DAY MATRON IN A BOARDING HOUSE
Place of Work: Designated Boarding House
Responsible to: Housemistress/Housemaster for pastoral duties, the Domestic Services
Manager for other duties and ultimately to the Bursar.
The Day Matron plays a key role in the pastoral care in the House for boarding and day pupils. The
Matron will be invited to become a full member of the Senior Common Room and will be expected to
maintain high professional standards of confidentiality in matters relating to pupils.
1. Responsible for the day to day running of the boarding house, health, welfare and pastoral care
of the boarding and day pupils. The cleaning staff are responsible to the Matron, the Matron is
there to help encourage a good standard of tidiness and cleanliness from all pupils.
2. Matron should be available to see pupils at anytime; before morning school begins, during the
morning and afternoon break and between 12.45 pm and 1.55 pm.
3. The Matron must be able to provide simple first aid, plus occasional care of pupils off school due
to illness for a day. Normally if pupils are ill for more than a day they will be admitted to the
school sick bay. In case of an epidemic, Matrons may be expected to undertake simple nursing
duties if a dormitory has to be set aside in the House. In such circumstances, Matrons may be
asked if it would be possible to work some extra hours. It is vitally important that children
staying in bed in the House are kept warm, fed and comfortable, and that there is good liaison
with sick bay.
4. It is important to have a brief meeting with the Houseparent every morning before morning
school, also to have a regular weekly meeting with the House Staff, to work with confidentiality
and discretion as part of a team and to liaise with parents when necessary. Matrons will be
expected to meet parents at the beginning and end of terms when they bring and collect their
5. The Matron is in charge of ordering cleaning supplied, buying toiletries, signing cleaners’ time
sheets, and keeping accounts for end of term bills of extra laundry and toiletries for the
6. The Matron keeps a check in and out of all laundry sent to the laundry.
7. The Matron is required to do washing, especially for younger members of the House, to ensure
correct uniform and arrange replacement when necessary; to do minor sewing repairs.
8. The Matron’s role extends to ensuring house rules are kept, to help keep a check on pupils in
house during private study time, to authorise ‘in house’ chits for pupils and to locate pupils
missing from lessons.
9. Any house repairs and breakages are reported daily to the Bursar’s Office.
10. Matrons works with Houseparents in planning yearly house budget bids.
a. The Matron will assist the School Sister with the general provision of health care for
pupils. Optical and dental appointments are made by the Matron and pupils are
escorted for treatment if necessary.
b. Each pupil’s height and weight is recorded regularly as directed by the School Doctor.
c. The Matron will purchase, store and dispense medication, as directed by the School
Sister. The list provided by the School Sister must be followed.
d. Daily records of medication and injury are to be maintained. These will be inspected
regularly by the Houseparent and the School Sister.
e. The Matron will advise pupils on matters of hygiene and the maintenance of good health.
12. The Houseparent is responsible to the Head for the reasonable parental care of the pupils in
house. The Matron is a vital part of the team and provides a good stable influence for the pupils
in her care. She should provide a sympathetic, confidential environment for pupils seeking help
or advice and be willing to counsel pupils as she feels able and refer to other sources of help
Matrons are entitled to a paid ½ hour lunch break, meals are provided in the staff dining room during
The Day Matron is expected to be in the House from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am
to 12.15pm on a Saturday. There are certain activities which are part of the Matron’s role, (eg shopping
for the House) which inevitably mean leaving the House. Except in cases of real emergency, Matrons
should time these activities to take place when there are other staff present in the House (eg House
Normal school holidays, except that Matrons will start 3 days before term begins to prepare the house
and meet new arrivals and parents, and finish 2 days after term ends. May Day Bank holiday is a working
day at the School.