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School matron

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School matrons look after the health and wellbeing of pupils in boarding schools.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter


£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends at short notice

How to become

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How to become a school matron

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly


You could take a college course before applying for a job with a school. Relevant courses include:

  • Level 2 Award in First Aid Essentials
  • Level 2 Award in Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Young People
  • Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid
  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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You could start as a house parent or member of the wider pastoral care team. You could then take on-the-job training, for example through the Boarding Schools' Association, and work your way up.


Experience working with children will help. This can be in a paid or voluntary role. You could volunteer at your local school or search for opportunities on:

Direct Application

You could apply directly for jobs as a school matron. Employers may view your personality and life experiences as more important than qualifications. You'll usually need experience in working with young people. Some may ask for relevant training and qualifications, including GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.

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Further information

You can find more about working as a school matron from the Boarding Schools' Association.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of medicine and dentistry
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

  • helping pupils from all countries and cultures settle into school life
  • keeping pupils healthy and safe
  • helping supervise at meal times and bedtimes
  • communicating with parents about their children
  • taking pupils to medical and dental appointments
  • organising and attending social activities for pupils
  • keeping records and writing reports
  • attending staff meetings
  • sorting laundry and repairs
  • monitoring cleaning staff
  • driving a minibus

Working environment

You could work at a school.

You may need to wear a uniform.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could start as a house parent or assistant matron, then move to matron and senior matron.

You could also become a housemaster or mistress or head of boarding.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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Courses In England

Childcare and Education L3

  • Start date: 06 September 2022
  • Location: Nelson

T Level Education - Education and Childcare

  • Start date: 12 September 2022
  • Location: Leeds

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