Resident Boarding House Lead

Closing Date: 21 February 2024 Telephone: 01580830396
Email: ruby.bowyer@claremontschool.co.uk
Salary: £29,400 plus rent-free accommodation
Employment Term: Full Time

Resident Boarding House Lead

About Claremont School
Claremont School is an independent day and boarding school. The Nursery and the Prep School are
based in St Leonards on Sea, and the Senior School is located in Bodiam, East Sussex. One third of the
students in the Senior School are international boarders. Our two off-site boarding facilities are
respectively located in Battle and St Leonards. They accommodate students from over twenty different
nationalities.
Results and Value-Added at Claremont are outstanding, with Senior School results beating national
averages year on year, as well as more local independent selective schools. We believe that successful
schools are the ones that put learning at the heart of everything they do, always aiming to create
rounded individuals that can forge successful careers and lives, in a rapidly changing world.
Claremont School is also part of the International Schools Partnership (ISP) group, comprising
committed colleagues in financially responsible schools around the world, where learning is at the heart
of everything we do for our students, colleagues, and parents. We are committed to getting better, all
the time.

Claremont Boarding
The ethos of boarding at Claremont is to provide a home-from-home feel and that of a large extended
family. With that in mind, our boarding houses are situated off-site to allow boarders to enjoy the benefit
of returning to a home environment after their school day. Every boarder is encouraged to develop their
full potential in all areas of life, with the support of a dedicated team of boarding House Parents under the
management of two House Leads in each accommodation.
The post holder will take care of the stBoarding House Parentudents at Clyde House in St Leonards on Sea
where our older male boarders from the age of 13 to 18 live.

Role context

The House Parents care for boarders in their day-to-day life, in the way parents would, ensuring boarders
are happy, safe, smartly dressed and ready for learning.
They will demonstrate flexibility, compassion, resilience, dynamism and a good sense of humour.
This role is crucial to maintaining our current “outstanding” Ofsted ranking and promoting Claremont
Boarding as the destination of choice in the local area.
The Boarding House Parent will report directly to the Boarding House Leads who manage the team of
Boarding House Parents in each of our settings.
House Parents work 40 hours a week and 43 weeks a year. The work is based around early morning and
evening shifts, when the boarders are at home before and after school, and every other weekend.
This job is a non residential position but single temporary accommodation could be provided to assist
someone resettling in the local area.

Key Responsibilities
1. Regulatory compliance
● Be aware of the implications of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and be
guided by the House Lead as to the implementation of the principles highlighted in the
Claremont Boarding Management handbook in the day-to-day life of boarders.
● Be aware of the Fire Safety and Health & Safety procedures in the House. Assist the House
Lead in ensuring that the boarding house is a safe environment for both students and staff.
● Follow the School and Boarding safeguarding procedures. This includes matters such as the
appropriate use of MyConcern.
● Follow the staff rota as devised by the House Lead to ensure compliant allocation of staff.
● Attend weekly staff meetings in the House.
● Attend any required staff training and termly boarding insets.
2. Operational role in the boarding house
● Guide boarders through their daily routine.
● Assist the House Lead with the induction of new boarders and the return of boarders after
term breaks.
● Facilitate the boarders’ social life within the House and encourage all to take part in the
communal activities around the House, both in evenings and at weekends. Contribute
meaningfully to the life of the House.
● Contribute to the weekly programme of trips.
● Assist students with their homework and the organisation of their school work.
● Check that the boarders’ accommodation is safe and that their living conditions are healthy
and conducive to good mental health.
● Assist students with adjusting to a more independent lifestyle, away from home.
● Read the Boarding Daily Log to be aware of any issues in the House before coming on shift and
add entries whilst working so that all staff are informed of the events in the House.
● Take accurate registers when supervising students.
● Assist the catering team to ensure all boarders follow a healthy diet and display good manners
at the dinner table.

● Assist the laundry team with the delivery and return of clothes/ linen to their owners.
● Refer behavioural issues to the House Lead to promote an orderly and kind atmosphere in the
House.
● Assist with the monitoring of the safe use of ICT by boarders, as guided by the House Lead.
● Act as a role model to the students under your care.
● Be responsible for reporting any issues directly to the House Lead.
● Resident House Parents will be expected to hold the emergency phone and issue medication
to boarders on a rota basis.
● Be involved in term holidays when the boarding house remains open.

Other Responsibilities
● Undertake such other reasonable responsibilities and tasks that may be assigned by the
Principal and Director of Boarding.

Candidate Profile
1. Person specification
● Cultural sensitivity and awareness
● Mature interpersonal skills
● Flexibility and patience
● Creativity and enthusiasm
● Good organisation skills
● Some proficiency in IT
2. Competencies
● Ability to multi-task
● Ability to work in a team
3. Qualifications
● Professional qualifications or relevant work-related experience
4. Experience
● Some experience working in Boarding is preferred but not essential. Induction
provided.

Safeguarding & Safer Recruitment
Claremont School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All post holders are subject to
appropriate vetting procedures and satisfactory Criminal Background Checks or equivalent covering the
previous 10 years employment history.