Job Description

Port Regis is one of the country’s leading co-educational day and boarding schools for children aged two to
thirteen. A school in which tradition and innovation have gone hand in hand for more than a century, we
provide a thoughtful, rounded education that enables children to thrive. This education goes well beyond
our beautiful buildings and outstanding facilities – it is rooted in our culture and values.

Role Profile

We are seeking to appoint a Girls’ Houseparent and After School Club Leader.
Our Houseparents play a vital pastoral role, ensuring the smooth running of our boarding houses. Their
primary role is to provide outstanding pastoral care; and a caring, nurturing, happy and organised boarding
environment, for our boarders. The successful candidate will be required to live on site and will benefit
from self-contained accommodation (one double bedroom, bathroom, open plan kitchen/dining room and
living room) within the boarding house.

The After School Club Leader aspect of the role involves managing our Pre-Prep After School Club
provision for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. The successful candidate will work closely with our
Pre-Prep team, providing an exciting and engaging After School Club provision.

Applications are invited from candidates who are forward-thinking and big-hearted, who model great drive
and enthusiasm.

Remuneration and Benefits
The successful candidate(s) can expect:
• Competitive salary, pension and holiday benefits.
• An employee assistance programme with extensive support in relation to wellbeing and wellness,
finance and legal, work and personal issues, as well as a wide range of rewards and discounts.
• Complimentary use of the School’s staff gym and Sports Centre.
• Delicious meals in our Dining Hall during term time.
• To join a delightful team and exceptional working environment.
• Generous staff school fee discount.

Hours of Work
This role is term time only (with a few days worked at the start and end of each term). The required hours
of work are as follows.
• 3 overnight boarding duties each week (spread across Monday to Friday) from 18.00 until 08.15 the
next morning.
• Boarding duties every other weekend from 12.30 on Saturday until 08.15 on Monday morning.
After School Club Leader:
15.30 to 18.00 Monday to Thursday and 15.30 to 17.00 on Friday. There will also be some
preparation/administration time required for the role but this can be worked flexibly.

Start Date
April 2024 ideally but we can accommodate a later start date if needed.

Job Description
These details are subject to change as the Headmaster or any person acting on behalf of the Headmaster may reasonably direct.
Responsible to
Head of Boarding
To provide outstanding pastoral care; and a caring, nurturing, happy and organised boarding environment,
for all our junior girl boarders.
Houseparent – Key Responsibilities
• Overall responsibility for your Boarding House and its pupils.
• Ensure that the Boarding House is safe and nurturing environment in which pupils feel at home.
• Maintain, with the pupils and other staff, a clean, tidy and cosy Boarding House.
• Ensure that pupils are well cared for, clean and well presented.
• Ensure that all Boarding House staff understand and implement the objectives of the Boarding
House and Port Regis’ Vision and Values.
• Be sympathetic to the needs of pupils who are a long way from home and their cultural context.
• Administer vitamins and any medication as advised by the Health Centre and be responsible for
basic first aid/health care for the boarders overnight and on Sundays.
• To keep a daily house diary to ensure that there is continuity and an awareness of any concerns.
• To be a key figure, particularly during meals, rec and games, ensuring that good behaviour is
• To photograph activities and email parents with updates of how boarders are progressing (birthday
tables etc).
• Attend weekly boarding meetings and liaise with colleagues to ensure the medical and pastoral needs
of the children are met.
• Ensure parents are regularly and fully informed about their child’s progress and welfare.
• Ensure that the Boarding House operates in accordance with School policies and procedures and the
National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools.
Houseparents’ Training and Other Responsibilities
• All Houseparents must attend a relevant training course or conference every three years.
• Other responsibilities are detailed in the School Handbook or other school policy documents.

After School Club Leader
Reports to: Head of Pre-Prep
• Co-ordinate the planning, preparation and supervision of After School Club activities.
• Ensure the delivery of a high quality After School Club provision.
• Ensure that the After School Club provides a welcoming, safe, caring, stimulating educational
environment, both indoors and outdoors, at all times.
• Liaise with parents as necessary.
• Ensure appropriate support for any children with learning support needs in conjunction with our
• Ensure staff/child ratios are adhered to at all times.
• Work with colleagues and other professionals to share good practice and knowledge. Attend courses
and in–service training to keep up to date with developments in best practice.
• Attend to the personal care of children following school policy.
• Hold an up to date paediatric first aid qualification at the required level and administer first aid or
comfort to children when necessary.
• Tidying and clearing up after activities.
• Carry out all responsibilities and activities within an equal opportunities framework.

• Safeguarding and compliance with our Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy and procedures.
• Ensure compliance with data protection and health safety legislation and school policies and
• Maintain positive and effective communication with all members of the Port Regis community
including pupils, staff, parents and Old Port Regians (OPRs); external users; the local community;
and outside agencies.
• Ensure the reflection of Port Regis’ values in all communications.
• Adhere to the school’s policies as contained in the Staff Handbook.
• Undertake any other duties as may reasonably be required.

Person specification
• A commitment to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children
• A kind, caring and cheerful nature
• A commitment to, and ability to deliver, an exciting and engaging After School Club and boarding
• Excellent communicator and team player with the ability to develop strong links with children,
parents and colleagues
• Excellent organisational and ICT skills, behaviour management and pastoral care
• Proactive, with the ability to work independently, and take responsibility for actions
• The ability to prioritise and share the workload with/support your team as required
• A collaborative team player
• Diplomacy, integrity and the ability to maintain confidentiality when required
• Patience and a sense of humour
• Adaptable, flexible and calm under pressure

• Proven experience of working in a similar role in a school setting
• Paediatric first aid training

Application Procedure
If you feel you can meet the requirements of the post, I would be delighted to hear from you. Please complete
the application form linked with this advert at your earliest convenience and to arrive before 08.30 on
Monday 26 February 2024. Early applications are encouraged. Please read the Explanatory Note and
Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy in conjunction with your application.

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Diversity and Inclusion
Port Regis is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from a diverse
range of suitably qualified candidates, including candidates wishing to work flexibly or requiring reasonable

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Note: The post-holder’s responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young
persons, for whom they are responsible, or with whom they come into contact, will be to adhere to and
ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy at all times. If, in the course
of carrying out the role, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or
welfare of children in the school, they must report any concerns to the school’s Designated Safeguarding
Lead or to the Headmaster.