Become a Graduate Assistant at Queen Anne's School
Every year we appoint a team of Graduate Assistants who have just finished university and are interested in a career either in education or pastoral care.
To start the role in 2024, please email [email protected] to express your interest.
These 1-year positions are very varied and fulfilling and offer great opportunities for graduates interested in the pastoral care of young people. The primary role of the Graduate Assistant is to work within a boarding house to get to know the girls and build up a relationship of trust with them.
The Graduate Assistants will be expected to give support to the House staff team by managing wake-ups and bed times, registering girls at meal times, administering medication, running evening activities and general pastoral care.
Evening activities for the boarders are a main part of boarding house life and Graduate Assistants will run varied activities such as pumpkin carving, boba tea making, beachball, glass painting, escape rooms, quizzes, house parties, Lunar New Year celebrations and more. These activities are chosen, planned and run by the GAs and we always welcome new ideas based on skills and interests.
Other responsibilities in the boarding house can include:
- Supervise prep sessions
- Covering in the house office
- Creating activity posters
- Update house blog or writing house newsletters
- Writing stories for marketing/social media
- Organising lunch orders for the weekends
- Arranging cards/cakes for girls’ birthdays
- Updating Schoolbase and OneNote
- Ordering Taxis for students
- Organising pupil rotas
- Collecting post and stores for the house
In addition, they will have other responsibilities in school depending on her areas of expertise and interests.
General school responsibilities include:
- Lifeguarding (training provided)
- Break/lunch/tea duty
- Office duty
Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to develop areas of expertise and interests by assisting in various parts of the school of their choosing. This could include:
- Assisting/Team Teaching in subjects such as Art, PE, Drama, Maths, Media, Science, Psychology etc.
- Supporting the marketing or events teams
- Any area of school life the GA is interested in assisting
The Boarding Houses
There are four boarding houses, a junior house, Michell (L4-U4) and three Senior Houses, Holmes, Maddock and Wilkins (L5-U6). The boarding and day students are looked after by Heads of Year during the school day based in Wisdome (4), Webbe (U4) Ffyler (L5), Boulte (U5) and the Sixth Form are based in The Space. There are three types of boarding at Queen Anne’s reflecting the number of nights the students stay overnight – full boarding, flexi 3-4 and flexi 2. There is also occasional boarding. The boarding house teams consist of a Boarding House Parents (BHP), Deputy HP (DHP), Matron and Graduate Assistants (GA).
A single room in the dedicated 4-bedroom Graduate Assistant flat on-site will be provided. The flat is furnished and comes with a kitchenette, living area, washing machine and large bathroom. All meals will be provided in term-time.
Being a Graduate Assistant at Queen Anne's School provides opportunities for varied experience in a busy school environment, skill development and employability beyond the role. Many Graduate Assistants go on to work in teaching, boarding, pastoral care, education settings and other disciplines. The role is a great way to gain experience before embarking on a PGCE or to gain paid work experience after graduating university.