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Head of Boarding

Date:  10 Jul 2024

London, GB

Job ID:  3236
School:  Regional Office (Europe)
Company:  Nord Anglia Education

Join the dynamic team at one of our international schools in England, a prestigious institution renowned for its exceptional GCSE and A-level programs. With a commitment to academic excellence, our college prepares ambitious international students for admission to top universities. Our school offers a vibrant learning environment in one of the world's most iconic university cities. As a safeguarding-focused institution, we prioritize the welfare of our students. Join us and make a difference in the lives of aspiring scholars. Enhanced DBS check required.


Key Aspects of Role: The Head of Boarding will lead and manage the entire boarding program, ensuring compliance with the current minimum Ofsted Framework (SCIFF) and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools (5 Sept 2022). This role is pivotal in maintaining a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment for all boarding students.


Reports to: Principal


Areas of Responsibility:


General Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the implementation and maintenance of National Minimum Standards within all boarding house practices and processes.
  • Ensure the provision of a safe and homely environment for all boarders, safeguarding their welfare.
  • Support and oversee House Managers and Senior House Parents in the efficient running of their respective boarding residences.
  • Ensure adherence to current health and safety, safeguarding, and child protection legislation and procedures, upholding the school's policy on child protection.
  • Assist in tours of the boarding facilities as required.
  • Oversee the daily registrations, ensuring absences are tracked down and accounted for immediately.
  • Foster a sense of collective responsibility and sensitivity for the wellbeing of others among students.
  • Plan and support weekend activities for boarding students.
  • Coordinate with House Managers regarding Expat applications and detailed arrangements for student arrivals and departures during vacations and term breaks.
  • Prepare for and assist in boarding inspections.


Student Behaviour, Welfare, and Leadership:

  • Take an active role in the care and welfare of all boarders, nurturing a feeling of respect and trust.
  • Establish a supportive boarding environment with clear boundaries and expectations for behaviour.
  • Monitor academic behaviour and liaise with teaching staff, House Managers, and Assistant Directors of Teaching (ADT) to ensure a consistent approach to student attainment and wellbeing.
  • Communicate regularly with House Managers on general welfare and wellbeing issues, especially where there are concerns.
  • Attend to students' minor medical needs and liaise with healthcare professionals for more serious issues.
  • Support the provision of weekly informal activities for boarders.
  • Develop relationships based on trust and respect, understanding the individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses of each student.
  • Ensure compliance with school procedures for dispensing, storing, and recording medications.


Domestic Responsibilities:

  • Act as Loco Parentis, serving as a role model for all boarders.
  • Guide boarders through their daily routines.
  • Engage with students to develop relationships based on knowledge, respect, and trust.
  • Maintain a visual presence while on duty, responding proactively to boarders' needs.
  • Assist with the induction of new boarders and their return after term breaks.
  • Facilitate social activities within the boarding houses and encourage participation.
  • Assist students with homework and organisation of their school work.
  • Conduct room checks to ensure safe and healthy living conditions.
  • Support students in adjusting to a more independent lifestyle away from home.
  • Read and update the Boarding Daily Log to ensure all staff are informed of house events.
  • Monitor and guide the safe use of ICT by boarders.


Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Ensure daily registrations are carried out effectively according to school policy.
  • Maintain key monitoring files and detailed student records with confidentiality.
  • Update documentation relating to boarding students, parents, and CPOMs files.
  • Report welfare or mental health concerns about students through CPOMs within two hours.
  • Liaise through CPOMs with academic staff to ensure each boarder fulfills their academic potential.


Responsibility and Reporting Relationships:

  • Report directly to the Principal for all boarding matters, keeping them informed of significant issues related to the behaviour and wellbeing of boarders and boarding staff.
  • Undertake necessary training to adhere to standards.
  • Attend and actively participate in meetings, communicating relevant information to the Principal and House Managers.


Experience and Qualifications:

  • Degree level education or higher is desirable.
  • Proven track record in a boarding or childcare setting.
  • Experience in pastoral care of students in an educational setting.
  • Safeguarding experience and training up to Level 2, with willingness to train up to Level 3.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Training including first response.



  • Self-motivated, confident, committed, and enthusiastic.
  • Resilient, energetic, and persevering.
  • Kind, patient, friendly, approachable, flexible, and empathetic.
  • Passionate about the development of young people.
  • Appreciation and understanding of the context of international education.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills with digital competence.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional under pressure.
  • A sense of humor is a definite bonus.



At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world-class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people can thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils where we embrace all race, abilities, religions, genders, and cultures.

All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both your country of residence/birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years.

We welcome applications from suitable qualified persons from all diverse backgrounds.

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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