OLD SWINFORD HOSPITAL
Required from September 2009, Old Swinford Hospital seeks to appoint a dedicated and hard
working Matron to promote the welfare of the boys in the School‟s brand new senior boarding
house, Potter House. This is an ideal opportunity for somebody looking for a challenging and
rewarding role. The post is for 40 hours per week, term time only. The successful candidate will
join a strong boarding community within an “outstanding school” (OFSTED 2006). This post would
suit equally an individual with boarding school experience or someone seeking a new challenge.
Old Swinford Hospital is one of the country‟s leading state boarding schools. Sixty percent of the
School‟s 614 students are boarders who come from a wide range of backgrounds in the UK, EU
and overseas and the School is oversubscribed at every admission stage. The School hosts
training courses for the Boarding Schools Association and the Headmaster is currently a member
of the State Boarding Schools‟ Association.
The School enjoys a very good academic reputation and regularly features in the lists of the most
academically successful maintained schools. A highly positive OfSTED inspection took place
during Michaelmas Term 2006 and the School was designated “Outstanding” in all inspection
categories. In 2007 we were included in Ofsted‟s list of „Outstanding‟ providers. Most leavers gain
admission to “premier league” and “first division” universities.
There is a comprehensive extra-curricular programme within which art, music, drama and sport
feature strongly. The School has Specialist Status as a Business and Enterprise College. In 2007
we designated a High Performing Specialist School and from April 2008 we have gained a
Second Specialism in Science. There are developing links with many schools around the world,
including St. John‟s Senior Secondary School, Nandere, Uganda.
By tradition, Old Swinford Hospital is a school for boys. However, girls joined the School as Sixth
Form day students for the first time in 2004 and there are now some 80 girls amongst the Sixth
Form of 270.
Old Swinford Hospital has been granted some £10 million by the DCSF in order to expand by a
further 150 pupils over the next five years. 100 of these additional places will be for boarders.
As part of the expansion programme, Potter House will be completed for September 2009 to
increase the Senior Houses to seven in number with a Junior House for Year 7 only. Potter House
will have a capacity of 85 boarders. All boarders at the school are boys. The age range in the
Senior House is years 8-13 (age c12-18yrs).
This post represents a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to help create an ethos
and begin the traditions that make a boarding house a happy and successful environment.
The duties and responsibilities of the Matron are wide and varied but as with all boarding staff the
principles remain putting the welfare of the pupils first. In no particular order of priority the Matron
is responsible to the Housemaster for the following:
a. The House Matron is accountable in the first instant to the Housemaster, then to the
Director of Boarding, the Deputy Headmaster and, ultimately, to the Headmaster;
b. Liaising with the Housemaster on a daily basis, and working closely with other colleagues
in the House to ensure the general welfare of the boys;
c. Supervision of the House at break, at lunchtimes and at other times as requested by the
d. Ensuring that boys‟ clothes and bedding are sent to the laundry as per the arranged rota,
and are distributed to the boys on return;
e. Laundering the „home clothes‟ of the full boarders;
f. encouraging the boys to wash each day, and attend to their own personal hygiene and
g. Ensuring the boys‟ areas are tidy and their clothes and shoes are clean;
h. Ensuring the House is clean, including liaising with the House cleaners, the cleaning
supervisor and the Domestic Services Manager;
i. Monitoring the diet of the boys in the House, and liaising with Housemaster and Medical
Centre as appropriate;
j. Reporting any breakage or defects to the Facilities Manager on the appropriate form;
k. Helping to prepare the House for each new term, and ensuring it is left in a satisfactory
state at term end;
l. To monitor and administer minor First Aid and distributing medication as directed by the
m. Ensuring boys are reminded of medical appointments, and accompanying them if required;
n. Dealing with enquiries from parents as directed by the Housemaster;
o. Managing the House pocket money system;
p. Reporting any absences, problems or misconduct to the Housemaster;
q. Attending House and school functions as appropriate;
r. Perform other reasonable duties as requested by the Housemaster.
You are entitled to take meals in the School Dining room, without charge, during your breaks
when on duty.
All employees of Old Swinford Hospital have responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the
welfare of children.
a. Although not essential, experience of working with young people and knowledge of
boarding education would be preferable;
b. You need to be able to put the welfare of the pupils in your care as a priority;
c. You need to have patience, the ability to work as part of a team and above all a sense of
d. You need to be caring, approachable, a good listener and possess a pride in the work you
e. You need to be able to maintain discipline and apply the rules and regulations of the
f. You need to have good communication skills;
g. Above all you need to be dedicated towards promoting and maintaining the schools ethos
of providing the best possible boarding education.
HOURS OF WORK
40 hours per week, Monday to Saturday, term time only (36 weeks per year). In addition you are
required to work one day before term starts and one day after term finishes by agreement with the
Hours of work exclude meal breaks.
Hours to be worked are in accordance with a weekly timetable prepared by the Housemaster. A
flexible approach to working hours is necessary as some evening hours may be required to be
worked, for example during an Open Evening, House parties etc.
Salaries are paid in line with point 11 to 14 of the National Joint Council, APT&C scales pro rata to
hours and weeks worked. It is anticipated that commencing salary will be inline with Point 11. The
pro rata salary is £12,474pa. Progression up the pay spine is by annual increment in September
subject to satisfactory performance management review.
You are entitled to the same holidays as the school, except that you are required to work one day
before term starts and one day after term finishes by agreement with the Housemaster.
The annual rate of pay includes payment for 4 weeks annual leave and 14 statutory and
concessionary days, increasing to 5 weeks annual leave after 5 years service
Applications should be addressed to the Headmaster and must be received by him no later than
noon on Thursday 12th March 2009.
An application form can be requested by contacting Reception on 01384 817300 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or obtained from the School‟s website at www.oshsch.com in the staff
Completed applications can either be returned by post or by email as detailed below:-
Applications sent by post should be addressed to the Headmaster at the following address:-
Old Swinford Hospital,
Stourbridge. DY8 1QX
Applicants sent by email should be sent to email@example.com.
Applications must contain the following:
A letter of application of not more than five hundred words;
A fully completed Application Form, including full career history;
A fully completed Medical Questionnaire;
A brief Curriculum Vitae;
The names and contact details of three referees, all of whom should have known the
applicant a professional capacity.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of senior staff. They will also be asked to
teach at least part of a lesson. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 24th March 2009. Unless
applicants indicate that they would prefer otherwise, the School may approach referees prior to
selecting candidates for interview.
Old Swinford Hospital reserves the right to check the accuracy of statements made as part of an
application process. Those submitting an application are deemed to have given consent to such
checks being made.
Old Swinford Hospital welcomes applications for employment from all sectors of the community.
SUITABILITY TO WORK WITH CHILDREN
Old Swinford Hospital is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and
applicants are required to undertake an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.