Head of Medical at Holmewood House School

Tunbridge Wells, Kent
£29,000 – 31,000k
05 May 2022
16 May 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

(Term time only)

About Holmewood House School

Holmewood House is a prestigious independent Prep School of 440+ pupils aged 3-13 years, set amidst 30 acres of the most beautiful Kent countryside, just outside Tunbridge Wells. The School is a happy and supportive working environment, where we pride ourselves on the exceptional provision for our pupils and staff in all areas.

For further information about Holmewood House please visit our website www.holmewoodhouse.co.uk

The Medical Centre

The Medical Centre provides an outstanding medical provision to both pupils and staff and is an integral part of the pupils’ pastoral system, providing exceptional care for their physical and emotional wellbeing.

While opening hours may be adjusted in the future, the medical centre is currently open term time from 0900 – 1700 on Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 0800-1800 on Wednesday & Thursday plus c.25 Saturdays per year and may be open later or at other times by prior arrangement.

As a result of COVID-19 the medical centre staff have modified their work practices to accommodate management of suspected cases of COVID-19, caring for any boarders with symptoms. Day to day duties will continue to cover a wide range of issues including sports injuries, vaccinations and long term health condition management for pupils.

Job Purpose and Role requirements

To lead the medical provision for the school including supporting the delivery of the school’s health and well-being strategy. This is a term time only role permanent full time position (37.5 hours a week) for an RGN qualified nurse. Please note that the nursing team rotate to cover sports matches on 1 in 3 half day Saturdays. The exact working pattern is to be agreed with the To be a member of the pastoral team supporting children and their families, attending and contributing to any relevant pastoral meetings.

Experience & skills required

  • Be of qualified nurse status i.e. a minimum of the R.G.N. (or equivalent) qualification

  • Experience of one or more of paediatrics, A&E and practice nursing

  • Have excellent communication skills

  • Be approachable and empathic

  • Be a team player with a warm character

  • Hold good IT skills including the use of email, Word and Excel to keep accurate medical records

  • Be able to work independently and flexibly when required

  • Have experience of working calmly and professionally in a busy environment

  • Be able to prioritise when working under pressure

  • Have good organisational skills

You may also have:

  • Preference for senior nursing experience including leading nursing teams

  • Experience of working with children in an educational setting would be preferable but not essential

  • Experience of working with international pupils and boarders

  • Qualifications or experience in any of the following areas - practice nursing, asthma, first aid at work, sports injuries and accident & emergency. Note - appropriate training may be available if required

  • Safe-Guarding Level 3 qualification


The salary is expected to be in the range of £29 – 31k based on term time only working plus Inset/training days (£39.6 - £42.3k FTE). The final salary agreed will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful candidate and the exact hours of work agreed.

Pension & School Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, the successful candidate will be offered a range of benefits including an employer contributory pension, free parking, term time only working and free lunch/refreshments.

Start date

We are looking for a September start but would be able to accommodate an earlier start date if preferred for the successful candidate.


The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role.


Holmewood House is committed to promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children. All staff are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding policies at all times.

The school adopts a rigorous safer recruitment process which is adhered to in the appointment of all new members of staff. As part of the safer recruitment process, all applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including, but not limited to, checks with past employers and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


If you wish to be considered for this role, please complete an application form which is available on the job opportunities page and either complete online or download a word version available on the website and email to: recruitment@holmewoodhouse.co.uk.

CVs can also be submitted as supporting information to the application form.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th May at 9am, though the school reserves the right to interview and offer the role prior to this date. If you would like more information on the role or require a hard copy application form please contact Dr Su Xavier on 01892 860000.