The importance of our House Parents cannot be underestimated, as they are primarily responsible for the day-to-day pastoral care of our students.
The welfare of students is the main priority during the summer and House Parents therefore need to be highly attentive and well organised in their approach to welfare issues. Although not a management role, House Parents will be expected to take ownership of all matters within their boarding house, supported by the other staff in their house.
A significant part of the House Parent role is working towards generating a positive environment in the boarding house. With students from a diverse range of countries and cultures, it is important that the House Parent displays a big enough presence to bring everyone together and create a fun, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the house. The House Parent role is a demanding, yet highly rewarding position.
Hours of Work
Due to the nature of the role, House Parents are required to work intermittently through the day, beginning with wake-up duties, and finishing with lights-out. However, the individual periods of work throughout the day are shorter than English lessons or activity sessions, which means over a week, House Parents will be on duty approximately the same length as other non-management staff. House Parents will receive one full day off per week.
- Assume overall responsibility for the welfare of all students
- Attend pre-course House Parent training
- Complete a First Aid course (arranged by SBC) and act as a school First Aider
- Welcome students and parents arriving at the school
- Assist the Summer School Director with room allocations, helping students to their rooms and making them feel welcome
- Ensure rooms are prepared for student arrivals and are tidy on departure
- Attend daily House Parent meetings, monitoring and reporting any issues within the house
- Be on duty during all designated meal and break times ensuring appropriate standards of student behaviour and supervising student welfare at all times
- Be responsible for attending to unwell students and making arrangements with doctors – where applicable this may be in conjunction with the Welfare Coordinator
- Keep records of incidents/sickness and medical issues and inform the Summer School Director (and if applicable Welfare Co-ordinator) thereof
- Make sure rooms are cleaned satisfactorily by cleaning staff, oversee general boarding house tidiness and report any maintenance issues to the Summer School Director
- Perform daily lights out and wake up duties, assisted by a designated member of staff
- Communicate with parents about boarding house matters either by telephone or face-to-face
- Be prepared to take a ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ role (particularly to younger students) when required, particularly if homesickness occurs
- Arrange telephone times for the younger students
- Oversee issues of hygiene
- Plan and deliver in-house activity nights for the students in your house, supported by the other staff in your team (not more than once a week)
- Manage the boarding house laundry operations, ensuring students are advised and assisted when sending clothes to the weekly external laundry service
- When necessary address student behavioural issues in a professional and empathic manner
- When required lead groups of students on excursions, following pre-planned itineraries
- Escort students to their houses and supervise while in the houses
- Be prepared to lead, supervise or assist with a weekly excursion or evening activity session
- Help ensure that the students do not breach the rules of the school
- Assist at any time, whether on duty or not, with an emergency situation, or where a student is ill or injured
- Engage with the students at all times in a friendly but professional manner
- First Aid qualification or willingness to go for First Aid training arranged by Summer Boarding Courses
- Energy, enthusiasm and flexibility
- Ability to work as part of a team
- A mature manner in order to effectively communicate with students, their parents, and other staff alike
Would certainly help…
- Previous summer school experience
- Experience of working in a pastoral role
- Experience of working in an international multicultural environment
Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which all employees, volunteers and contractors are expected to adhere to. Conditional offers are subject to an enhanced check through the Disclosure and Barring Service and obtaining two satisfactory references, where previous employers are specifically asked about suitability to work with children. A summary of our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available here . Our full Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on request, in all summer school offices and at our Head Office.