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Assistant Housemistress
Closing Date:  15 March 2018
Telephone: 01474 823371
Salary:  £17,000 per annum
Job Description: 

Assistant Housemistress

Required for September 2018

Applications are invited for the residential post of Assistant Housemistress to work in the Year 11 Boarding House.  We are looking for an energetic and dynamic person interested in working with girls of a range of ages, abilities and backgrounds.   Some experience and understanding of the boarding environment is desirable.  Ability and willingness to teach timetabled subject would be advantageous.  Post currently has £17,000 per annum salary but experience and qualifications will also influence.  Free accommodation and food is provided.  Other benefits include contributory pension scheme.  

Please visit our website for further details and an application form or click on the following link:

. Applications must be made on Cobham Hall application forms. CVs alone will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 15th March 2018, with interviews being held during the 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 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 efficiently manage the organisation and resources of the House; to provide for the safety, good discipline and pastoral wellbeing of all pupils in the House.

The Assistant 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 by staff as needed, 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.

k)              To be aware of the academic strengths and weaknesses of pupils; to regularly consult the Students Causing Concern spreadsheet; to ensure that the conditions and supervision in evening prep are conducive to effective academic progress.

l)               To ensure that family incidents and problems are brought to the attention of those who need to know.  To keep clear records of communication with parents/guardians and School staff and to place appropriate documentation on a student’s file in the School office. Through mutual agreement to use every opportunity to cultivate contact and communicate with parents and guardians, to ensure that they are fully informed about their child’s/ward’s welfare.

m)           To keep suitable records of pupils’ progress, welfare, health, emotional problems, achievements and misconduct; to provide such reports and references as may reasonably be required.

n)             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 Child Protection.

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

p)             To liaise with parents and then book holiday travel arrangements for students. To book medical appointments for students as appropriate and to arrange escorts if required.

q)             To attend Boarding staff meetings as required.

r)              To support the School’s Disciplinary 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 in any cases of severe bullying, substance misuse or sexual misconduct.

s)              To ensure that you are familiar with the School’s policies and procedures for child protection, countering bullying, substance misuse and health and safety, and are aware of the appropriate response needed in these areas.

t)               At the end of the holidays (especially if the House has been used for holiday lettings), to prepare 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. 

u)             After the end of term, to assist with the clearing up and cleaning of the House; to carry out a check of all bedding, furniture, fixtures and fittings, preparing a list of repairs and maintenance items required for submission to the Bursar.

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

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

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


Person Specification



  • A teaching qualification is desirable but not essential
  • Relevant first aid qualification is desirable

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, staff and parents
  • 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.