As a school matron, you would usually work in a boarding school. You would be responsible for the health and well-being of the pupils and the smooth running of the domestic side of school life.
Your day-to-day tasks would usually include:
In many schools, the roles of matron and school nurse are combined.
You would work long hours, including evenings and weekends. You would also be on call for emergencies.
You may only work during term-time, although in some schools your duties could include looking after people attending summer schools or taking part in activities during the school holidays.
You would usually live at the school.
Assistant matrons can earn around £14,000 a year.
Matrons can earn around £19,000.
Accommodation and meals are provided.
You could be employed in boarding schools around the UK.
Vacancies are advertised on the Boarding Schools Association website.
The qualifications you need will vary depending on the employer. Some schools will expect you to have qualifications and experience in childcare or nursing, others may consider your personality and life experience to be more important.
As a first step you could look for work as an assistant matron and apply for a more senior post as you gain experience.
You will need Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance, as the job involves working with children.
You will usually need a first aid qualification. A driving licence will also be useful.
You may find qualifications such as the following useful, although they are not always essential:
When you start your job you will receive training which will cover school procedures.
You could also complete the professional certificate course organised by the Boarding Schools Association (BSA) and Roehampton University. Visit the Roehampton University website for details.
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A school matron needs:
As you gain experience, you may be able to progress from assistant matron to matron, and then to senior matron, or to a job as non-teaching head of house.
Boarding Schools Association (BSA),
Grosvenor Gardens House,
35-37 Grosvenor Gardens,
London SW1W 0BS
Tel: 020 7798 1580
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