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
Schools are increasingly merging the roles of matron and school nurse.
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.
To be a school matron, you should:
Though there are no set requirements when purusing this line of work it is helpful to have GCSE's in core subjects - English, Maths and Science. Qualifications in childcare and/or knowledge in first aid will be be advantageous too.
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 learn more about becoming a school matron that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA)
Grosvenor Gardens House
35-37 Grosvenor Gardens
Tel: 020 7798 1580
Scottish Council for Independent Schools (SCIS)
21 Melville Street
Tel: 0131 220 2106