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Independent School Jobs, Boarding School Vacancies UKThere are around 2000 independent school jobs UK locations in Scotland, Wales & England for teachers and other education support positions should you be looking for private school jobs. An independent fee paying school could also be known as a boarding school or preparatory school in the UK and around the world.

Differing in size, you can apply for jobs in private schools located in cities, towns, villages and rural locations. Schools choose to offer girl, boy or a mixed school culture where you can be employed as a teacher, house parent teaching assistant or a sports coach.

Private education schools offer qualified teacher positions where educators can find independent and boarding school jobs UK and abroad to teach many different subjects.


Boarding & independent school jobs


Teaching jobs private schools include: Classroom teacher,    subject leader,    head of department,   headmaster,    assistant head teacher,     pre school leader,    private nursery teacher,    deputy head teacher,   early year practitioner,     independent school teaching assistant,    independent head of year


Each of these teaching roles at independent school can be from:

Whole school independent teaching jobs from 3 to 18 years old

Independent preparatory school jobs for teachers of children at 4 to 13 years

Independent senior school teaching jobs for 11 to 18 years old


School curriculum

A well-balanced education that encompasses academic and moral balance is delivered by subject teachers. Academic and vocational subjects are offered to pupils at each stage of their school life enabling them to achieve excellent academic results while learning. Independent school teaching jobs as a subject teacher include:

mathematics,   English,   science,  biology,    physics,   chemistry,   art & design.   physical education,    religious education.   geography,    languages,   history,  music,   business & economics,   accounting,   information technology.   modern languages   french,    Spanish,     Italian,      Arabic,    Japanese.   food technology,    drama,    computing


Jobs at private independent schools in the UK offer students options to study a selection of subjects from 14 to 18-year-old toward AS Level,  GCSE,   A Level’s GCE,   Advanced Highers and Baccalaureate qualifications.

Independent preparatory school jobs for teachers and other school vacancies for younger school children from 4 to 13 years old. In this age group subjects taught, skills, knowledge and experience are different from senior preparatory school where pupils study and take final examinations before leaving school.


Boarding school jobs

There are many jobs at private independent schools in the UK. Roles including:

Housemaster/Mistress,    Matron,   driver,    cook/chef,     caretaker,     registrar     accountant,    sports coach,   grounds person,    personal assistant,   nurse and/or as teacher,    hospitality assistant,   business manager,   nursery staff,   room leader,    marketing,   human resources,    finance assistant,   cleaner,  finance officer,  school administrator,    admin assistant     sports assistant,   science/lab technician



Independent schools in English counties for teacher jobs and education job roles:

Bedfordshire          Berkshire           Buckinghamshire        Cambridgeshire         Cheshire        Cornwall    Cumberland          Derbyshire       Devon      Dorset    Durham        Essex       Gloucestershire      Hampshire        Herefordshire          Hertfordshire        Huntingdonshire       Kent      Lancashire    Leicestershire      Lincolnshire         Middlesex          Norfolk         Northamptonshire       Northumberland      Nottinghamshire           Oxfordshire         Rutland          Shropshire      Somerset        Staffordshire     Suffolk    Surrey     Sussex         Warwickshire        Westmorland        Wiltshire            Worcestershire        Yorkshire


Cities and town where same schools are located:

Nottingham,    Dundee,     Carlisle,      Edinburgh,      Canterbury,    Manchester,     Chester,     London,    Reading,     Oxford,      Liverpool,      Exeter,     Bristol,     York,     Doncaster,     Newmarket,    Birmingham,    Cheltenham,    Sheffield.      Newcastle,     Salisbury,     Inverness,    Glasgow,      Brighton,    Leeds


Independent school

Overseas parents see the independent private school system as a world leading education sector and choose to send their child to be educated at a UK boarding school or in countries including Switzerland, USA, Germany, Australia and France.

The main benefits of schools in the private sector are that they can employ the teachers that they believe can successfully achieve the school’s aims and objectives. Independent school teacher’s jobs at prep schools have much fewer constraints teaching, setting a curriculum, and the employment of teachers.

Indeed, jobs at private schools include: house parent, driver, admin, classroom teacher, head of department or a sports coach doubling up as a physical education teacher. Although private independent school teachers are qualified, they do no have the same criteria as state school teaching positions in relation to qualifications.


Boarding & independent positive factors include

  • Free to choose their own budget and set aside money for further improvements to facilities and learning
  • No local authority or national government controls
  • Able to raise funds, borrow money, accept donations, charge financial fees
  • Choose their own planning and timetable
  • Offer students a greater range of subjects
  • Working and teaching in private school, more emphasis is on extra curricular activities that are available to students all year
  • Much better facilities and resources compared to the state-run school sector
  • Independent & boarding schools are a popular choose for teachers looking for a long career in teaching and tend to stay with one school providing stability and continuity


Boarding and day school UK

Although schools offer boarding, where pupils live and study at the school for each term, many school pupils attend without boarding and some schools do not offer boarding arrangements.

Students without boarding at the school return home at the end of each day essentially staying with their family.  This is in contrast to students that live at the school for a term or two and only go home for holidays.  Students who stay at the school have a different life from day attendees and would become more dependent on school staff.  This is where many jobs at boarding schools arise that caters to help deliver all the requirements of students and the school, especially house parent and extra curricula activities job roles


I did not believe it myself some parents send their 8-year-old son’s and daughters to independent school as they believe:

  • A tradition in their family
  • Parents think it is the best for the child’s education
  • Or the parents are too busy with their own career in the UK or travel abroad frequently


Who is to say if it is the best for a child to be sent to live at a school for an academic year.  Possibly a good proportion of the children would cope although others may not fit into the regime and miss the comfort of their family.

