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Buckswood School , Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 4LT, United Kingdom
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Lead Residential Tutor
Closing Date:  17 June 2019
Contact:  Buckswood School
Telephone: 01424 813 813
Salary:  £26,000 - £28,000
Job Description: 


Buckswood School is an international, non-selective, independent boarding and day school, with approx. 350 students from over 45 nations. At Buckswood we recognise that every child is an individual and encouraging the students to be ‘their best selves’

Wokring in our boarding Residences as a Residential Tutor is a thrilling and demanding vocation. At Buckswood it is considered as a profession it in its own right; enabling our students to benefit from a caring team solely dedicated to ensuring their welfare, achievement, development and safety across all areas throughout their time at the school.

First and foremost, attainment of an abundant enthusiasm for boarding life, and for helping young people to live happy and purposeful lives is essential for House Staff at Buckswood. The role of our resideital staff is very intense and emotionally demanding on the one hand, and correspondingly rewarding and fulfilling on the other. The hours are long and must, by their nature, be flexible. However, the school holidays offer opportunities for rest and relaxation away from the school campus. The boarding culture at Buckswood is strong, and weekend activity is vibrant.

As a member of residenital staff at Buckswood you will have exciting opportunities to travel the globe as you accompany students on International Trips during Half Term vacations. Through this, you will be facilitating the chance for our students to explore new cultures and create gain memorable experiences as a valued and trusted guide

We expect residential tutors to throw themselves into the job be it organising an activity or a trip- the more YOU put into the journey the more you get out of it. 

Accommodation and meals (during term time) are provided but this is only suitable for a single person 

Resident tutors are responsible for the welfare and care of boarders within the school community; encompassing personal, emotional & social wellbeing. Resident tutors are expected to provide a stimulating, orderly, family atmosphere where the students feel safe, happy & enabled to learn best in accordance with the National Minimum Standards (NMS) for Boarding Schools, the Independent Schools Standards and Regulations (ISSR) and the aims and ethos along with boarding principles and practices of Buckswood School. Resident Tutors will deliver a wide range of stimulating activities for boarders in order for them to achieve their potential.

The key responsibilties are: 

