House Parent

Closing Date: 26 February 2024
Telephone: 020 7836 8899
Salary: Exact salary to be determined based on knowledge, skills and experience
Employment Term: Full Time

House Parent

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To lead and manage the House team at Jebsen House (Pre-Professional students, 18-19yrs) in delivering excellent, compliant, pastoral care for the students.


The successful candidate will be a qualified teacher, or have extensive experience in managing a senior boarding house, and will be responsible for the 3rd Year, (Year 14), students at our Upper School in Covent Garden. They will ensure that our students have a secure and supportive ‘home-from- home’ during term time, as well as the day-to-day management of the House team and domestic services.
Suitable training and ongoing support will be provided.


Salary: Exact salary to be determined based on knowledge, skills and experience

Hours: Full-time, with two evenings per week and three weekends per term (plus exeats) off duty, (although staff may be called upon in an emergency). Every effort will be made provide a 24 hour period of non-contact time per week. Where this is not be possible for timetabling reasons, then suitable
arrangements for equivalent periods of non-contact time will be made. The successful candidate will have a central role in covering the House during the school holidays, when the students will be dancing with the Royal Ballet Companies. This cover will attract additional remuneration.

House staff must be resident during term time, but they may ask permission from the Assistant Principal Pastoral & Welfare for occasional absences for special occasions. No holiday may be taken during term time, the last week of the summer break or when there is planned Inset.

When ‘on call’, staff should be within 30 minutes of the House and be conscious that they could be called upon to be on duty.

Off Duty – This is free time and staff are not required to be present within the House. However, in the case of a real emergency it is expected that all staff will help out whenever required required. The houseparent will be the lead person in all emergencies when there are students in residence, whether
on duty, on-call or off duty.

Location: Jebsen House, Mercer Street, Covent Garden

Start Date: 1st September 2024


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and recognises that safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. The School expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment to children’s safeguarding and to
share this child-centred approach. This approach means that staff must consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.

Additionally, the following is expected of all staff:

  • To uphold the School’s policies relating to safeguarding and child protection, behaviour, health and safety and all other relevant policies
  • To promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and come into contact with
  • To report any safeguarding concerns using the relevant channels, such as informing the Designated Safeguarding Lead, in a timely and appropriate manner
  • To ensure full compliance with all statutory regulations, particularly the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education, and to communicate concerns to the Designated Safeguarding Lead, other relevant staff of The Royal Ballet School or local children’s services as appropriate.


  • Ensuring The Royal Ballet School’s ‘Boarding Principles’* are effectively implemented in the day-to-day life of the House
  • Creating a structured, secure but enabling community in the House where students can grow and flourish artistically, academically and as human beings
  • Implementing the procedures and School policies* required in the ‘Boarding Handbook’
  • Oversight of compliance checks for the House
  • Delivery of an effective activities programme for students during boarding time
  • Creating an effective, proactive and caring House team with student welfare at its’ heart
  • Providing a first-line point of contact for parents for the House
  • Care and support of boarders outside of the routine of the School day
  • Effective liaison and communication on all medical matters relating to the students in the House
  • Teaching a suitable timetable, (where relevant and when falling within their skillset). The teaching load will never be more than 4 hours per week.



  • Degree educated with relevant professional qualification and / or extensive pastoral experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • A positive outlook, good sense of humour and able to stay calm in a crisis
  • Good listener who can build effective relationships with students, staff and parents
  • Able to establish a strong rapport with students, assert authority when needed and maintain appropriate boundaries
  • Proactive in approach and able to show initiative
  • Able to cope effectively with possible situations of conflict
  • Good administration skills and IT literate
  • Flexible attitude towards duties and working patterns in order to fulfil the requirements of the role
  • Empathy with the aims and ethos of the School
  • Professional but approachable demeanour
  • Full, clean driving license preferred


Note: This Job Description does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future.

We’re passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. At The Royal Ballet School we are committed to creating an environment where every one of our employees feels part of our team and can flourish, regardless of their background.