Job Description

Full Job Description

About us

St Mary’s Calne is a medium business in Calne. We are professional, rewarding and collaborative.

Our work environment includes:

  • Food provided

Accommodation The Assistant Houseparent will be required to reside in the Boarding House during term time and accommodation is provided all year round. Meals will be provided during term time. The post of Assistant Houseparent comes with a 2-bedroom flat within the Boarding House. Working weeks are predominately limited to term time (35 weeks) but the all-year round salary compenstates for longer hours during term time weeks.

Working Hours

The Assistant Houseparent’s work is not of a nature which lends itself to the rigid definition of hours. However, certain principles do apply.

House Staff must expect to be in school for at least 48 hours before and after the beginning and end of terms; all should be back on duty at least half an hour before the earliest time girls may return on the evening of return from Fixed Exeats and Half Terms.

While on duty, they must at all times be immediately accessible, whether in the House or elsewhere in the school.

The Assistant Houseparent can expect to have dedicated time off each week, as follows: One 24-hour period and one further night. There is also a degree of flexibility built into the rotas to enable staff to have short breaks during the evening and at weekends by agreement with the other staff on duty and overseen by the Housemistress/master provided that any duties (eg supper duty) and weekend activities are properly staffed.

In the Autumn Term, no one will take time off in the first and last weeks of term. In the Spring/Summer Terms, at the start of term, those with Tuesday as a day off will work, and those with Thursday will have the day off, while at the end of term those with Tuesday as a day off will have the day off and those with Thursday will work.

PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential requirements

  • A desire to work with young people and their parents
  • An ability to work flexibly in a team * Good, demonstrable organisational skills with the ability to prioritise, and manage time effectively
  • Excellent communication skills with pupils, parents and staff * Good IT skills (Word, Excel, etc)
  • An ability to show an empathetic approach * An ability to define appropriate boundaries
  • A willingness to contribute to the wider school community
  • To be committed to continual professional development including acquiring knowledge of the school information system (iSAMs) and BSA professional development
  • An ability to work in an enthusiastic manner bringing new ideas and suggestions
  • The desire for excellence in all areas Desirable requirements
  • Experience in a similar residential role or pastoral equivalent
  • A BSA qualification * A First Aid qualification
  • A clean driving licence and ability to drive a minibus


St Mary’s Calne fully recognises its responsibilities for Child Protection. We are dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils, regardless of sex, race, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, or sexual orientation. We follow the child protection procedures set out by Wiltshire’s “Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership”. We understand the need to engage with the Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership and the statutory duty to cooperate if the school is named as a relevant agency. We have regard to statutory guidance issued by the Department for Education “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022” and are aware of our obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equality Act 2010. Our policy takes full regard to “Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018” (WT), “What to do if you are Worried a Child is Being Abused (2015)” and the National Minimum Boarding Standards (2022).

At St Mary’s we have a ‘Nominated Governor’ to take leadership responsibility for the school’s safeguarding arrangements.

What is safeguarding? Safeguarding can be defined as promoting the physical and mental health, safety and welfare of all pupils. Safeguarding is the responsibility of all adults, especially those working or volunteering with children. The school aims to help protect the children in its care by working consistently and appropriately with all relevant agencies to reduce risk and promote the welfare of children.

Staff: * are advised to maintain an attitude of ‘it could happen here’ as far as safeguarding is concerned;

  • should always act in the best interest of the child. What is child protection? Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. This refers to the activity which is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or at risk of suffering, significant harm.

Full details can be found

Job Type: Permanent

Salary: £22,826.00 per year


  • Company events
  • Company pension
  • Discounted or free food
  • Free parking
  • Gym membership
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking
  • Sick pay

Physical setting:

  • Live-in

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Calne: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)

Work Location: One location

Application deadline: 20/01/2023

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