Job Description

Stonyhurst College is the UK’s leading Catholic co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 3-18. Boarding is from the age of 7.

At the College, there are approximately 500 pupils aged 13-18, two thirds of whom are boarders. At Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall, the adjacent dedicated preparatory school, there are around 250 pupils aged 3-13. Stonyhurst is set in stunning countryside, near the Ribble and Hodder rivers and the beautiful Trough of Bowland. Manchester is only about an hour away by road or rail. The market town of Clitheroe is four miles away, and we are 12 miles from the city of Preston. The Lake District can be reached in about an hour, and the Yorkshire Dales are even closer.

Stonyhurst has a fascinating heritage, being the oldest continuously active Jesuit school in the world.

It was founded in St Omer, Northern France (then the Spanish Netherlands), in 1593, and moved to its present site in Lancashire’s beautiful Ribble Valley in 1794. Throughout the years of religious

persecution in England, Stonyhurst educated the boys of the English Catholic aristocracy and gentry, and is now an innovative, forward-thinking and inclusive co-educational school.

The College’s Ignatian mission and identity, and its sense of family, set Stonyhurst apart from other schools. Pupils are urged to do as much as they can (Quant Je Puis) for other people following the example of Jesus Christ and following in the spirit and charism of the Jesuits. The College prepares young people to change the world for others.

Stonyhurst is a family where heritage and innovation are fused to inspire young people to be agents of change in the world.

The Assistant House Parent role is primarily to support the work of the House Parent in taking responsibility for the overall care and welfare of all the pupils in the boarding house.

Their job is to assist in maintaining our high standard of care and ensuring the welfare, happiness, safety and health of all boarding pupils. The Assistant House Parent must have the ability to help create a stable working and pastoral environment.

A significant timetabled contribution (including at weekends) to other areas of College life is essential e.g. Games coaching and teams management, supporting The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, College Cadet Force, Outdoor Pursuits, Co-curricular Arts. Specific training opportunities shall be provided for certain areas of responsibility and activity.

The Assistant House Parent will be line managed by the House Parent, who shall also conduct the Assistant House Parent’s annual appraisal and performance management review. Additionally, there is a close working relationship with the Assistant Heads who take overall day to day pastoral and academic responsibility for the pupils.

The postholder will contribute to and attend Playroom retreats, Masses and other aspects of the spiritual life of the College.

Weekly Commitment

This is a full time, term time only position within a busy boarding school and you will work six days per week. In addition to the role, there is an expectation that staff will be involved in the wider life of the school, through co-curricular contributions, attendance at Masses and Parent events.

We have roles available in both boys and girls boarding houses.

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