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Graduate Assistant
Closing Date:  09 May 2017
Telephone: 01865 229227
Salary:  10950
Job Description: 

The school seeks to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated graduate to join our housestaff team. The post would suit applicants considering teaching as a career, but applications from other fields are welcome, including those who wish to work in marketing or administration. The post is residential and a fixed-term contract for the period 1 September 2017 – 5 July 2018.

The Croft and Cottage boarding houses cater for approximately 70 pupils in total, aged 8-18 years old. Girls share dormitories in The Croft, the smallest dormitories accommodating two pupils and the largest dormitories accommodating six pupils. Girls in years 11, 12 and 13 have single study bedrooms in The Cottage. The Graduate Assistant will work with a team of staff including the Senior Housemistress in each house and the Head of Boarding, to whom she is accountable.

Responsibilities include:

  • safeguarding and promoting the welfare of girls in the boarding house
  • supporting the Christian ethos of the school and giving help and support where needed
  • ensuring that the general atmosphere of the house is conducive to study at the designated times
  • organising and supervising weekend and evening activities
  • reporting any maintenance issues in the boarding house
  • manning the boarding office and assisting with administrative duties related to the running of the house
  • maintaining appropriate standards of behaviour by the girls
  • supervising meal times and bed times when on duty
  • liaising with the Catering Manager and kitchen staff concerning food
  • organising the collection and return of laundry
  • assisting with matters concerning girls’ health as directed by the School Nurse and in accordance with the school’s procedures
  • keeping relevant records

It is anticipated that Graduate Assistants will have the opportunity to establish a link with a department within the school, and thus to gain further relevant experience of education.  Please express your areas of interest in your application. 

It is important that the Graduate Assistant enjoys life in a community and in the company of young people from both the UK and abroad.  She should be flexible, sensible, approachable, enthusiastic, energetic, considerate and a good communicator.  She will liaise regularly with the Head of Boarding, housestaff, teaching staff, support staff, parents and guardians.  Ideally she will have a clean UK driving licence and an up-to-date first aid qualification.  The ability to drive a minibus would be an advantage.

Single accommodation is provided during term time and school holidays for the duration of the fixed-term contract.  All meals are provided during term-time.  Staff have access all year round to a kitchen and laundry areas for personal washing.  Staff benefit from access to the school’s Fitness Suite, and use of the outdoor heated swimming pool in the summer term.

Graduate Assistants will be required to work not more than five and a half days a week with one and a half days off consecutively.  In addition to all other holidays, Graduate Assistants will be entitled to one weekend off work in each term, the dates to be agreed with the Head of Boarding.  At each half term Graduate Assistants will be entitled to take time off from the evening of the first Friday of half term (once all the boarders have left the house) until lunchtime on the second Sunday, boarders returning to the boarding house during the afternoon.

Applications (application form, accompanying letter and full curriculum vitae with contact details for two referees) should be sent to the Headmistress:

Miss Alison Jones
Rye St Antony
Pullen’s Lane

Telephone 01865 762802


For an application form, please see the Staff Vacancies page of the school’s website or contact                      Ms Ellen Phelips (  Applications will be accepted only from candidates who have completed the application form in full.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9 May 2017, and the interview programme is planned for Wednesday 17 May 2017.                          

Candidates must be willing to undergo Child Protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. The post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and therefore all relevant convictions, cautions and bind-overs, including those regarded as ‘spent’, must be declared. The amendments  to the Exceptions Order 1975 (2013) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are 'protected' and are not subject to disclosure to employers, and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.  Candidates must not have been disqualified from working with children, and must not be named on the Children’s Barred List or be subject to any sanctions imposed by a regulatory body.  Details of any convictions, cautions or bind-overs subject to disclosure must be passed to the Headmistress before interview in a sealed envelope marked ‘confidential’.