Gap Assistant

Fareham, Hampshire
Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
29 Mar 2018
29 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Graduate, Permanent, Temporary
Full Time

We require dedicated and enthusiastic gap year or placement students who will work across the school both in lessons, sport and marketing/office admin as well as working in the boarding house.

This is the ideal opportunity for anyone looking for professional paid experience before embarking on a career in education or as a way of enhancing your CV before starting a PGCE course.

Roles will be matched depending on experience and qualifications and are subject to change during the year. However, please express a preference for one or two of the following areas in your application:

  • P.E, Sport and Games (all age groups)
  • PrePrep assistant (Years 1-3, ages 5-8 years old)
  • Pre-School assistant (Pre-reception children, aged 3-4 years old)
  • Prep assistant (Years 4-11, ages 9-16 years old)
  • Office/Marketing assistant


  • Support the Houseparent
  • Manage the organisation and resources of the House
  • Provide for the safety, good discipline and pastoral wellbeing of all pupils in the House.
  • Play a full part in the life of the school as a teaching assistant
  • Be a teaching assistant or office assistant during the school day
  • Contribute to the induction arrangements for new pupils joining the house
  • Ensure that any “settling in” problems are resolved
  • Provide a sympathetic presence in the House
  • Be sensitive to those who are having difficulties
  • coping with school life
  • Liaise closely with other relevant staff concerning the progress and welfare of pupils
  • Be responsible for the care, supervision, cleanliness and presentation of pupils in the House
  • Coordinating and liaising with other boarding staff as necessary
  • Be aware of the school uniform and clothing requirements of pupils
  • Ensure that pupils have all the items they require
  • Be responsible for the good standard of clothing of pupils
  • Arranging for clothing to be sent to and return from the Laundry
  • Support the various departments in areas that meet your particular skills or interests
  • Assist the games staff as directed in timetabled games and PE including supervising changing rooms and fixtures at other schools
  • Carry out Breaktime duties with other staff
  • Assist in the organisation of all major school events
  • Assist in the library
  • Work in the school office as directed by the Office staff
  • Help with administrative jobs for teachers such as photocopying, laminating, display boards etc.
  • Assist teachers in class
  • Perform any other tasks that the Head may reasonably request
  • Ensure that the individual circumstances, needs, strengths and weaknesses of each pupil are identified and known by staff as needed, so that individual opportunities, talents and potential are developed and maximised
  • Implement supervision
  • Ensure the safety and security (including emotional) of all pupils at all times when they are in the school’s charge (including meal times, prep time, weekends and on expeditions and outings)
  • Liaise with the person in charge of first aid and health to ensure that pupils’ medical requirements are properly catered for
  • Encourage pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Ensure that pupils clothes and personal belongings are used appropriately and stored securely and tidily
  • Ensure that pupils treat the belongings of others, and the fabric and furnishings of the house, with respect
  • Develop, in the pupils, a collective responsibility to be aware of the difficulties or problems of others
  • Offer such support and help for each other as is appropriate
  • Ensure that pupils make use of the full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities available and pupils are appropriately occupied, especially at weekends
  • Be aware of the academic strengths and weaknesses of pupils
  • Ensure that the conditions and supervision in evening prep are conducive to effective academic progress
  • Ensure that family incidents and problems are brought to the attention of those who need to know
  • Counsel pupils at a time and place which is conducive to good communication, concerning any emotional, academic, social or behavioural problems they may have
  • Fulfil the requirements of the school’s policy on Child Protection
  • Take part in appropriate staff cover arrangements for other staff if needed
  • Attend boarding staff meetings as required
  • Support the school’s Disciplinary Policy
  • Foster an acceptance of the Code of Conduct of the school
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the Boarding handbooks, the school’s policies and procedures for safeguarding, countering bullying, substance misuse and health and safet
  • Be aware of the appropriate response needed in these areas
  • At the end of the holidays (especially if the House has been used for holiday lettings), to help Housemistresses prepare bedrooms
  • Carry out a check on furnishings to ensure that all are in good order, repairs carried out, and that bedrooms are clean and presentable
  • After the end of term, assist with the clearing up and cleaning of the house
  • Carry out a check of all bedding, furniture, fixtures and fittings
  • Preparing a list of repairs and maintenance items required for submission to the Bursar
  • Take part in such performance management or staff review arrangements made by the school
  • Perform any other tasks that the Headmistress or House Parent may reasonably request
  • Gap students are subject to the School’s Support Staff Disciplinary Procedures Teaching Responsibilities in School
  • All lessons are taught by fully qualified teachers, and Gap Assistants are there to provide extra help under the guidance of such teachers
  • Gap Assistants may well be attached to the department of their own academic subject to help with lessons and to further their own studie

About You

  • Outgoing
  • Self confident
  • Team player
  • Friendly
  • Enthusiastic
  • In good health
  • Willing to learn
  • Willing to take on responsibility under supervision.
  • Adaptable
  • Interested in integration into school life
  • Strong sporting interests.
  • Hard working, reliable and punctual
  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity at all times
  • Be neatly dressed and generally smart in appearance
  • Able to attend school functions when required
  • Support the aims of the school


  • Guaranteed one half day and two free evenings a week (Mon-Fri), and either one weekend off in two
  • On-site accommodation is provided
  • Three free cooked meals a day during term time
  • Own cooking facilities within accommodation during the school holidays
  • Formal guidance given by the House Parents, Deputy Head and other experienced staff as part of their induction
  • You will not be expected to take on any tasks that you are not totally comfortable doing

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