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House Parent Simba International School

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Simba International School

Job Title: House Parent

Responsible to: The Head of the School

Job Purpose

  • The Houseparent is responsible for all aspects of the functioning of the Boarding House of which he or she is in charge.
  • Responsible for the welfare of the boys under their charge, for the day- to-day management of the house staff.
  • Expected to run the house in accordance with agreed school practice.
  • The Houseparent becomes a member of the teaching staff with reduced teaching assignments.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To oversee the personal and academic development of all the boys in his or her care;
  • To ensure the School Minimum Standards for Boarding are adhered to;
  • To see that good discipline is maintained;
  • To make all necessary domestic arrangements for the comfort, health and welfare of the pupils in the Boarding House
  • To coordinate House Matron(s) and other staff as may be required to run the Boarding House efficiently;
  • To see that the Boarding House is always properly and efficiently staffed, overseeing the Assistant Houseparent, cleaning staff and pastoral staff on duty in the evenings;
  • To conduct all ordinary correspondence with parents and others concerning the health and welfare of boarders at the Boarding House;
  • To ensure that all furniture, equipment and fittings in the Boarding House, including the private side, remain in good repair and condition (fair wear and tear excepted),
  • To arrange for all required maintenance;
  • To maintain confidentiality at all times in respect of school-related matters and to prevent disclosure of confidential and sensitive information;
  • To undertake all reasonable requests and directions made by, or on behalf of, the Trust to promote the interests of Simba International School.
  • To ensure the Boarding House has a happy and secure environment in which each pupil is able to develop emotionally and academically and become a valued member of society.
  • To monitor pastoral care and report findings to the Head
  • To promote opportunities for the personal, moral, social, cultural and spiritual development of each pupil in the Boarding House.
  • To ensure policies on pastoral issues (including child protection, bullying, rewards and sanctions) are understood and adhered to.
  • To be responsible for the extra-curricular programme in the Secondary section, ensuring pupils have a variety of experiences.

Person Specification – Boarding Houseparent

Ndola Education Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.


  • These are qualities without which the Applicant could not be appointed


  • Extra qualities which can be used to choose between applicants who meet all of the essential criteria

Method of assessment

  • Qualifications
  • Degree or equivalent qualification
  • Further qualifications in boarding
  • Certificates


  • Experience of pastoral care of children in an educational environment
  • Experience of working with children in a residential setting.
  • Significant ongoing training in boarding
    Written Application and interview.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, parents and pupils
  • Ability to engage with and impress prospective parents
  • Ability to manage children in groups
  • A passion for the broader education of children
  • Competence in enforcing rules and routines
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to use own initiative and work as part of a team
  • Demonstrative integrity
  • Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues
  • Awareness of the ethos of independent boarding and day schools.
  • Awareness of current best practice in boarding
  • Ability to make a significant contribution to the School’s extensive co-curricular programme CV / resume, references and interview.

Personal competencies and qualities

  • Commitment to the safety, health and well-being of children and young people
  • Tact, patience and sympathy in dealing with individuals
  • Flexible and adaptable in attitude and approach
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Committed to the ethos of an independent boarding school, including weekend and evening commitments
  • Resilient, robust and personable commitment to ethos and values of Simba School.
  • Optimism and a “can do” attitude

To apply for this job email your details to

Closing Date : 6th October, 2021

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