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Assistant Housemistress

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Responsibility for the welfare and care of all the boarders and supporting senior staff in the day to day running of the boarding department.

Assistant Housemistress

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 27 March 2020

Reporting to the Senior Housemistress and Deputy Head, who is a member of the School’s Leadership Team, and ultimately to the Head.

Responsibility for the welfare and care of all the boarders and supporting senior staff in the day to day running of the boarding department.

This is a residential post.

This post is open to female applicants only as being female is deemed to be a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9, Paragraph 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• to support the general well-being and safety of all boarding pupils

• to ensure the boarding area is fully prepared to receive boarders at the beginning of the term and thereafter is well presented and that packing and unpacking causes minimum disruption to the school

• to assist the Senior Housemistress with the preparation of all paperwork and systems in readiness for the beginning of term and boarding inspections

• to ensure the implementation of all necessary documentation including the log books, sanction book, signing out book and fire log and to assist with fire practices for the boarders.

• to ensure that all boarding routines and expectations are adhered to

• to liaise with the School Nurse and Doctor as appropriate and administer routine medication as directed

• to administer first aid as and when required

• to care for girls when they are unwell

• to escort girls for booked and emergency medical appointments

• to collect medications as needed from the surgery or hospital

• to arrange activities for boarders as appropriate, for evenings and weekends, including Risk Assessments and recharge forms

• to collate and submit the termly pocket money charges to the Finance Office

• to stock and run the sundry items shop for boarders and submit the charges to the Finance Office each term

• to stock and run the tuck shop for boarders and submit the charges to the Finance Office each term

• to liaise with parents as required, via telephone, email and in person

• to act as a link and liaise between boarders and other staff

• to guide & support other residential staff

• to liaise with Estates staff over the general fabric of the boarding areas, including logging issues or faults on TES

• to promote the conservation of energy within the boarding area

• to attend formal weekly meetings of all residential staff

• to attend and complete training as required

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

• to provide reliable support to the Senior Housemistress and senior staff, and other members of the boarding team

• to promote the school in accordance with its mission and vision, and to encourage good marketing practice across the school

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

In addition, the Assistant Housemistress may be required to:

• create an environment where different cultures and backgrounds are recognised, respected and accepted

• support other departments within the school from time to time as requested by the Head

• complete, with priority, any other reasonable tasks as required by the Head

• be flexible to cover additional shifts as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The ideal candidate will:

• be able to exercise total discretion and uphold confidentiality, when appropriate

• be an excellent listener and committed, reliable team member

• to help provide a happy, welcoming and secure environment

• have excellent organisational skills and attention to detail

• have excellent writing, telephone and IT skills

• have a good working knowledge of MS Office tools particularly Word and Excel

• have exceptionally high standards of discipline and integrity

• be aware of the importance of Child Protection and Safeguarding of young people

• be prepared to undergo appropriate training as requested

• support the ethos of the school and broader education

• have a clear sympathy with the advantages of single-sex education

• be inspired by challenges and seek to set individual targets

• have energy, drive, enthusiasm and a positive manner

• be able to work as part of a team

This appointment is in regulated activity.

Queen Mary’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service, in accordance with the Children Act 1989. If in the course of carrying out the duties of this post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of children in the school, this must be reported to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SUPPORT STAFF – ASSISTANT HOUSEMISTRESS

The following particulars do not form any part of an offer of employment. Terms and conditions, which will incorporate the Staff Handbook and contract of employment, will be documented in due course to the successful candidate.

• The Assistant Housemistress is appointed by the Head, subject to enhanced DBS clearance and receipt of satisfactory references

• The appointee will be required to complete a confidential pre-employment health questionnaire (and medical examination where applicable), the costs of which will be met by the School

• This is a term time role for approximately 51 hours per week (plus overnight on-call) through term time. This includes Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday working when the school is in session (2 out of 3 Saturdays during term time and the Early May Bank Holiday).

• Working hours will be on a rota basis

• The salary for this role is £19,191 depending on experience. Paid in monthly instalments in arrears from the agreed date of the appointment and inclusive of holiday pay.

• The appointee will be expected to participate in an annual appraisal process

• The appointee is required to give the School one terms’ notice of their intention to leave this post

• Accomodation and meals are provided during term time and accommodation may be available during holidays subject to prior agreement

• The appointment is subject to a 3 month probationary period which may be extended following a performance review

All employees of Queen Mary’s are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons and must adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy. If in the course of carrying out the duties of this post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, this must be reported to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Queen Mary’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further Information

a.stringer@queenmarys.org

Yorkshire
Full-time
27 March 2020 Closing Date
£19,191
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ
12 (2-5) Day Boys
175 (2-16) Day Girls
65 (9-16) Boarding Girls