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Head of Boarding




Reddam House Helderfontein

Head of School



Inspired Background

Inspired is a leading global premium schools group educating over 45,000 students across an international network of over 64 schools on 5 continents.

A definitive statement of excellence in private education, Inspired is a co-educational, non-denominational, independent school group designed to inspire students to achieve their maximum potential in a nurturing, progressive academic environment from ages 1 to 18.

Inspired offers a fresh and contemporary approach to education by re-evaluating traditional teaching methods and curriculums, and creating a more dynamic, relevant and powerful model reflecting current attitudes. We nurture the unique individuality, talent and self-assurance of each student, equipping them to take on the world with the skills and confidence to ensure success.

Inspired was founded by Nadim M Nsouli and has grown by acquisitions and greenfield development of new schools. Inspired has offices in London, Johannesburg, Sydney, Auckland, Milan and Bogota.

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Safeguarding our Students

Reddam House Helderfontein is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a background check.

Summary of Role

The Head of Boarding is responsible for the overall leadership and smooth running of the Boarding establishment (both girls’ and boys’ boarding), the supervision and guidance of staff and, above all, the safety and welfare of the students. The role involves working closely with other members of the Boarding team of staff and 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.


Duties of the Head of Boarding include:

Pastoral oversight

  • Maintain high standards of personal conduct in the boarding houses, in accordance with school policies
  • Foster a homely, purposeful and safe atmosphere within the houses
  • Induct new boarders and liaise closely with their parents before, during and after their arrival at the school
  • Be proactive in seeking to forge excellent personal relationships with boarders, their parents and/or carers
  • Oversee the pastoral and academic welfare of all students in the boarding houses and act in loco parentis for boarders during term time
  • Carry out daytime and evening duties as agreed with the Head of School
  • Carry out weekend duties, on rotation, as agreed with the Head of School

Academic duties

  • Be an advocate of boarding across the wider school
  • Teach a chosen subject specialism on a commensurately reduced timetable
  • Maintain an active interest in the academic progress of boarders in the house and interceding on their behalf as required, for instance, by attending parents’ consultations etc.
  • Liaise closely with members of teaching staff across the school, as well as administrative staff and auxiliary staff to ensure the smooth running of the house
  • Feedback to parents formally, as part of the school’s reporting procedures


  • Manage the team of house staff – both academic and domestic – in order to ensure the smooth running of the house
  • Ensure that communications sent home, or to students, are read and understood by parents and carers
  • Hold regular weekly meetings with the staff operating in the house
  • Take responsibility for ensuring high standards amongst the staff, oversee their appraisal in accordance with the school’s existing systems for performance management
  • Draw up duty rotas throughout the term and ensure that duties are divided up equitably and the house is properly supervised at all times
  • Advise on the running of weekend activities, and leading on weekend duties, where required
  • Supervise off-site trips for boarders and complete the administrative tasks for such trips as required
  • Manage the day-to-day finances of the house and drawing up well-costed plans for future expenditure
  • Keep the operations team informed of any health and safety and/or maintenance issues that may arise during the course of the term
  • All employees are expected to comply with our School Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Other responsibilities

  • Be resident in the accommodation provided in the boarding house during term time
  • Act as a ‘backstop’ when staffing issues arise in the boarding house and/or when other circumstances call for extra duties to be taken on
  • Be prepared, within reasonable boundaries of expectation, to field queries from parents, students and staff about boarding during the school holidays
  • Follow all school policies and procedures as shared and in the various staff handbooks


Skills and Competences

  • an exceptional EQ
  • be able to manage the boarding establishment – students, tutors and parents
  • be an excellent role model
  • excellent management and organisational skills
  • excellent inter-personal and communication skills with students, parents and staff
  • a high level of self-motivation
  • a passion for growing and developing young men and women
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • resilience, flexibility, energy and enthusiasm for solving problems and being innovative
  • the ability to work respectfully with staff, parents and students in a school environment
  • an understanding and implementation of the ethos and values of the school
  • an optimistic, warm, nurturing disposition
  • understanding of the additional hours and time needed when working in a boarding establishment


Requirements of the role

  • Teaching Degree or Diploma
  • Experience living and working within a community of students
  • Experience in the provision of pastoral care to secondary school age students
  • Management experience and expertise
  • PDP Drivers Licence
  • First Aid qualification up to level 3
  • Clear Criminal Record Check


Steps to Apply

  • Please send a copy of your resume to this email address:
  • Your resume will be reviewed and if you meet the criteria we will contact you for an interview.

Thank you for your application. If you do not receive a response from us, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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