Boarding is central to life at The National Mathematics and Science College. As Houseparent, you play a vital role in the wellbeing of our students, taking full responsibility for their welfare during term time. You will be managing the day-to-day care of boarders, ensuring their well-being and safety, promoting a fulfilling educational experience, and encouraging a caring, positive and productive ethos in the boarding house.
- You will be living within the boarding community and share responsibility for the welfare of students.
- You should have the ability to develop and maintain warm, respectful, and valued rapport with young people, whilst understanding the professional boundaries that must exist between staff and students.
- You should provide a positive role model, demonstrating self-motivation and mature interpersonal skills.
The Ideal Candidate:
- Will have the ability to negotiate and manage complex events in a professional, effective manner.
- Having an understanding of community partnerships and organisation is essential. Together with imagination, creativity, enthusiasm, and a warm sense of humour.
- You will need effective communication skills (verbal and written)
- Have the ability to deal with students, parents, and staff across the whole College.
- We expect you to maintain high personal and professional standards, including recognition of the confidentiality issues impacting upon work in a college.
- You must be able to demonstrate an awareness of safeguarding and child protection legislation and issues and will be expected to uphold a full commitment to the best safeguarding practice.
Accommodation & Benefits:
The Houseparent will be expected to be a resident within the boarding area during term time when on duty, according to the weekly and weekend rotas, except by arrangement with the Assistant Principal (Pastoral).
Single accommodation (not suitable for families due to size) in the form of a studio flat in the College Residence is provided rent-free all year round, with the College paying electricity and other associated bills. All meals will also be provided during term time and during any periods of working holidays.
You will need a flexible approach to your duties and a willingness to ‘muck in’. Overnight and weekend supervision will be required. This is not a post for someone who counts working hours; it is a challenging but hugely rewarding opportunity.
Candidates from a broad range of backgrounds will be considered.
We reserve the right to interview early for this role.
The National Mathematics and Science College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be required to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the School is therefore permitted to ask job applicants to declare all convictions and cautions (including those which are "spent" unless they are "protected" under the DBS filtering rules) in order to assess their suitability to work with children.
All applicants must have a valid right to work in the UK and must be able to produce supporting documents.
We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.