School Matron

Job 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


You’ll need:

  • 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.
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Entry Requirements:

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

  1. Biology: Provides fundamental knowledge of human anatomy, health, and basic medical concepts.
  2. Home Economics/Food and Nutrition: Offers insights into nutrition, health, and basic caregiving skills.
  3. Psychology: Understanding human behavior, mental health, and interpersonal dynamics can be valuable.
  4. 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.