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Relief Matron

About the role

Winchester College is a boys’ boarding school of 700 pupils. It was founded in 1382 and is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious schools.

The Housekeeper/Matron is resident in the Boarding House and in conjunction with the Housemaster, is responsible for the pastoral care and wellbeing of approximately 65 pupils aged 13-18, including supporting them in their extra-curricular activities.  The Housekeeper/Matron is also responsible for the management of the House and its domestic staff, the ordering of supplies, and the keeping of accounts.

The Relief Matron is accountable to the Housemaster but works under the direction of the Housekeeper/Matron.  This role covers for the Housekeeper/Matron to allow them to have time off, and is required to sleep overnight in the Boarding House but is not expected to be involved in housekeeping duties.  The Relief Matron is not required to remain in the house for the duration of their shift, although is required to be ‘on call’ through a mobile phone in case of emergency.

The College has a fully staffed Medical Centre and doctors conduct a surgery there on a daily basis.  Therefore, the Relief Matron will not be required to have any formal medical or nursing qualifications.  However, all Relief Matrons are required to undertake a one day first aid course. Relief Matrons are encouraged to attend House events and to become involved in the life of the pupils in the House. This could include; attending sports matches, plays, art competitions and music recitals.

The Relief Matron’s duties will be similar to those of the Housekeeper/Matron, albeit providing a more limited service.  The Relief Matron provides cover during the Housekeeper/Matron’s 30 hours off each week during term time.  There are 31 occasions each academic year when the duty is required.

Winchester College is an international community that celebrates everyone’s individuality, talents and potential. We embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace and are committed to promoting a fair and supportive environment for all our employees. We work hard to create a culture where different perspectives are valued and our staff feel valued for their individuality, and share a sense of belonging. Our aim is to reflect the diverse nature of society and of our pupil body.

This position includes a generous benefits package, including a pension auto-enrolment scheme.

The post will commence as soon as possible. 


Only applications completed on the College website will be accepted.

Closing date: Tuesday 30 November 2021.  Applications received after this may not be considered.

Please note: applications will be considered as they arrive. Winchester College reserves the right to make an appointment prior to the closing date.


Winchester College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This appointment will be conditional on successful pre-employment and DBS checks.

(No agencies please)    

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