Aware of Health & Safety issues.
- Capable of working independently and as part of a team
- Calmness and efficiency and the ability to work under pressure at certain times.
- A friendly, professional approach capable of inspiring confidence in colleagues, students, existing parents and future prospective parents.
- Understanding of the nature of boarding in independent education and meeting the requirements of all boarders.
- Willingness to work hard with energy and enthusiasm realising that the post involves being fully committed during term time.
- Ideally suitable for a single or married couple. However, there is no dependent accommodation.
- Excellent ICT skills
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to relate to people on all levels with Emotional intelligence
- Outstanding organisational and administrative skills
- Ability to make decision under pressure when required
- Ability to handle unforeseen circumstances
- Competitive salary
- Fully furnished accommodation (including all utilities)
- All meals included
- Health care benefit
- Private pension
Northfields reserves the right to make an appointment anytime should a suitable candidate comes forward.