Boarding at Malvern St James
Malvern St James Girls’ School embraces a buoyant and thriving boarding community. We offer full-boarding, weekly-boarding and flexi-boarding and all three options have become increasingly popular with families here. Malvern is a safe and friendly town which allows our boarders lots of opportunities. Girls in Year 7 and above are allowed into town on the weekends in groups to shop, eat or catch a movie. As the school is right across the road from the Great Malvern train station, our boarders in the Sixth Form can make the most of being on a main train line with weekend trips to Worcester and Birmingham.
MSJ has five Boarding Houses; one is on the main school site with the others a five-minute walk away from school.
Batsford, our Junior Boarding house, is a beautiful old Malvern stone house where our boarders in Years 3-7 have a much-loved home complete with large garden and a house dog.
Mount houses our boarders in Years 8-9 where greater independence is fostered within a happy and supportive environment.
Benhams is our newly refurbished Year 10 house which allows for a more studious atmosphere as boarders begin their GCSEs – with lots of fun added in to create a good balance.
Poulton, at the top of the main school building, offers the best views in school and is home for our Year 11 and 12 boarders. Here girls start to take greater responsibility over their studies and enjoy the smallest commute to the dining room.
Greenslade is the transition house for our Year 13 boarders with much more independence as they prepare for their life beyond school.
Duty Rota / Time Off
The Boarding Tutors are required to live in school whilst on duty and are on duty for 5 nights a week. Additionally, Graduate Boarding Tutors are required to work two weekends per term.
Our Boarding tutors work 45 hours a week with at least 5 hours of time off during the day. All boarding tutors have a block of off duty time of 55 hours over the weekend.
MSJ has a fortnight half term in October, a week in May and a week in February. The main school holidays are three weeks at both Easter and Christmas.
The Boarding Tutors all have a bedsit with en-suite facilities in their boarding house. Additionally, there is a bespoke, designated, Graduate tutor area in our Music school, The Avenue. This has a living room, kitchen, laundry facilities and bedrooms and allows for a space away from boarding to spend time and socialise during the day and at weekends.
During the school holidays, the boarding houses are often let to external agencies and the Boarding Tutors accommodation may not be available. However, should accommodation be needed over the school holidays this may be available in another house, in consultation with the Director of Boarding.
The salary will be £14,200 – £14,750 pa dependent upon age. In addition to this, Boarding Tutors receive full room and board during term time including access to the school Wi-Fi network. Meals are provided three times a day in the central school dining room with a brunch and supper only on Sunday; all Tutors may come in for any meal regardless of if they are on duty or not. The gym and pool is available for use free of charge for Tutors during off peak hours.
Graduate Boarding Tutor – Job Description
The Graduate Boarding Tutors are answerable to the Headmistress via the Housemistress, The Deputy Director of Boarding, the Director of Boarding and the Director of Pastoral Care.
- It is their duty to work with the House Team, in assisting with the development (personal, moral, spiritual and intellectual) of each girl in the House.
- They must be a role model which girls can respect and be able to create a secure, stable and caring environment
The role of a Graduate Boarding Tutor
Each Graduate Boarding Tutor is attached to one of our Boarding Houses and is a vital part of the House Staff Team along with the Housemistress and Deputy Housemistress. This allows for strong relationships to be formed with the boarders under their care which enables them to flourish, intellectually, emotionally, and physically.
Responsibilities include the following:-
- Aiding the well-being, safety, discipline and pastoral care of the girls in the House and maintaining confidentiality as appropriate and confiding such matters only to the Housemistress, Deputy Director of Boarding, Director of Boarding or The Director of Pastoral Care.
- Being aware of the implications of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding for welfare and pastoral care in the House.
- To work with the Housemistress and Deputy Housemistress in overseeing the health, safety, wellbeing, and pastoral care of the girls in the House, including completing daily logs.
- To be aware of, and respond to, the special needs of individual boarders, including those from different cultural backgrounds or with specific mental health needs, and to be aware of the changing needs of all girls as they develop.
- Being fully versed in, and compliant with, all the School’s Child Protection procedures.
- Supporting the new girl Induction Programme and to ensure that the settling in process is a happy one and problems resolved as soon as possible.
- Knowing and treating each pupil/student as an individual and encouraging self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.
- Being aware of the academic strengths and weaknesses of the girls through a House Tutorial programme; to liaise with Housemistress, Form Tutors and Year Co-ordinators to ensure effective academic progress.
- Supporting and running activities in the full and varied extra-curricular programme that is available and to ensure girls are appropriately occupied.
- Ensuring that individual needs, strengths and weaknesses of each girl are identified and known by staff as needed, so that individual opportunities, talents and potential are developed and maximised.
- Keeping suitable records of girls’ progress, welfare, emotional problems, achievements and misconduct.
- Helping to create a calm, quiet and tidy living and working environment.
- Helping to supervise efficiently the day-to-day routines of normal boarding school life, including House daytime duties, meals, preps, laundry, bedtimes and with any emergency that may arise.
- Helping the Housemistress to supervise the extra-curricular life of the girls to ensure that they are able to discharge their academic and other obligations efficiently, and find interest and stimulus appropriate to their age and development.
- Being available at certain times (to be specified) to accompany girls on hospital appointments during the day if necessary.
- Ensuring the smooth running of the House by continuing with the standards of discipline, dress, behaviour and day-to-day routine, as decided by the Housemistress.
- Attending general House Team meetings, daily break, and school functions as required.
- Helping to maintain good relations and communications with all parents.
- Assisting with the School Duties and after-School activities.
- Being in residence at least 24 hours before the beginning of each term and 24 hours after the end of term to assist in the setting up and closing of houses.
- Supporting House Staff on the Friday afternoons of exeats and half terms.
- Assisting on Open mornings and other school commitments on the weekends where necessary.
All school staff are expected to:
- Support the School’s Boarding ethos including support for activities in the evening and weekend on a pro rata rota basis
- Work towards and support the school vision and the current school objectives outlined in the School Development Plan
- Contribute to the school’s programme of extra-curricular activities
- Support and contribute to the School’s responsibility for safeguarding pupils
- Regularly review own practice, set personal development targets and take responsibility for own continuous professional development.
- Work within the school’s health and safety policy to ensure a safe working environment for staff, pupils and visitors
- Work within the Equal Opportunities Policy to promote equality of opportunity for all pupils and staff, both current and prospective.
- Maintain high professional standards of attendance, punctuality, appearance, conduct and positive, courteous relations with pupils, parents and colleagues.
- Engage actively in the performance review process.
- Adhere to policies as set out in the Staff Handbook.
- Undertake other reasonable duties related to the job purpose required from time to time
- Adhere to School Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies.
|Essential or Desirable
|How will this be assessed
|A university degree
|Excellent interpersonal and good communication skills
|The ability to work as a member of a collaborative team
|Enthusiasm, commitment, and a positive upbeat attitude
|A flexible approach to working
|Application Form and Interview
|Hands on approach
|Ability to show initiative and efficiency
|Application Form and Interview
|Experience of working within a boarding environment
|IT administrative skills
|Application Form and Assessment
Due to the nature of the role within the boarding houses, the successful candidate will be female.