What does a School Matron do?
School matrons are usually based in boarding schools. The job does not involve any medical work or teaching; they are responsible for the health and well-being of the pupils and the smooth running of the domestic side of school life.
The work varies according to the age of the pupils, but it involves working closely with the house mistress/master who has overall responsibility for the care of boarding pupils out of school hours.
The work would normally include all or most of the following:
Responsibility for pupils’ health
- being aware of their individual health problems
- looking after pupils with minor illnesses and giving out non-prescription medicines
- taking pupils to medical and dental appointments and calling for emergency treatment if necessary
- keeping pupils’ records up to date.
- helping pupils settle in to school life by providing a sympathetic ear and support
- working with members of staff to help pupils enjoy school life and to achieve their potential
- taking responsibility with other house staff for supervising pupils, making sure they are clean and well behaved when they are not in school
- keeping pupils' families informed about pupils’ health and well-being.
- ensuring pupils have clean clothes, which are repaired and replaced when necessary
- supervising cleaning and domestic staff
- ordering cleaning, domestic and medical supplies
- carrying out an inventory of fixtures and fittings and reporting the need for repairs and replacements.
Schools are increasingly merging the roles of matron and school nurse. For information about the role of school nurses see the job profile for School Nurse.
What's the working environment like working as a School Matron?
Living accommodation is usually provided. School matrons work long hours which will include evenings and weekends and being on call for emergencies.
During the school holidays matrons will have more free time, but may still be responsible for visitors attending summer schools or taking part in holiday activities.
What does it take to become a School Matron?
To be a school matron, you should:
- have a warm and sympathetic personality
- be tactful and a good listener
- be firm but fair
- have a sound knowledge of first aid
- be practical and keep a cool head in emergencies
- be a team worker
- be an excellent communicator
- be discreet and adhere to confidentiality
- have patience and a sense of humour
- be physically fit.
School Matron Career Opportunities
There may be opportunities to progress from assistant matron to matron, and then to senior matron or a non-teaching post as head of house. School matrons with experience in the UK can apply for jobs in schools abroad.
If you would like to know anything about School Matron that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below. Boarding Schools’ Association
Grosvenor Gardens House
35-37 Grosvenor Gardens
Tel: 020 7798 1580
www.boarding.org.uk Scottish Council for Independent Schools
21 Melville Street
Tel: 0131 220 2106