  • To ensure that the individual circumstances, needs, strengths and weaknesses of each student are identified and known by staff as needed, so that individual opportunities, talents and potential are developed and maximised. 
  • To ensure that students understand the aims and objectives of boarding in the residence, and the principles on which community life in the residence is based; to cultivate a strong residence ethos encompassing “belonging”, relationships and achievement; to ensure that the boarding residence is running in accordance with the School’s stated routines. 
  • To develop and manage the Prefect(s) within the residence, so that they can play their part in carrying out effectively the tasks expected of them. 
  • To be aware of the implications of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools for welfare and pastoral care in the House. 
  • To liaise with the School’s Health Service to ensure that pupils’ medical requirements are properly catered for; to encourage students to adopt a healthy life style. 
  • To encourage students to join in weekend and evening activities and participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities beyond normal school hours. 
  • To monitor tidiness of student rooms on a daily basis e.g. ensuring beds are properly made and litter etc. is in bins.
  • To perform weekly house maintenance checks and deliver those checks to the Lead Residential Tutor, Deputy Head of Pastoral Care, Health and Safety Officer and Facilities Manager as per school practice.
  • To liaise with the Facilities Manager, Domestic Staff and Matron to ensure that the House is cleaned and that students’ belongings have been laundered; to ensure that pupils treat the belongings of others, and the fabric and furnishings of the House, with respect. 
  • To oversee Health and Safety standards and requirements within the residence.
  • To develop in the students, a collective responsibility to be aware of the difficulties or problems of others, and to offer such support and help for each other as is appropriate both individually and through the Wellbeing HUB. 
  • To be aware of the academic strengths and weaknesses of pupils; to liaise with academic staff to ensure that relevant background circumstances of pupils are known and discussed; to ensure that the conditions and supervision in evening prep are conducive to effective academic progress. 
  • To use every opportunity to cultivate contact and communicate with parents/guardians, to ensure that they are fully informed about their child’s progress and welfare; to ensure that family incidents and problems are brought to the attention on of those who need to know. 
  • To keep suitable records of student progress, welfare, health, emotional problems, achievements and misconduct; to provide such reports and feedback as required. 
  • To counsel students, at a time and place which is conducive to good communication concerning any emotional, academic, social or behavioural problems they may have; to liaise with fellow resident tutors as well as the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care and Lead resident tutor or School Counsellor if appropriate; to inform the appropriate senior colleague if any referral to outside agencies is required; to fulfil the requirements of the School’s policy on child protection. 
  • To support the School’s disciplinary policy and, by encouragement and reward and by a clearly understood and fair system of sanctions, foster an acceptance of the code of conduct of the School; to inform the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care of any significant breaches of School Rules and complete associated administration accordingly.  
  • To effectively manage, develop and evaluate scheduled extra-curricular activities and Big Events; encourage student participation and personal development outside of the classroom particularly at the weekends.
  • To be responsible for all passports and travel documentation belonging to the pupils being taken to the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care to be collected and stored according to school procedures.
  • To be responsible for securing the residence when on duty.
  • To be resident in the house accommodation provided by the school during term time, in accordance with the terms of your contract.
  • To ensure that all areas have been left tidy and in good order before leaving for any holiday.
  • To assist in appropriate pupil induction as directed by the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care. 
  • To deal with emergencies of any kind, including escorting pupils to hospital if required.
  • To deliver age and gender appropriate PSHE material in accordance with the school’s PSHE curriculum.
  • To perform any other key task which the Principals or Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care may reasonably assign.
  • To ensure that when on campus, whether on or off duty, that you are fit to respond and are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • To complete weekly House administration and attend the weekly boarding meeting, bringing all matters of discipline to the attention of other staff at these meetings. 
  • To be familiar with the School’s policies and procedures for child protection, countering bullying, substance misuse and health and safety and ensure the appropriate response needed in these areas is completed.
  • To implement the School’s systems of registration and leave, so that the whereabouts of students is recorded both during the week and at weekends as appropriate. 
  • To be responsible for the development of an attitude of care for the physical facilities of the residence among the students; to refer maintenance requests to the Facilities Manager in order to keep the residential environment in a good condition and to follow up these requests; to complete all Health and Safety Logs as required; to ensure the annual risk assessment of the building has been consulted; to audit the state of the building at regular intervals so that damage may be charged to the appropriate student, or to those groups who have used the residence during the holiday.
  • To complete training courses both internally and externally in order to develop necessary skills and those appropriate to the role. 
  • To set individual goals and targets as necessitated by the School’s systems of appraisal and review. 
  • To liaise with parents/guardians and travel secretary to ensure that departure and return travel information is collated and authorised.
  • To complete risk assessments for extra-curricular activities and off-campus trips and have these authorised by the Health and Safety Officer. 
  • To liaise with the transport department to ensure that all transport requirements are pre-booked. 
  • To meet regularly with students in residence and oversee any council meetings to discuss any issues concerning the residence.
  • To maintain administration files detailing procedures and routines.
  • To maintain individual student files including, as appropriate welfare plans/individual education plans
  • To ensure that any handover log books, discipline, medication, sanctions and other records are kept up to date.
  • To maintain records of communication/contacts with parents and/or guardians. Significant issues must be brought the attention of the principals and/or the deputy principal of pastoral care.
  • To work with the PR department, admissions department, Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care and Principals to promote boarding at Buckswood. This includes being involved in marketing the school at specific events and at other times when prospective parents are visiting and want to see the boarding provision.
  • To assist in appropriate student induction as instructed by the Deputy Principal of Pastoral Care.
  • To complete self-reflection logs (pink books) and hand to lead residential tutor for evaluation weekly.
  • Hours of work - Resident tutors are required to be actively on duty, in the residence and around the school during times set out below:
    • Morning shift – 07:00 – 09:00
    • Evening shift: 16:30 – 23:00
    • Overnight supervision: 23:00 – 07:00
    • Weekends: 09:30 – 23:00 with overnight supervision from 23:00 to 09:30 Friday and Saturday night with Sunday night supervision as with weeknights. 
  • Resident tutors will have one day off each week (Monday to Friday) with the exception of the first week of each term and are allowed one weekend off each term, which will be covered by other resident tutors. A weekend off constitutes 10:00 on Friday morning until 22:00 on Sunday night. This is allocated by rota but staff can switch weekends if approved by Deputy Principal Pastoral Care.
  • Resident tutors may choose to teach between 09:00 and 16:45 but this is on the understanding that this should in no way impact upon their core role of residential tutor and after discussion with the Principal. 
  • Resident tutors will be required to work for the first two days and last two days of the Christmas and Easter holidays. In addition they will be required to work the first two days of the summer holidays and to start five days prior to the start of the Christmas term.