Boarding House Resident Tutor

Salary: NMW £22,368.91 FTE, subject to the ‘Accommodation Offset’ and prorated to TTO. Actual Salary £5731.26

Hours: 20 hours per week, Term-time Only.  

Contractual Status: Permanent


Boarding is thriving within the Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation, with boarders being accommodated across three Boarding Houses on the Durham School site. School House and Poole House for boys aged 11-18 and Pimlico House for girls aged 11-18. Barrington House located on The Chorister School site accommodates the Choristers aged 7 to 13.

A Boarding House, Resident Tutor is expected to be resident in the House for the majority of the time in term-time and support the Housemistress / master and Matron in the successful running of the House for boarders.

This role would be ideal for an individual already working within the Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation, an individual studying for a post graduate qualification or having employment outside of School that would allow for the Resident Tutor duties to be carried out. It is expected that the Resident Tutor is part of the House community and that they contribute to making this a fun, happy and safe environment for the boarders and staff to live within.


Weeknight duties: The Resident Tutor will be expected to carry out one evening duty during the week (Monday – Thursday) and be responsible for the welfare and safety of the boarders. This includes supervising Prep and possibly offering an evening activity, although other members of staff may also be on duty to deliver activities. An after-school duty in the House between 4.20pm and 6.00pm would also be expected.

Weekend duties: The Resident Tutor will be expected to carry out a full day and evening at the weekend, usually Sunday. This will include ensuring the welfare and safety of the boarders, monitoring boarder’s whereabouts and activities, ensuring studies are completed, liaising with parents where necessary and maintaining the smooth running of the House.

Duties: Duties for the forthcoming term and year are arranged by the Head of Boarding in liaison with the Senior Housemaster / mistress. It is expected that the Senior Housemaster / mistress and Resident Tutor work together to share duties evenly within the House. A team of Tutors and the Deputy Housemaster / mistress also cover evening weekly duties and provide activities at weekends. The Resident Tutor and Housemaster / mistress are responsible for the duty on the early Monday May bank-holiday.

On-call overnight: During the week (Monday – Thursday) the Resident Tutor will be expected to be on-call one night a week to deal with overnight emergencies or incidents. Matron and usually the Housemaster / mistress will also be on site depending on the nature of the incident.

Occasional weeknight duties (Monday – Friday) between 6.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.), especially when usual duty staff are required for parents’ evenings or other school functions. This will be organised well in advance of the event.

Start of term: as boarders return to their boarding house the evening before each term and half term opens, the Resident Tutor and the Senior Housemaster/mistress are both on duty from 5.00 p.m. onwards.

Employee Benefits

  • Lunch meal (hot and cold options) provided free of charge each day.
  • To work on the historical 600+ year-old site in the city centre of Durham.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Exempt from the Durham congestion charge.
  • Work pension scheme, 3% opt in with employer 5% contribution.
  • Invite to various social events of the year.
  • 25 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays), increasing by a day each year of employment until 30.


The Resident Tutor will have a room with separate private bathroom and toilet facilities. The room will compromise of a minimum of a bed, desk, wardrobe, drawers and a small fridge. The Resident Tutor can add soft furnishings and other decorations to make it homely. Each House has full WIFI coverage. Each House also has a House kitchen and laundry facilities which are available for the Resident Tutor to use. Car parking is available on the School site. The accommodation is provided rent and bill free and all meals may be taken in School during term time. No pets or smoking are allowed on the School premises.


If you have any further questions about the job, please call the main reception at the school and ask to speak to HR.

Please email all application forms to [email protected]

Closing Date: Wednesday 22nd May



The Foundation is committed to promoting the safeguarding of children and expects all employees to share this commitment. Any job offer will be made subject to satisfactory checks, including an enhanced DBS disclosure. Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation.