School MatronJob Description:
School matrons look after pupils in boarding schools.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- helping pupils from all countries and cultures settle into school life
- keeping pupils healthy and safe
- helping supervise at meal times and bedtimes
- communicating with parents about their children
- taking pupils to medical and dental appointments
- organising and attending social activities for pupils
- keeping records and writing reports
- attending staff meetings
- sorting laundry and repairs
- monitoring cleaning staff
- driving a minibus
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
- sensitivity and understanding
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations (leadership skills)
- the ability to use your initiative (ambition)
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
- customer service skills
the ability to think clearly in a crisis
- confidentiality – respecting and maintaining the privacy of students’ health information.
To become a School Matron, specific GCSE subjects are not typically required, as the role focuses on providing health and pastoral care to students within a school environment. However, certain subjects can provide a foundation for developing the skills and qualities needed for this career. Here are some relevant GCSE subjects:
Relevant GCSE Subjects
- Biology: Provides fundamental knowledge of human anatomy, health, and basic medical concepts.
- Home Economics/Food and Nutrition: Offers insights into nutrition, health, and basic caregiving skills.
- Psychology: Understanding human behavior, mental health, and interpersonal dynamics can be valuable.
- English Language: Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential for interacting with students, parents, and school staff.
Additional Advantageous Qualifications
- First Aid Training: Obtain certifications in first aid, CPR, and other relevant health and safety courses.
- Child Protection Training: Some school roles require training in child protection and safeguarding.
- Continuing Education: Stay updated on health and safety regulations, first aid practices, and child welfare through professional development and training.
You’ll need clearance. You’ll need a driving licence and possibly a minibus licence.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work long hours, including evenings and weekends. You’ll be on call for emergencies.
You may only work during term-time, or you could look after pupils at activities during the school holidays.
You’ll usually live at the school. You could work in locally or abroad.
Career Path & Progression:
You could start as a house parent or assistant matron, then move to matron and senior matron.
You could also become a housemaster or mistress or head of boarding.