Applications are invited for the post of Residential Houseparent at Marymount International School, a leading independent, international, Catholic day and boarding school for girls aged 11-18. Marymount is situated on a beautiful 7 acre estate in a residential area of north-east Surrey in close proximity to central London.

Candidates will only be considered on the completion of an application form which can be downloaded from the right hand menu, or requested directly from the School. Interviews will take place as soon as suitable candidates have applied, with an anticipated start date as close to the 1st March as possible. This is a short term position ending in June 2018. For the right candidate there is potential for extension to the 2018/19 academic year. Marymount International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and will carry out an Enhanced DBS check and appropriate screening on applicants.

Completed Applications should be sent to:

Miss Sarah Ross

Marymount International School

George Road

Kingston upon Thames

Surrey KT2 7PE

Tel : 020 8949 0571

E-mail :


Job Description

Each Houseparent is a member of the residential team and is directly responsible to the Head of Boarding and the Headmistress. She will work to ensure the smooth running of the four houses – Gailhac, Butler, St. Joseph’s and Main House. The Houseparent’s overall aim is to create a relaxed, happy and caring environment, respecting the rights of others and maintaining good discipline.

The Houseparent works with the resident students in loco parentis, teaches by presence and example, and challenges the students to adopt correct and good behaviour, always considerate of their boarding companions and especially roommates. The Houseparent works with the boarders, implementing rules, regulations and recommendations with consistency, firmness and fairness. The Houseparent will endeavour to create an atmosphere of well being in her House where the resident students will feel at home and at ease in the after school time and living situation.

Her role is shared with other residential staff, non-residential staff and the non-residential School Nurses. The Houseparent will also work with student advisors in order to promote an understanding of the academic progress of students. Each Houseparent will act as a mentor for

a small group of students so that individual academic and social needs can be supported.

Working Days: Sunday 9am to Thursday 9am. Free time given between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Wednesday.  

Days off: Thursday (from 9am) to Saturday


  • To have a genuine interest in the girls’ happiness, quality of life and progress.


  • To attend to the pastoral care of the girls in her house and to immediately report to Head of Boarding and/or Guidance Counsellor when she has a concern about a student or students.


  • To demonstrate care, compassion, availability, common sense and above all reliability and accountability.


  • To work closely with all other Houseparents to plan appropriate leisure activities both during the week and at weekends.


  • To meet regularly with girls in her respective mentor group to discuss school situations, to listen attentively to needs and to affirm students in their efforts.


  • To be aware of the academic progress of her students and to communicate with respective teachers any areas of concern. To attend meetings which will promote support for student progress.


  • To meet regularly with the Houseparent Team to ensure clear and professional communication regarding the care of the students.


  • To meet with Head of Boarding to advise of any difficulties or problems that may need immediate attention.


  • To report to the nurse any illness before class and to follow up on all students, reporting any illness to the Head of Boarding.


  • To maintain and update the files of her girls, checking at the beginning of term for the permission form, the validity and expiry date of passports and visas for travel. Passports etc. to be kept in the safe in the Houseparents’ Office in separate mentor group draws, not in the Houseparents’ bedrooms.


  • To undertake all supervisory duties as required by the schedule of events and activities, according to the duty rota. To work flexibly in accordance with the requirements of other members of the Houseparent Team in order to ensure a harmonious and professional environment.


  • To oversee the order of the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and lounge of the house where they are on duty.


  • To do a final check every evening of the girls in each dorm at the time of lights out, so as to ascertain that each student is accounted for and precautions are taken in case of an emergency during the night. The bed check list should be ticked in order to complete this task


  • To see to the correctness and tidiness of dress code at all times.


  • To consistently implement the policies for ensuring discipline within the boarding house.


  • To complete and read the daily handover spreadsheet every day in order to be fully aware of ongoing issues. To read all handover material and team meeting agendas when returning from scheduled time off.


  • To be aware of fire alarm procedures and evacuation of the buildings and all safety and security procedures required.


  • To attend any called meetings with the Head of Boarding and the Headmistress.

  • All Houseparents are provided with en-suite accommodation and access to a lounge and kitchen facilities.


The Houseparents will always act in a manner that recognizes their position as educators among students. Their interaction with the students will be respectful and dignified. They will teach by example as well as by word. In their work and in their dedication and commitment to the students they will undertake the philosophy and charisma of Marymount – “that all may have life” .