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