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This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a School Matron. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a School Matron
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful School Matron Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

School matrons are usually based in boarding schools. The job does not involve any medical work or teaching; they are responsible for the health and well-being of the pupils and the smooth running of the domestic side of school life.

The work varies according to the age of the pupils, but it involves working closely with the house mistress/master who has overall responsibility for the care of boarding pupils out of school hours.

The work would normally include all or most of the following:

Responsibility for pupils health

  • being aware of their individual health problems
  • looking after pupils with minor illnesses and giving out non-prescription medicines
  • taking pupils to medical and dental appointments and calling for emergency treatment if necessary
  • keeping pupils records up to date.

Personal care

  • helping pupils settle in to school life by providing a sympathetic ear and support
  • working with members of staff to help pupils enjoy school life and to achieve their potential
  • taking responsibility with other house staff for supervising pupils, making sure they are clean and well behaved when they are not in school
  • keeping pupils' families informed about pupils health and well-being.


  • ensuring pupils have clean clothes, which are repaired and replaced when necessary
  • supervising cleaning and domestic staff
  • ordering cleaning, domestic and medical supplies
  • carrying out an inventory of fixtures and fittings and reporting the need for repairs and replacements.

Hours and Environment

School matrons in a boarding school usually live in provided accommodation and work long hours, including being on call for emergencies. There will be agreed time off, including some weekends.

During the school holidays they have more free time, but may still be responsible for visitors attending summer schools or taking part in holiday activities.

Skills and Interests

To be a school matron, you should:

  • have a warm and sympathetic personality
  • be tactful and a good listener
  • be firm but fair
  • have a sound knowledge of first aid
  • be practical and keep a cool head in emergencies
  • be a team worker
  • be an excellent communicator
  • be discreet and adhere to confidentiality
  • have patience and a sense of humour
  • be physically fit
  • be willing to attend courses and conferences.


There are no set entry requirements for becoming a school matron. Some schools look for qualifications and experience in childcare or nursing, while others consider personality and life experience to be more important. A first step could be to work as an assistant matron and then apply for a more senior post.

Qualifications which could be useful include:

NVQs/SVQs in Caring for Children and Young People, available at levels 2-4;
CACHE (Council for Awards in Children̢۪s Care and Education) Diploma in Childcare and Education (formerly the NNEB Diploma in Nursery Nursing). The entry requirements are usually two GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), including English language;
BTEC First Diploma in Caring;
BTEC national diploma: entry is usually with four GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3);
A nursing diploma: entry is usually with five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) (English is required in Scotland), or an equivalent qualification;
A nursing degree: minimum entry requirements are two A levels/three H grades, plus GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3), or equivalent qualifications;
A first aid qualification.
As the job involves close contact with children, a police check is likely to be carried out by potential employers.
For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Maturity is definitely an asset. Most schools, particularly those with secondary age pupils, prefer matrons to be at least in their late 20s. There may be an upper age limit for school matrons; check with individual schools.


The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) sponsors a professional certificate course organised by the Boarding Schools Association and the University of Surrey, Roehampton. The course is open to all boarding school staff.


There are some prospects to move from assistant matron to matron, and then to senior matron or a non-teaching post as head of house. School matrons with experience in the UK can apply for jobs in schools abroad.

In recent years there has been an increased interest in boarding school education and the number of jobs in the UK is stable.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

A starting salary for a school matron is likely to be around £7,500 a year.
Most matrons earn between £11,000 and £12,000.
Some matrons earn around £14,000.

Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge.

Further information

Boarding Schools' Association
Grosvenor Gardens House
35-37 Grosvenor Gardens
Tel: 020 7798 1580

Scottish Council for Independent Schools
21 Melville Street
Tel: 0131 220 2106

Other Useful School Matron Work Information

We have a section available at this site on School Matron job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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