Job details

Bank House Parent
CATS College Canterbury

Job reference: 000323

Centre/School: CATS College Canterbury

Closing date: 30/12/2022

Job start date: 19/04/2022

Salary: £10 p/h

Employment type: Bank

Department: House Parents

CATS College Canterbury offers an outstanding international pre-university educational experience to students aged 14+ from all over the world. CATS students live and work in the beautiful Victorian CATS Canterbury campus, studying for GCSEs, A levels, IB and University Foundation Programmes, and preparing for admission to universities across the country and elsewhere. We pride ourselves on our approach to teaching and learning, with small class sizes and an informal atmosphere ensuring that students are treated as individuals and build great relationships with staff. Here at CATS, we pride ourselves on effective boarding provisions, where customer service and the welfare of our students is of paramount importance. 


A Non-Residential (or Supplementary) House Parent works within the Boarding and Welfare Department of CATS College. Please note that this post is not a residential position, so there is a requirement that you commute to and from work to attend shifts. The position of Bank House parent is a zero hours contract with vacant shifts advertised as required, typically monthly.
A Non-Residential/Supplementary House Parent will work alongside our Boarding Team Leads, the Head of Boarding and Medical team. One of the primary aspects of this role is to get to know the students in our care in order to try and build a relationship of trust with them. You will also be expected to manage the Boarding Houses you work in, ensuring all housekeeping tasks are completed to a high standard.  

A successful candidate will be expected to work under the direction of the  Head of Boarding and Boarding Team Lead, if applicable. As a House Parent you will be our student’s key pastoral care figure in the Boarding House, providing high quality pastoral care to our students including ensuring all activities are undertaken in accordance with the students’ evening timetable.  As a House Parent you are to act in ‘loco parentis’ to our students while they are in our care at the college.

The post holder will be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all other staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. Please note that due to the nature of the House Parent Role; the Support and Care provided to our students, and current safeguarding legislation, we unfortunately cannot accept applications from applicants under the age of 18


•    To share in all aspects of College life, not just those relating to your house.
•    To secure high standards of pastoral care in all areas and take pride and ownership of Boarding Houses. 
•    To ensure that practices improve the quality of care provided, meet the needs and aspirations of students and raise their standards of achievement.    
•    To understand how our pastoral care contributes to the College’s priorities and overall education and achievement of our students.
•    To familiarise yourself with and have regard for the college mission statement and the College boarding principles and practices, at all times.
•    To be familiar with and work in accordance with the policies, procedures and guidelines relating to the College and residential facilities. In particular the College’s Child Protection, behaviour and Anti-Bullying Policies.


This job requires that the post holder have:
•    The post holder is proactive rather than reactive in approach.

•    Is energetic and enthusiastic.
•    Committed to the role, the team and the wider College.

•    Demonstrates good critical thinking skills to understand client issues and provide a quality service.

•    Understands and communicates the College’s offerings and capabilities.
•    Demonstrates a clear empathy with clients and understands their needs.

•    Has confidence and respect of peers and superiors.
•    Establishes team direction and responsibilities for achievement of team and college objectives.
•    Understands others development needs and seeks opportunities to provide support.
•    Creates an open and supportive team climate.


In the context of international education, the name CATS is known and loved by generations of learners and is synonymous with excellence. Originally, CATS was an acronym for Cambridge Arts, Technology and Science, representing the focus of the founding colleges based in the city. However, today, CATS Colleges, is much broader, it brings together a number of schools in four countries (UK, US, Canada and China). Its portfolio includes independent boarding schools, an Arts University College, English language schools and a variety of summer schools all with the common purpose of “inspiring the next generation of world shapers.”