TASIS England is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. All post-holders are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS criminal records check and further pre-employment checks.
TASIS The American School in England, is an international school and community where the aspirations and potential of every student are fostered, nurtured, and challenged. Our students age range is from 4 to 18 years with a total of 713 students of which 195 are boarders.
TASIS England is dedicated to inspiring within each student the pursuit of knowledge, the love of wisdom, an appreciation for beauty, and the development of strong character. These values, coupled with physical activity, artistic endeavours, and service to others orchestrate educational opportunities unparalleled to none. Our Upper School International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) results are consistently strong which means that our students are well-prepared both academically and emotionally to go on to study at some of the best universities in the world.
We are currently working towards an exciting boarding restructure to offer enhanced facilities and student support and have openings for the following residential posts:
The main demand of this role is a genuine desire to be involved in the lives of young people and the willingness to give unstintingly of your time.
The House Master/Mistress (HM) is responsible to the Head of Boarding for the overall leadership and smooth running of the Boarding House, the supervision and guidance of the Deputy House Master/Mistress (DHM) and the Tutor Team and, above all, the safety and welfare of the students ensuring compliance with all of the National Minimum Standards that relate directly to Boarding. He/she is resident in the Boarding House for the academic year and helps to establish its character, whilst maintaining as much parity with other Boarding Houses in terms of facilities and numbers as is possible. It is important to prepare a handbook well before the start of the academic year, which will contain the code of conduct, House rules and, also, photos of the students who will still be in the House when new boarders arrive. The role involves working closely with other members of teaching staff across the school, as well as administration staff and the wider community of auxiliary staff that help with the establishment of a fair, productive and happy, social and working boarding environment. Ensuring that proactive measures, where possible, are taken to avoid any contravention of the rules is an essential element of the role. It is expected that the HM will be a member of faculty working a reduced timetable calculated according to the number of students in the Boarding House. Regular and appropriate training will be provided and, especially, a rigorous induction programme prior to taking up this position.
The HM has to ensure that all students have completed an induction process and that the daily routine is understood and adhered to. This induction process should be prepared in conjunction with the Head of Boarding. Additionally, that the students understand where they should be and why, that they are organised and prepared for their lesson or activity.
Draw up a fair schedule of duties with the DHM and the Tutor Team ensuring that supervision is consistent and appropriate at all times. It is the HM’s responsibility to organise cover duties as necessary.
House Rewards and Sanctions
The HM has to ensure that House rules are adhered to and that responses are both measured and fair in relation to any contraventions. A system of rewards should be followed to recognise compliance of the rules and for good conduct. Matters relating must be recorded and where necessary referred to the Head of Boarding for further action.
- Hold weekly, recorded, meetings with the DHM and House Tutors in addition to a weekly meeting with the Head of Boarding, along with other HMs.
- Ensure all staff involved in the Boarding House are fulfilling their duties to a high and professional standard.
- Be open and honest about performance and encourage and facilitate professional development.
- Lead the ethos of the Boarding House and foster an atmosphere of calm and caring professionalism among the whole community.
- Uphold and ensure that the ethos of TASIS England is engendered in the boarding community.
Weekday Routines (Sunday – Thursday)
3 morning weekday wake-ups followed by breakfast with boarders (check-in 07:40-08:10)
1 weeknight duty (not Friday) (17:45-22:30 including dinner check-in and supervision of Study Hall in House)
2 after school duties (15:15-17:45) (not Friday)
3 weeknights on call
Supervise and monitor a robust paper sign in/out system so that the whereabouts of students is known at all times even when on campus.
Maintain electronic entries for off-campus activities.
Alternate weekend duty, comprising:
Saturday 09:00-bedtime duty in house (including morning, lunch and evening check-ins in the dining hall and final check-in in House)
Sunday 09:00-17:45 duty in house (including morning and lunch check-ins)
Friday and Saturday night on-call
There will be a period of four consecutive hours on each of Saturday and Sunday during which the House will be covered by House Tutors (by arrangement and agreed at least two weeks in advance).
In addition: to liaise with Head of Upper School Student Life to ensure a wide range of high quality, interesting and fulfilling activities are planned and executed.
To undertake and maintain risk assessments for trips in conjunction with Head of Boarding and Head of Upper School Student Life.
To develop, manage, maintain and work within an allocated budget for resources and expenses with clear and open records of expenditure.
Contact with Parents
HMs should build friendly and professional working relationships with parents, guardians and agents and ensure regular contact is maintained and recorded. A boarding report for all students in the House is written by the HM at the end of each semester.
To participate in the promotion of the boarding experience through regular publications and the use of professional social media accounts.
Manage and maintain academic study times during the week (Study Hall), be informed and aware of the academic progress of the boarders and initiate and facilitate academic support through the school’s academic staff.
Health and Safety
Keep a regular, weekly, record of Health and Safety items and ensure prompt responses to matters relating.
- To know the identity of the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputies.
- Proactively be alert to indicators of potential safeguarding issues and report these immediately in accordance with the School’s procedure
- Be aware of the School’s Safeguarding Policy and follow its requirements
- Attend training pertaining to Safeguarding of Children
- Engage in safe practice and professional conduct to safeguard children to mitigate against the potential for misunderstandings or situations being misconstrued
- Create safe and secure residential environments
- Responsibilities at the beginning and end of the academic year (and before and after holidays)
- Have knowledge of all students entering the House after the holidays including a detailed itinerary of flights and transfer arrangements from the airport.
- Have prepared and assigned each student to a dormitory comprising of others of a similar age, and to disseminate the information to all relevant parties.
- Make sure all the students have read and understood the House Rules and Expectations.
- Liaise with the School Pastoral and/or Academic Staff regarding any new boarders or when matters that relate to the school life arise.
- Welcome all new boarders and show them their new room and prepare a ‘new parents’ document (translated where appropriate).
- Be available at the beginning and ends of the terms for coordination of the start of term including airport trips.
Desire to be involved in the life and welfare of young people.
Excellent safeguarding knowledge and training.
Experience of working in a residential boarding role within a boarding school in the UK.
International school experience.
Experience within a mixed boarding school.
Boarding School Association training.
Working knowledge of the NMS for boarding.
Has undergone a residential Ofsted inspection.
Empathetic, enthusiastic and outgoing
Sense of humour.
Flexible, adaptable and approachable
Professional and having integrity.
Emotionally intelligent with stamina and dignity.
Applicants should send a completed Application Form, accompanied with a covering letter addressed to Head of School explaining their motivation in applying for this role, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to the high levels of interest in working at TASIS we will only contact individuals who have been selected for Interview. If you do not hear within 5 working days of the closing date, you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.
A competitive salary with attractive benefits will be offered based on experience, skills and knowledge.
The School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
More About TASIS The American School in England
Located in a rural setting in the small village of Thorpe, Surrey, TASIS The American School in England, is an international school for students from Nursery through Grade 12 (ages 3 to 18). We are a day school for students of all ages, and offer boarding in our Upper School (Grades 9 to 12, ages 14 to 18). Throughout all grades we teach a content-rich curriculum which enables students to develop broad knowledge across Science, History, Foreign Languages, the Humanities, Arts, and the core subjects of English and Math, as well as developing physical, emotional and social skills, and literacy. In our Upper School we offer students either the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program or the American High School diploma, with the option of additional Advanced Placement (AP) courses.