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Graduate Housemistress
Closing Date:  15 March 2018
Telephone: 01474 823371
Salary:  £15,000 per annum pro-rata
Job Description: 

Graduate Housemistress

Required for September 2018

Applications are invited for the post of Graduate Housemistress.  We are looking for an energetic and dynamic person interested in working with girls of a range of ages, abilities and backgrounds.  The post will be for a fixed term contract from 30th August 2018 – 30th June 2019.

Please visit the School website

for further details and an application form and return your completed form to Mrs Slater, at the email address below.   CVs will not be considered unless they are accompanied by a Cobham Hall application form.

Closing date for applications is 6.00pm on Thursday 15th March 2018, with interviews week beginning Monday 19th March 2018.

 As a Round Square School, Cobham Hall is committed to the six ideals exemplified by its motto:  “There is more in you than you think”.

The right candidate will be given a comprehensive Induction programme and further training, as well as a mentor.  There will be plenty of opportunities to put newly-acquired knowledge into practice and make a difference to our students’ lives, both within Boarding and in the School environment generally.

Based on your qualifications and ambitions, we will tailor your programme to ensure that you will gain maximum experience and increase your employability by broadening and improving your skill set and developing professionally.  You will work in an international community where your communication skills will come to the fore and improve as you will come into daily contact with students from all over the world, their parents, educational agents and guardians.  You will learn how to deal with pastoral issues and positively contribute to our students’ well-being whilst being supported by senior staff throughout.

Salary will be £15,000 per annum pro-rata.  Free accommodation will be provided during the period of your contract.  You will only be required to work during term times and meals will be provided during these periods. Other benefits include contributory pension scheme.  

The School is an equal opportunities employer.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Successful applicants are subject to a DBS check.


Responsible to:  Housemistress.

Aim of Post:

To contribute to the organisation and resources of the House; to provide for the safety, good discipline and pastoral wellbeing of all pupils in the House.

The Graduate Housemistress is expected:


a)     To contribute to the induction arrangements for new pupils joining the House; to ensure that any “settling in” problems are resolved.

b)        To provide a sympathetic presence in the House and to be sensitive to those who are having difficulties coping with School life; to liaise closely with other relevant staff concerning the progress and welfare of pupils.

c)         To be responsible for the care, supervision, cleanliness and presentation of pupils in the House, co-ordinating and liaising with other Boarding staff as necessary.

d)        To be aware of the School uniform and clothing requirements of pupils, and to ensure that they have all the items they require; to be responsible for the good standard of clothing of pupils, arranging for clothing to be sent to and return from the Laundry.

e)         To ensure that the individual circumstances, needs, strengths and weaknesses of each pupil are identified and known, so that individual opportunities, talents and potential are developed and maximised.

f)         To implement supervision; to ensure the safety and security (including emotional) of all pupils at all times when they are in the School’s charge (including meal times, Prep time, weekends and on expeditions and outings).

g)         To liaise with the School Nurse to ensure that pupils’ medical requirements are properly catered for; to encourage pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

h)             To ensure that pupils’ clothes and personal belongings are used appropriately and stored securely and tidily; to ensure that pupils treat the belongings of others, and the fabric and furnishings of the House, with respect.

i)               To develop, in the pupils, a collective responsibility to be aware of the difficulties or problems of others, and to offer such support and help for each other as is appropriate.

j)               To ensure that pupils make use of the full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities available and pupils are appropriately occupied, especially at weekends. To produce a parents’ newsletter every half term for the website. To regularly post appropriate boarding content on the Boarding Twitter account.

k)              To be aware of the academic strengths and weaknesses of pupils; to liaise with Group Tutors to ensure that relevant background circumstances of pupils are known and discussed; to ensure that the conditions and supervision in evening Prep are conducive to effective academic progress.

l)               To counsel pupils at a time and place which is conducive to good communication, concerning any emotional, academic, social or behavioural problems they may have; to fulfil the requirements of the School’s policy on Safeguarding.

m)           To take part in appropriate staff cover arrangements for other staff if needed.

n)             To escort pupils, as required, to emergency appointments.

o)             To attend Boarding staff meetings as required.



p)             To support the School’s Behaviour and Discipline Policy and, by encouragement and reward and by a clearly understood and fair system of sanctions, foster an acceptance of the Code of Conduct of the House and School, to inform the Head of any cases of severe bullying, substance misuse or sexual misconduct.

q)             At the end of the holidays (especially if the House has been used for holiday lettings), to supervise the preparation of bedrooms; to carry out a check on furnishings to ensure that all are in good order, repairs carried out, and that bedrooms are clean and presentable. 

r)              At the end of term, to help with the clearing up and cleaning of the House.

s)              To take part in such performance management or staff review arrangements made by the School.

t)               Through mutual agreement and interest provide teaching assistance in Degree-related subjects if available and appropriate.


To perform any other key tasks which the Head or other member of the Leadership Team may reasonably assign.

Person Specification

Personal Skills

Able to:

  • motivate and inspire all pupils
  • work as part of the Boarding staff team, and the wider whole School staff team
  • communicate efficiently and unambiguously with pupils and staff
  • be a good administrator
  • apply sound IT skills


Personal Qualities

  • Commitment to the ethos of the School, especially its commitment to internationalism and inclusivity
  • Enthusiasm and stamina -  Boarding staff work long hours and need to be able to be positive at all times
  • Approachability
  • Professionalism and integrity
  • Cope under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Have a sense of humour!

The School is an equal opportunities employer.  We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  Successful applicants are subject to a DBS check.