Matron (Position filled for 2020)
Are you a School Matron or medically qualified?
Being a MATRON at Vacational StudiesVacational Studies Courses have run for 47 years. Most students come to us on recommendation from parents whose children have already been with us or who are the children of children who were with us in the '70s and '80s. We are accredited by the British Council and are members of English UK (formerly ARELS). We have high standards of professionalism and expect the same from staff. Our reputation is of the greatest importance. Parents are confident that their children will have a developmental summer, socially and linguistically.
The job is to look after the medical and domestic welfare of the students and staff; to liaise with the Housekeeper over cleaning; to see to the laundering of clothes (done in-house by a laundry-person); to arrange for the collection/return of bed-linen; to check on the condition of bed-linen and advise on any damage. The services of a local doctor are retained. Parents are asked to provide a medical history and details of present health problems and allergies. Students' forms are available for inspection. In addition, Matron will be involved in looking after the pastoral welfare of the students.
A note must be made in the Medical Record Book of all students' visits to Matron, noting date, time, cause of visit, treatment and follow-up.
Assistant members of staff (normally undergraduate students, trainees, or similar) help both the Matron and the Sports/Social Organiser.
The Course Manager provides cover on Matron's days off.
Extra-Curricular ActivitiesNo extra-curricular involvement is expected, but Matron's presence at events is appreciated.
Accommodation and MealsThe post is resident. Basic accommodation is provided at no charge, as are all meals, except meals on excursions.
Additional ActivitiesAll staff accompany excursions and shopping trips on a rota basis. All staff assume the normal pastoral responsibilities that are part of boarding school life.
DutiesAll staff have 1 duty day + 2 x ½ day duties each week, or the equivalent. The 'Duty Day' is described in the 'Notes for Staff 2020'. There are also two completely free 24-hour days during the Course.
Dates, Duration and PayWe offer employment for a period of just over four weeks from 10.00 on 4 July until mid-day on 2 August. Finishing times are not as stated for other staff on the application form, but may be earlier than stated above. Pay for the Matron is £2050.00 (two thousand and fifty pounds) for the duration of the employment. For returning staff, there is a 10% addition in the second summer and a 15% addition in a third and subsequent summer. Payment is by bank transfer at the end of the course. If they wish, staff can be paid a 25% advance at the end of the first week, to be deducted from the final balance. As employment is temporary, if you affirm that the following is correct - 'this is my first job IN THE UK since 6 April 2020 and I have not been receiving taxable Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, taxable Incapacity Benefit, State or Occupational Pension', we are not required to deduct PAYE from staff at source. NI is deducted at the prevailing rate.
Weekly hours of work will vary as per your rota, usually between 35 and 38. If you find you are likely to work more than this, please see us and we shall arrange to adjust your hours or offer time-off in lieu or additional salary.