Assistant Houseparent

Closing Date: 3 December 2023
Telephone: 01244 305350
Salary: £20,600
Employment Term: Full TimePermanent


The Assistant Houseparent is responsible for supporting the Houseparent in all matters relating to the pastoral welfare of the pupils in their care. This role is regarded in law as a position of trust in loco parentis between the school and parents and the Houseparent. The Assistant Houseparent is responsible for supporting the Houseparent ensuring the welfare and safety of children and young persons for whom they are responsible, or with whom he/she comes into contact. The Assistant Houseparent must adhere to, and ensure compliance with, the school’s policies at all times.


·To be responsible for the care, welfare and support of all students within the boarding houses ensuring the safety and security (including emotional) of all pupils at all times when they are in the one’s charge (including mealtimes, prep time in the house and on trips and outings).

·To assist the boarding team with the smooth running of the boarding house, providing a homely and welcoming environment for all students, staff, and parents.

· To instruct and communicate with students regularly on the day’s issues, forthcoming events, reminders, and matters relating to school and the boarding house.

· To take an active role in ensuring that students have a full, stimulating, and regular programme of activities and taking a lead in creating and implementing activities.

· To ensure that pupils treat the belongings of others, and the fabric and furnishings of the house with respect: to fulfil the requirements of the school’s health and safety policy.

·To make provision for pupils’ clothes and personal belongings to ensure that it is clean and stored, ensuring that dance kit is washed and ready for the next day and to assist with the laundry of uniforms and other clothing.

·To liaise effectively and fully with the boarding team over any problems, concerns or issues arising within the school or boarding houses.

·To be completely familiar with all standards, regulations and rules governing the pastoral supervision of students’ resident at The Hammond (Ofsted/Fire/Health & Safety/Safeguarding/LA/ National Minimum Standards, all school and School policies).

· To ensure that boarding and school policies are consistently adhered to by all boarding staff and students.

·To work within professional boundaries with children and young people and to communicate effectively whilst in the vicinity of students.

·To support the school’s disciplinary policy and, by encouragement and reward, and a clearly understood and fair system of sanctions, foster an acceptance of the code of conduct of the house and school.

· To attend appropriate training sessions for the purposes of maintaining quality, safe practice in the boarding environment, to understand the needs and legal obligations of boarding schools, and for potentially developing new working practices. To appreciate that these training sessions may need to take place on rare occasion out of term time or duty time.

· To perform any other key tasks which the Principal may reasonably assign.


The Hammond is the North West’s leading provider of performing arts education and the UK’s oldest vocational dance school. Here at The Hammond, we are passionate about providing the best possible vocational training in dance, drama, acting and music, alongside an enriching academic curriculum. Our boarding pupils live offsite in Chester town centre, a short 10 minute journey from the main school site.

This is a non-residential position.

Hours of Work

Working 40 hours per week, five days out of seven, (will include weekend days) 3pm to 11pm, during term time only, 37 weeks per year. Weekends will vary depending on School activities but will always include one full weekend off her per half term (Exeat). Plus 5 inset days training per year.

If you would like any further information please do contact us on 01244 305350 or to discuss further.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications. To formally apply please complete an application form and equal opps form and return to