Head of House – Residential or Non-Residential

Closing Date: 27 November 2023 Email: ACC.HR@abbeycambridge.co.uk
Salary: £27,000 - £33,500
Employment Term: Full Time

Abbey College Cambridge is one of the best sixth form colleges for international students in the UK. We specialise in helping students from across the world achieve the personal, social and academic growth needed to succeed at the UK’s best universities.


We are currently looking for motivated, child centred, Head of House to run a boarding house as part of our ‘Outstanding’ rated boarding team.


As a Head of House, your role will be to provide top quality pastoral care for our students by leading a team in making the students feel part of our college community and supporting them in their journey towards independent living at university and beyond. You will ensure that the boarding house is run efficiently and that students feel that they are in a home from home environment, safe and well cared for.


You will develop your team of house parents to ensure that they are able to provide the Gold Standard in care. You will work closely with the House master(s) affiliated to your accommodation and be a key point of contact for staff from across the school as a member of the middle management team. You will support the constant evaluation of practices and policies and help develop new initiatives in order to maintain an outstanding provision. You will actively promote the boarding aim and vision.


Your duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Staff Management
  • Supervising the pastoral care of Students within the house
  • Ensuring the Gold Standard is maintained in your boarding house by ensuring boarding is maintained to the highest standard to allow students to thrive in both their educational studies and personal lives.
  • To keep up to date with all national guidance including the National Minimum Standards, Keeping Children Safe in Education, the Social Care Common Inspection Framework and Boarding School Association guidance. Ensuring that the school maintains the highest standards in all these areas.


Qualifications and Experience

You will hold A Levels or equivalent qualifications, be competent in the use of a computers, and have a working knowledge of record keeping and data protection. You will have experience of working in boarding or residential environments and of working with secondary aged students. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and a working understanding of child protection. You will have the ability to manage and motivate staff to ensure a strong and effecting team. Higher level Boarding qualifications are desirable.



You will be required to work on a rota covering day, evening, and weekend shifts. You will work a 5 day on, two days off rota. Working 37.5 hours a week and up to 2 Sleep-ins per week.



Residential boarding staff will receive on site city centre accommodation, utilities, wireless internet, and meals are provided when on duty. These combined come to a value of £10,000 per annum. A deduction from salary will be made at the NMW weekly accommodation offset rate (currently £60.90 per week).



  • 50 days annual leave (6 weeks to be taken in the summer break)
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Sports groups and free on-site gym facilities
  • Alpha Plus Group personal pension plan, 7% employer contribution.
  • Season ticket train travel loans
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted school fees
  • Regular social events
  • Meals provided during shift.


Abbey DLD Colleges Ltd (ADCL)

Abbey College Cambridge is a constituent college of Abbey DLD Colleges Ltd (ADCL). ADCL  consists of three award-winning independent international colleges based in London, Cambridge, and Manchester. With over 1000 students from over 50 different countries, ADCL provides an outstanding global environment for students striving for top universities. We are committed to providing the best education for all students in our care, and our colleges have high aspirations and expectations for every member of our community.



ADCL is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people and as an employee of ADCL you will be expected to share this commitment. The protection of our students’ welfare is the responsibility of all staff and individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of our organisation. All staff are trained in child protection and understand to report concerns by following the safeguarding policies. We ensure all candidates are properly police-checked, and the successful candidate will need to obtain an enhanced disclosure via the DBS.


Please click the link below for further information on employing Ex-Offenders:

Policy on employment of ex-offenders.pdf (alphaplusgroup.co.uk)



Equal Opportunities

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.


How to Apply

Please visit our TES recruitment page to read the attached Applicant Information Pack to access full details about the position and apply. Please complete the application in full and include a detailed statement explaining why you have the necessary skills and experience to be successful in this position. Applications will be reviewed and candidates contacted once the advert is closed.