House Parents

House Parents

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.

Main Duties

General Duties

Must have…

Would certainly help…

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.

How to apply

To apply to work for us as a College Teacher, EFL Teacher or Summer Study Teacher, please download and complete the SBC Teacher Application Form

To apply to work for us as an Activity Leader, please download and complete the SBC Activity Leader Application Form

To apply to work for us as a College Mentor, please download and complete the SBC College Mentor Application Form

To apply to work for us as a House Parent, please download and complete the SBC House Parent Application Form

To apply to work for us as a Social Dean, please download and complete the SBC Social Dean Application Form

To apply to work for us as a House Warden, please download and complete the SBC House Warden Application Form

Please send all completed forms to

To apply for one of the other positions advertised, please e-mail your CV and a covering letter to

Due to the expected high volume of applicants we can unfortunately only contact you should your application suit the needs and requirements of the post. Thank you for your understanding.

If we feel your application meets the requirements of the role advertised, we will contact you to arrange either a telephone interview or a face-to-face interview. Should you then be successful…

  • We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact.
  • Any gaps in your employment history will be enquired about, and must be explained satisfactorily.
  • You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (or equivalent if living outside the UK), and you will be asked to sign the Children’s Act 1989 declaration safeguarding the welfare of children, and state that you have no known reason why you cannot work with children.
  • Official identification and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.


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