Boarding Assistant

Girls (4- 18)
Weekly Boarding
Full Boarding
Flexi Boarding
Malvern St James Girls' School

We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who want to join our team on a temporary and flexible basis.


The Boarding Assistant is responsible to the Headmistress via the Director of Boarding.

Prime Function

The Boarding Assistant shares the pastoral responsibility for the well-being of the boarding students in the house outside of school curriculum time. She works under the direction of the Housemistress or Deputy Housemistress to ensure the House functions in accordance with the Boarding policies and procedures laid down by the school.


  • House Staff meetings where appropriate
  • Inset and Safeguarding training

Purpose of the Role

The Boarding Assistant has responsibility for running the Boarding House in the absence of the Housemistress or Deputy Housemistress. They are required to work alongside full-time members of staff, supporting students outside of curriculum time. Duties will involve participating in activities with students such as: games, cooking, craft, sporting activities and quizzes. The Boarding Assistant will also be expected to help students with study and be a general support pastorally. The Boarding Assistant will also be expected to help with the bedtime routine in the boarding house. This includes room checks, hygiene monitoring, electronic device collection and being on call overnight.

Core Responsibilities

  • To have responsibility for the House when the Housemistress or Deputy Housemistress is off duty working closely with the Director of Boarding or the Deputy Director of Boarding.
  • To be aware of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools, School policies and procedures, and School and house aims and objectives.
  • To be fully versed in and compliant with the School policies and procedures and ensuring all members of your boarding house staff are aware of these policies, particularly those relating to Safeguarding Pupils and Child Protection, Anti Bullying, Fire, Health and Safety including Fire and are aware of the appropriate response needed in these areas
  • To work with the Housemistress in overseeing the health, safety, wellbeing, and pastoral care of the girls in the House, including completing daily logs.
  • To be aware of, and respond to, the special needs of individual boarders, including those from different cultural backgrounds or with specific mental health needs, and to be aware of the changing needs of all girls as they develop.
  • Report to the Housemistress any concerns about the welfare, progress, or behaviour of the students via the pupil and daily logs on OneNote.
  • To ensure girls’ presence is checked individually, personally and logged on the House registers at the times required by the Director of Boarding.
  • To model, promote and encourage a high standard of behaviour and kindness towards each other amongst the girls in the boarding house in line with the schools boarding principles.
  • To support the Housemistress and Deputy Housemistress in coordinating a variety of activities during evenings and at weekends when on duty.
  • To ensure that, when going off duty, all relevant information is thoroughly communicated verbally to the Housemistress or Deputy Housemistress.
  • To be aware of all appropriate emergency procedures.
  • To liaise with other staff working in the House as appropriate as well as the Health and Wellbeing Centre and the Director of Pastoral Care.
  • To liaise Housekeeping, Estates and Night Watchman when required.
  • Undertake house duties which may include general cleaning and tidying, laundry etc. as and when required.
  • Ensuring good personal hygiene in boarders and that their areas are kept tidy.
  • To supervise girls when involved in cooking activities.
  • To be flexible in working hours which will include overnight shifts.
  • To help on school trips where needed in line with school guidelines.

Further Information

Job Details

  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Term: Part-time,Temporary
  • Closing Date: 30 October 2020
  • Salary: Competitive

School Details

  • Founded: 1893
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Girls' Boarding: 210 (7- 18)
  • Total Pupils: 410 (122 in Sixth Form)