Graduate Boarding Assistant

Contract TypeFULL TIME
Start Date5 September 2024
Closing Date20 JUNE 2024
We are looking to appoint a Graduate Boarding Assistant to work as part of our boarding team.

Tring Park School for the Performing Arts is one of the UK’s leading vocational and academic schools, situated in glorious countryside just half an hour from London. Working with 360 boarding and day pupils, aged 7 to 19, you will join a dedicated and supportive staff team within a school that offers the advantage of small classes with talented and committed students and strong public examination results.

We offer a wide range of benefits including a pension scheme, cycle to work scheme, free school lunches during term time, free onsite parking and enhanced maternity and paternity schemes.

About the role

Our boarding staff must enjoy being with young people as much as possible. It takes enthusiasm, patience and energy to sustain the full life of a boarding school with its considerable term time demands. The responsibility of caring for pupils is significant but rewarding and this must be undertaken sensitively and professionally to the same degree as a prudent parent, so that the safety and security of all pupils’ needs are met. We expect all staff to maintain the highest standards of professional, personal and ethical conduct and to be excellent role models.

The hours of duty will involve a balance of boarding commitments, extracurricular events and general assistance in the effective running of the school. The weekly work hours will be 40 hours per week on average during one school year (excluding holidays). There will be many opportunities to gain valuable experience in most areas of boarding school life. This experience will serve as a fantastic gateway into pastoral care, education or the performing arts. GBAs will also be allotted academic and/or vocational department time during the school day but the majority of time will be spent with pastoral duties. Applicants may also find opportunities for other duties at the school, which would be supplementary to their basic rate of pay. Accommodation and meals will be provided during term time.

Interview date: we will be shortlisting/interviewing on an ongoing basis and may appoint before the closing date, so please submit your application as soon as possible. *Contract is full time, fixed term for one year (working term time only). **Salary £15,232 pa plus food and accommodation during term time (age 21-22)/£15,647.60 pa plus food and accommodation during term time (age 23+).

Main Duties


  • Contribute to the boarding ethos in compliance with the School’s mission and boarding statements.
  • Support the Houseparents with the smooth running of the boarding houses.
  • Accompany pupils to locations outside the school grounds, assisting with offsite activities, escorting pupils to medical appointments and chaperoning pupils to the station.
  • Lead activities as qualified and required.
  • Support other areas of the School as qualified and/or required.
  • Report pastoral, disciplinary, academic or vocational concerns to the relevant staff.
  • Other duties as reasonably assigned by the Deputy Principal or those delegated this responsibility. This includes the Pastoral Coordinator and SHMs.

Boarding Routine

  • Assist the boarding staff teams during evening and weekend shifts with the supervision and pastoral care of pupils. Where appropriate, assist with low-level mediation of pupil issues.
  • Ensure that all responsibilities allocated to pupils are carried out properly. This will include supervision of various house activities and routines such as meals, prep and bedtimes.
  • Ensure house procedures are followed and house rules are enforced.

Pastoral Care

  • Model kind and positive behaviours in all interactions.
  • Be a source of support for pupils, listening well and providing appropriate advice when solicited.
  • Help pupils to develop correct habits and general routines in shared living and working spaces, for time management and for dealing with physical needs.
  • Help ensure the neat and appropriate appearance of each pupil taking into account school requirements and time of the year.
  • Help support pupils in the organisation of their personal belongings and space.
  • Help support pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle with regard to eating habits, physical movement and personal hygiene.

Code of Conduct

  • It is expected that all boarding staff will conduct themselves in a very responsible and professional manner at all times in school, boarding houses and the local community. All staff must ensure that they always enhance the reputation of the school and do not bring the school into disrepute.
  • Boarding staff should be available in sufficient time before and after the terms start and end as advised by the SHMs to ensure the house is prepared and ready.
  • All staff must adhere to the Staff Code of Conduct and all other school policies.
  • Perform any other duties as reasonably requested by the Deputy Principal or the Principal.

Person Specification


  • Fluent spoken and written English
  • Good computer skills
  • Clean safer recruitment checks
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent vocational training
  • Sense of humour
  • Clear commitment to implementing whole school/staff policies relating to the safeguarding of children


  • Current First Aid Training
  • Current and clean driver’s license
  • Experience working with young people
  • An interest in performing arts


Step 1. Complete Application Form

Download Application Form

Step 2. Apply via email

If you would like to apply for this role, please email us the Application Form along with a cover letter.


Tring Park School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be subject to an enhanced DBS check. It is an offence to apply for a role if you are barred from engaging in regulated activity with children. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a self-declaration form relating to any criminal record or information that would make them unsuitable to work with children. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity, with an environment where staff can thrive, regardless of their background. For information on how we will use your personal information during the recruitment process, please see the Staff Privacy Notice.