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17 Jun
Taking on a new boarding house
17 Jun 2020 - 17 Jun 2020

Taking on a new Boarding House


Date: June 17, 2020

Audience: Boarding staff



Why should you attend?

This seminar will explore the many factors and issues associated with taking on a new Boarding House. Promotion to Houseparent and the associated responsibility for running a House is an exciting prospect, however it can also be a stressful period.

This seminar will provide an opportunity to review and consider key issues relating to students, staff, policies and procedures as well as the demands of managing the physical building itself.



  • Key policies, procedures and protocol 
  • Risk assessment, safeguarding and compliance
  • Reviewing current provision
  • Creating a development plan
  • Developing a House identity
  • Selling your House – marketing boarding.


Speaker: Mark Robinson, BSA Senior Consultant


Mark has a Product Design Degree from Brunel University and a PGCE. His first post in independent education was as Assistant Master at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham where he held several positions including Assistant Housemaster to a junior boy’s boarding house. After five years he moved on to Ardingly College in West Sussex as a Head of Department and Housemaster to a joint day and boarding house. Mark has been an inspector on boarding inspections, an Assistant Housemaster to a girls’ boarding house and fully involved in teaching up to ‘A‘ Level.

In 2002 Mark gave up teaching to set up Mentor Education Services Ltd, a business offering education-related consultancy services to the independent sector, initially training, interview coaching and professional development but also marketing and pre-inspection to schools both in the independent and maintained sector.

Mark was appointed as Assistant Director of Training for the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2010, where he continued offering training and consultancy to independent and state schools both in the UK and around the world. In 2017 he was appointed as Deputy Head Pastoral at College du Leman in Switzerland, a large international boarding and day school. After gaining some valuable international experience, Mark has returned to the UK to continue his training and consultancy in the Independent and state school sectors.


Virtual day seminar