Job Description

Oxford Sixth Form College are looking to recruit a full time, permanent, Head of House to work closely with and support the Director of Boarding in the delivery and development of the College’s boarding provision.

The successful candidate will have a very strong pastoral ethos and commitment to the care and welfare of young people.

Excellent ICT, organisational, administrative, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels, are also essential.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a boarding role is essential, as is an understanding of National Boarding Minimum Standards (NMBS) and experience of organising and managing student activities, trips and events.

Our focus is upon finding someone who shares our sixth form college values and can successfully fulfil the requirements of the job description below.

Please note that this post does not include the provision of accommodation within a boarding house; it is a ‘live-out’ position.

The post holder will work 3 days on and 2 days off, 8.00 am to 8.00 pm with 2 hours of unpaid breaks within each day, although precise working hours are flexible depending on the job requirement and workload. This position also includes alternate weekends off as well as days off in lieu.

Start date: As soon as possible

Applications for these positions must be made via submission of a completed application form and returned to

Oxford Sixth Form College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as such safeguarding training will be provided

The successful applicants will be in regulated activity with children and required to undertake an Enhanced DBS check and barred list check.

Job Title: Head of House

Reports to: Director of Boarding

Liaises with: Facilities Manager; Vice Principal & DSL, Senior Tutors; College Matron; Director of Admissions; Catering Contractor

Line Manages: House Parents, Assistant House Parents

Job Purpose

The Head of House is responsible to the Director of Boarding and pastoral care of all boarding students and, in particular, ensuring that both directly and through effective management of the House Parents, that all boarding staff provide a happy and welcoming environment in which students can enjoy their boarding experience.

The Head of House will perform a key role in the College’s student boarding provision through their management of the College’s boarding houses and line management of House parents and will work closely with the Director of Boarding and Facilities Manager to ensure the that is fully compliant with the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for boarding schools.

Key Duties

· To support the Principal, Vice Principal and Director of Boarding in the development of boarding at the College

· Monitor, oversee and maintain the welfare, safety, discipline, and pastoral well-being of all members of the boarding house.

· Ensure the implementation and maintenance of National Minimum Standards within the boarding house practices and processes.

· Assist the Director of Boarding in the planning and preparation for and overseeing boarding inspections.

· Be part of the safeguarding team, be aware of all aspects of safeguarding and attend relevant training; make appropriate referrals to the College’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

· Organising the boarding routines with the cooperation and support of the boarding staff to ensure the security, safety, and well-being of all boarders, appropriate to the age of the boarders. Support and share day to day tasks with the boarding staff where necessary.

· Communicating regularly and effectively with the Director of Boarding and senior tutors on issues relating to the general welfare of boarders, in particular matters causing concern

· To set, supervise and monitor houseparent duty rotas to ensure there is adequate and appropriate supervision in the boarding house.

· Establish and maintain appropriate standards for boarders of discipline and behaviour

· Plan in advance weekend activities for boarders within agreed cost limits agreed and ensuring that the relevant staff on duty are fully briefed to carry out the planned activity.

· Being present, before and after each term to ensure that arrangements and facilities for boarders returning or leaving are in place or properly closed down.

· Assist the Director of Admissions with the allocation of boarders to boarding houses and rooms within each boarding house

· Meeting formally with senior tutors to review all matters affecting the welfare of boarders

· Be a presence daily within the boarding houses to allow boarders to give their thoughts and feelings regarding their boarding experience

· Ensure students’ medical needs are fully met by the boarding team.

· Appraise House parents in line with the College’s performance review system

· Assist the Facilities Manager to ensure the implementation of Health and Safety recommendations as detailed within the College’s health and safety and educational visits policies

· Be abreast and keep updated on all boarding legislation

· To act in loco parentis and as an appropriate role model for all the boarders

· To be available in term time and during half terms to meet with prospective boarding students and their parents

· To assist the Director of Boarding to create a comprehensive induction programme for all new boarders

· To work with the catering contractor to ensure that the food is of excellent quality and variety

· Ensure that health & safety in the boarding house is adhered to meticulously

· Hold a full set of keys for the boarding house for emergencies

· Liaise with Facilities Manager to ensure effective provision of cleaning services in the boarding houses

· To liaise and work with the other Head of House to ensure parity and the sharing of good practice

· To be on call outside of normal working hours as per an agreed schedule

Key Duties – Administration

· To ensure the completion of Health and Safety paperwork in coordination with the Facilities Manager and the College’s health and safety and educational visits policies

· To ensure regular recording within the maintenance logbook

· To ensure the maintenance of accurate medical records in liaison with the College Matron

· To ensure that accurate and detailed records of those students provided with first aid are kept in liaison with the College Matron

· To ensure the maintenance of an inventory of supplies for first aid kits to ensure there are sufficient supplies at all times in liaison with the College Matron

· To maintain detailed records of departures and arrivals of students

· To maintain an accurate and detailed central record of boarding complaints and concerns

· Retain, maintain and distribute as required an accurate record of students living in the College’s boarding houses

· To ensure that a comprehensive set of induction material is available to be sent out to new boarders before their arrival at the College

· To ensure that evidence of NMS compliance is readily available for inspection in liaison with the Facilities Manager and Director of Boarding

Additional Duties

· Actively promote and market the College and present a positive image of the College and its activities both within and outside the College environment

· To participate in student recruitment activities, such as agent familiarisation trips, prospective student/parent visits

· To attend relevant professional development courses and external meetings as representative of the College

· To carry out any duties at all times in accordance with the College’s policies including Data Protection, Health and Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies

· To ensure Data Protection policies are adhered to at all times.

To undertake any other responsibilities commensurate with the grade of the post, which the Principal or their senior management representative may from time to time require

Personal Specification

Essential Qualifications

Good standard of spoken and written English

Desirable Qualifications

A degree

First Aid

A second language

A BSA or equivalent boarding qualification

Safeguarding advanced level

Prevent Duty training

Activity leader or sports instructor

Knowledge and experience


A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a boarding role

Have high expectations of yourself and your team

Be able to understand the balance & demands of everyday boarding life

An understanding of National Minimum Boarding Standards

Experience of organizing and managing student activities, trips and events


The ability to communicate effectively with staff, students and visitors; present ideas and information clearly, concisely and accurately both verbally and in writing

Interpersonal skills – the ability to build and maintain effective professional relationships with staff & students

Computer literate; ability to use Microsoft suite and databases

Good administrative skills – a methodical approach; attention to detail and, accurate recording of information

Previous management of staff

The ability to analyses data accurately and present your findings logically

Personal qualities and attributes

Ability to prioritise and organise effectively

Have a warm, enthusiastic and positive outlook

Strong teamwork ethos and ability to work independently

Be able to maintain confidentiality

Committed to excellence and strive for continuous improvement

Be flexible and approachable

Ability to stay calm and maintain a professional demeanour at all times

Ability to challenge staff appropriately

The ability to reflect on ones actions and learn from mistakes

Having the resilience needed to manage the demands of the role and frequent changing landscape

We reserve the right to introduce changes in line with technological developments which may impact upon the job duties or methods of working

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From £39,462.00 per year

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Oxford, OX1 4HT: reliably commute or plan to relocate before starting work (required)


  • Boarding: 2 years (required)

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person

Source – Head of Boarding Jobs – 2023 |