Houseparent Windmill

Situated on the beautiful Moray Coast in the North of Scotland, Gordonstoun is widely recognised as the world leader in character education. We have a co-educational community of over 500 students aged from 6-18, who are predominantly full boarding and are drawn from over 40 countries.

Gordonstoun has been leading the way in character education for more than 80 years. Our uniquely broad curriculum provides challenge in the classroom, at sea and in the mountains, on the stage and on the sports fields and enables students to discover the truth in our motto – Plus Est En Vous – there is more in you. The key focus of this role is to lead the development of our unique broader curriculum to ensure every child thrives and is prepared for life beyond Gordonstoun.

Gordonstoun is seeking to appoint an inspirational, ambitious and dynamic person who shares our vision of pastoral care in a busy full boarding school, and who will seize an exciting opportunity to work in our world-renowned school. The successful candidate will lead Windmill Lodge, a highly successful boarding House for up to 57 female students (13-18). The successful candidate must have strong pastoral instincts and have an excellent track record of pastoral care in an educational setting. As Gordonstoun is a full boarding school, we are in full operation seven days per week including evenings during term time. Pastoral, curricular, cultural and sports activities take place outside normal day-school hours. All staff are expected to make a full contribution.

The Houseparent (HP) is the Head of the Pastoral Team of Staff in their boarding house. As such, they carry responsibility for the pastoral life of the house and its development. The HP will provide a family atmosphere for the students and give them the kind of help, encouragement and adult contact that a young person would receive in a good home.

This post has a standard tenure of a minimum of 5 years in the house. This may be extended by mutual consent in two-year blocks. This post may particularly suit a candidate who has career interests and ambitions to move into a pastoral role in senior management.

Gordonstoun has its own generous salary scale and benefits. The successful candidate will be provided with spacious family accommodation attached to Windmill Lodge.

Not suitable for NQTs (ECTs)

GTCS or SSSC eligibility is a requirement

If you’re excited to learn more, please contact our recruitment department at or call recruitment on 01343 837831. Your application form should be emailed to

Closing date: 22/02/2022

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