February 18, 2021
West Buckland
Job Type
Short Summary
Although demanding, being a LHP is an intensely rewarding role at WBS
Working Pattern
Full Time • mid-August 2021
Closing Date
March 17, 2021
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Lead Houseparent (LHP) Full time (residential)
Junior Boys (11 – 16) Boarding

West Buckland is a school founded in 1858 intended to offer an excellent education based on Christian values.  It stands in nearly 100 acres of grounds, surrounded by farmland, near the western edge of Exmoor.  Its rural location is outstandingly beautiful. The school is now a leading, multi-cultural community for boys and girls across North Devon and beyond.

Although demanding, being a LHP is an intensely rewarding role at WBS. Juggling the needs of the house with the demands of wider school activities (academic and social) requires flexibility and co-operative working with colleagues outside the boarding environment. The LHP is a key cog in the wheel which aims to deliver the very best service to our pupils.

In addition, LHPs should know that their regular daily presence in their boarding house is vital in fostering security, community and friendship. This does not mean they are always on duty, but it is an important facet of ‘setting the tone’ for both staff and pupils alike.  LHPs must be aware of their moral position taking care of young students in a school community.  The role comes with an attractive salary, accommodation for the appointee and legal immediate family, and provides the opportunity to gain experience in a leading independent school in the South West of England.

For the betterment and fulfilment of your duties the post holder will be required to reside in on-site provided accommodation in accordance with the school’s terms and conditions of occupancy agreement. The accommodation is a 3 bedroom property directly linked to Boyer House, the junior boys boarding facility.

For further information on West Buckland School please click on the Apply button.

Please complete the TES application form, or schools application form, and return in line with the detail in the job specification document (both available on the school website).

Application closing date: midday 17th March 2021

Interview, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, will be held either on-line for long list followed by short list at school or directly at school.

Preliminary date for interviews will be the week of 22nd March 2021. References may be sought ahead of interview unless notified otherwise on your application.

Applications can be emailed to
Emailed applications are welcomed, but please do not also post.

A curriculum vitae may be sent in addition to, but not in lieu of a formal application.

West Buckland School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service. The post is defined as being within the scope of Regulated Activity.

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