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Contract TypeFULL TIME*
Salary£25,671 pa**
Start Date4 JANUARY 2023
Closing Date1 OCTOBER 2023
We are looking to appoint a Housemistress/master 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

The successful candidate will have experience of working with children and an understanding of the needs of children in a boarding environment. *The position is full time, term time only with 2 days off per week.

Interviews will take place w/c 2nd October 2023. **Salary subject to cost of living award.

Main Duties

  • Liaise with and provide support to the Senior Housemistress/master (SHM) by sharing responsibility for the efficient day-to day running of all aspects of the boarding house in consultation with the Pastoral Coordinator and the Deputy Principal.
  • Liaise with the school’s medical staff to ensure the correct care and welfare of the pupils. Basic first aid training is provided unless a qualification is already held.
  • Pastoral care – the care of the individual pupil: sympathetic, caring, responsible and patient understanding of the age group.
  • The Housemistress/master (HM) is an integral member of a team of house staff, supporting the Senior Housemistress/master (SHM) in creating a cohesive and harmonious team, leading that team in the SHM’s absence and assisting with a range of house duties or leading them in consultation with the SHM.
  • Maintain regular contact and foster good relationships with parents, in consultation with the SHM, Pastoral Coordinator or Deputy Principal.
  • Share responsibility for all aspects of safety as directly related to the boarding house, including assisting with the completion of annual risk assessments.
  • The undertaking of any reasonable additional duties at the request of the Deputy Principal or Principal.

Duties & Presence

  • Help to maintain a welcoming, tidy and homely atmosphere.
  • Monitor behaviour and deal appropriately with any disciplinary issues.
  • Uphold standards of dress, general appearance and personal hygiene.
  • Ensure that there is an appropriate working atmosphere during prep.
  • Maintain an orderly bedtime routine.
  • Ensure the pupils are up in time for breakfast, registered and ready for the school day.
  • Deal with emergencies of any kind, including escorting pupils to medical appointments where required.
  • Assist with the completion of pastoral reports.
  • Help to maintain pastoral records of pupils and other relevant administrative house tasks.
  • Be ‘ever present’ and a visible presence by regularly moving about all areas of the house.
  • Be available to the pupils in the house for both formal and informal contact, maintaining appropriate boundaries at all times.
  • Sleep in the house on all duty nights. The HM has two weekdays off per week and may stay away overnight on days off, subject to adequate staffing.
  • Cover additional duties as required such as the supervision of meals, prep, extra—curricular activities and special occasions, maintaining punctuality.

Person Specification


  • Experience of working with children and an understanding of the needs of children in a boarding environment.
  • Clear commitment to implementing whole school/staff policies relating to the safeguarding of children
  • A sound understanding of child protection and the National Minimum Standards for Boarding.
  • Proven strong communication skills with both adults and young people.
  • A high degree of confidentiality and punctuality.
  • Genuine enthusiasm and the ability to work well within a wider team, maintaining effective working relationships.
  • An ability to support a manager yet step into that role when required.
  • Good organisational and problem solving skills.
  • An ability to remain calm under pressure.
  • High levels of motivation, patience, diplomacy and creativity.
  • A sense of humour.


  • Previous experience in other boarding or residential environments working with young people.
  • First Aid qualification.
  • A BSA qualification or an interest in obtaining one.
  • Full clean driver’s licence and the ability to drive a minibus or the willingness to learn.


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.