Non-resident Matron

Salary: X28 £23,050, Pro-ratated, Term Time Only

Hours: 17.5 Hours per week

Contractual Status: Permanent

Durham Cathedral Schools Foundation comprises of two prestigious schools which date back to the early 1400s: Chorister School and Durham School.

Situated in the historic city of Durham, our schools have a rich tradition of academic excellence and holistic education, rooted in the values of community, heritage, and innovation.

We provide a nurturing environment where students thrive academically, socially, and personally, preparing them for successful futures.

Person Specification:

  • Aptitude for dealing with young people in a close environment.
  • Empathy and understanding.
  • Initiative and ability to work independently whilst being an effective team player.
  • Organised and attentive to detail.
  • Ability to communicate sensitively with parents, pupils and other members of the team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Team player with a flexible and willing attitude.
  • Good IT skills

Job Description:


  • Be responsible for and promote the general health and well-being of the pupils in the House.
  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils in accordance with DCSF Safeguarding and Behaviour Policies.
  • Check and follow up absences in consultation with the SHM.
  • Provide adult supervision in the House during duty hours.
  • Respond to parental enquiries in connection with routine House matters.
  • Liaise with parents and the appropriate School staff concerning domestic, welfare and medical matters in consultation with the SHM.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of School standards in uniform and be responsible for the care, supervision, cleanliness and presentation of pupils in conjunction with the SHM.
  • Contribute to induction arrangements for new pupils joining the House and help to resolve any settling-in problems.
  • Maintain clear and accurate records of any pastoral issues using CPOMS or other appropriate School systems.


  • Refer medical matters to the School Medical Centre, doctors’ surgery or hospital as required and liaise closely with the Medical Centre to share any health concerns.
  • Act as the first port of call for pupils suffering from minor illnesses or injuries.
  • Attend First Aid training as provided by the School or other designated organisation.
  • Ensure first aid kit(s) in the House and any other supplies of medical items are maintained in a safe and secure manner in accordance with protocols from the Medical Centre.


  • Carry out regular checks of furniture, fixtures and fittings and advise on replacement of these items as required.
  • Prepare and serve morning break snacks for pupils.
  • Oversee presentation of rooms in the House.
  • Maintain the security of the premises and pupils and report any security issues.
  • Carry out H&S and House checks as designated by the SHM.
  • Purchase and replenish all refreshments across all three staffrooms (Bow, Cathedral and Senior Site).
  • Ensure that coffee is made prior to morning break time at Senior Site.
  • Purchase all food and drink required for pupils’ morning snacks at all three sites (Bow, Cathedral and Senior School).


  • Meet with the SHM/DHM on a daily basis to ensure the smooth running of the House, and oversee the work of domestic staff attached to the House.
  • Conduct House tours when required.
  • Liaise with the Estates Manager in connection with routine maintenance.
  • Provide cover for other Matrons and Medical Centre when required.
  • Assist with preparation for House functions.
  • Be available for training sessions both during term-time and at the start and end of each term as required, including attending any start of term INSET days.
  • Assist in the House during School Open Mornings and other promotional events.
  • Respect information, given that the role grants access to information which is confidential to pupils, parents and staff.
  • Carry out other duties commensurate with the post.


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: Thursday 20th June, noon. 

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.