A benefit for the child would be for them to build up contacts for later life in a job, starting a business or going into politics.


Public school council  

The independent school council helps to promote public schools in the UK, but they are no a regulatory body. Although not mandatory for an independent sector school to be a member of the council benefits would include promotion and advertising.

Their aim is to champion the public school education benefits to parents hoping more people will choose an education in the private fee paying school sector.


In early 2018 the school council has around 1280 independent schools registered with their organisation:

Northern Ireland   x 15

Scotland    x  36

England    x 1221

Channel Island  x 8


Age of students

Independent sector schools specialise in certain age ranges and many schools also offer places for a full age range from 3-18 years old. Preparatory schools cater for younger age pupils from 3 to around 11 years old.


Boarding school academic entry requirements

All independent fee paying schools have their own entry requirements and assessments that involve written, oral and possible physical test. Written tests & assessments are completed by all pupils that include reasoning, mathematics and English and of course, a face to face interview with a member of the school staff.


Typical admissions

Procedures for student school admissions are strictly followed and adhered to when processing students to a school.  Once a student is accepted, the school is actively involved in encouraging the pupils full attendance at school as this is a key determinant of achievement.



  • Make clear the processes for school admissions and leaving the school
  • Implement consistently while monitoring any unacceptable absence or exceptional levels of attendance and punctuality


Criteria for preparatory school admissions

  • School’s ability to meet the needs of the student
  • Available space in the appropriate age group
  • Follow prescribed minimum age for school admissions


Process for school admissions

Results of interviews and entrance examinations are provided at a later date.  Should a pupil gain a place at the school, parents are required to sign a declaration form and pay the non-refundable registration fee. A date of entry to school is agreed with the parents.

In addition, parents should also receive term dates and the induction procedure information about the school.


Recording school admissions

Student and family information are recorded on the school admissions form.   A school admissions procedure is similar, although different for all schools.


Independent school assembly

Pupils attend school assembly delivered by a headmaster or headmistress at independent school 5 days a week or the scheduled assembly which each school have chosen to deliver each week.

An assembly is a part of the day when students and staff experience being together as a community and are provided with opportunities for prayer and for quiet reflection.  An assembly is planned so that all students are able to join in whatever their religious belief.


Assembly aims

  • Consider spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues
  • Explore community and own beliefs
  • Participate, respond and reflect
  • Develop a community spirit
  • Promote a common ethos with shared values
  • Reinforce positive attitudes and praise special achievements
  • Empathise with the needs of others
  • Help to promote a common ethos and shared values



Each assembly take between 15 and 20 minutes:

  • The school assembly policy
  • Ordering and organisation of resources
  • Organising weekly themes
  • Organising the rota for people leading assemblies, including visitors
  • Liaising with visitors
  • Music including live performances by students


A school assembly theme takes account of the seasons, festivals, world events as well as stories to support moral, spiritual, social and cultural development. Assemblies are organised in classes, year groups, or sections of the school.


Boarding school examination results

According to the Independent School Council (ISC) GCSE students on average gain 2 A*s and 7 A grades at 16 years old.

Interesting that 32.7 in 2014 of all examination students also achieved an A grade compared to the national average combining state school results of 6.7%.  This is possibly due to more focused teaching and learning to gain higher grades in examinations compared to a general teaching of a subject.

The year group sample also goes on and states that public school students gained 60.6%  A* or A grades compared to the national average of  21.3%.


Other factors that may contribute to students gaining higher examination grades could include:

  • Sense that they must achieve good grades as my parents is financially funding my education
  • Realising what a good chance they have of gaining good examination grade
  • Schools employing top performing teachers in each subject area
  • More focused curriculum and subjects being taught by independent school specialist teachers
  • Better facilities and learning resources available for teachers and students
  • Possible overall better teaching methods by early years private school teachers or at primary age level


Private school fees and funding

Each school is essentially self-funding from fees payable, sponsorship and other financial arrangements. Schools with independent status do not receive any government or local authority funding.

Parents are charged a fee for each student that they send to a school depending on the age of the pupil and if they require full boarding or go home at the end of the day.

Some elite schools charge around £18,000 per year for basic fees per child and in addition, parents require paying for uniforms, equipment and school strip & activities.


School librarian

Pupils that are boarding at the school spend a good amount of their spare time actively studying, reading and other events, including sporting activities.  A library at an independent school is a valuable resource for learning and for pupils to read for leisure purposes. The role of a school librarian is to assist pupils & teachers and promotion of the library within a school.


Who checks public schools

All schools are periodically checked for standards by government bodies and possible affiliation membership to the independent schools council.

The independent school inspectorate is an approved body that evaluates all association independent public schools in the UK.

Standards for boarding public schools were updated and introduced on April 2015 for a wide range minimum standard level.

Checks and standards at each school are also monitored by a board of governors who are responsible for monitoring progress and academic achievement of the school and do have the authority to instigate change.


Further UK school locations

Wales’s counties that have private teaching school jobs and other job vacancies:

Blaenau Gwent        Bridgend       Caerphilly        Cardiff        Carmarthenshire      Ceredigion     Conwy     Denbighshire         Flintshire        Gwynedd      Isle of Anglesey       Merthyr Tydfil       Monmouthshire       Neath Port Talbot        Newport        Pembrokeshire        Powys       Rhondda Cynon Taff       Swansea     Torfaen       Vale of Glamorgan         Wrexham


Where to find jobs?

School vacancies can be found on the homepage of this website.  Look also on job boards in the education sector, general popular newspapers and private school websites.

Applying for private independent school jobs teaching vacancies and other positions is much the same as state schools. Qualified teacher with experience or newly qualified teacher (NQT) jobs require completing an application and awaiting an interview.

Jobs at in the UK are for people aged over 16 years old, although some have gender restriction.


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