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Join us as an Activity Leader

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Our ongoing commitment to safer recruitment means that all successful applicants will be expected to be part of the DBS update service or be required to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure. 

Applicants will also be required to provide two professional references as well as explain any gaps in employment history before any offer is made.

If you have a confident, outgoing and sociable character and are keen to interact with and inspire young people then you could be just what we are looking for!

As an Activity Leader you will work with students who want to improve their English, have fun and make international friends. You will organise and lead activities and excursions. It is essential that you are able to work independently, flexibly and as part of a team.

The Head Office team provides a comprehensive set of activity and excursion materials such as step-by-step activity plans, excursion booklets and walking tour routes. All you have to do is help to execute the plans in a well organised and fun way also adding your welcomed ideas to the programme too!

You do not need to be a good sportsperson. We are looking for people who are willing to participate fully and supervise responsibly.

For central London and Edinburgh, we offer the Explorer programmes where students are offered half-day tours of the city rather than activities in order to take full advantage of the location. You must be familiar with the history and sights of these cities.

Start Date: - Contracted work from June – August 2020, length of contract depends on the centre

Salary: - (18-20) £309.60 per week, (21-24) £393.60 per week, 25+ £418.56 per week (minus £57.40 accommodation offset for residential staff). Pay in lieu of any unspent holiday at 12.07% of total gross pay. Increments awarded.

Hours:- 48 hours over 6 days per week

Locations: - Cambridge, Canterbury, Chichester, Dover, Edinburgh, London [Bankside, Bloomsbury and Uxbridge], Malvern, Oakham, Woodcote (Reading) and York. All positions can be residential or non-=residential. Non-residential ONLY at Edinburgh and central London centres.

Key responsibilities

  • Plan and run onsite and offsite activity sessions
  • Actively encourage students during activities and ensure that everyone takes part
  • Escort groups on excursions, and provide interactive and informative tours while observing the safety of all students
  • Supervise students during meal times, free time and in residences
  • Be familiar with Stafford House policies on safeguarding and student welfare and adhere to them at all times

Experience and skills


  • Be 18 years of age or over with a responsible and professional attitude
  • Be a confident communicator who is able to address large groups
  • Have an interest in activities e.g. sports, drama, arts crafts
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Enjoy working with children and teenagers from other cultures


  • Relevant qualification e.g. sports coaching, art or drama
  • Current First Aid certificate or Current RLSS lifesavers qualification
  • Previous summer school experience and/or residential experience
  • Experience of working with children and/or teenagers

How will you spend your summer?

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Application Details

Personal Details


Please include TEFL qualifications, A-Levels, Diplomas, Degrees, Coaching, Lifeguarding, First Aid. Also, please include name of institution, qualification/subject, awarding body, date and mode of study, e.g University of Edinburgh, BA History,, full time 2012-2016 or IH Barcelona, CELTA, Cambridge, full time September 2018 Academic staff only: please include a scan of your ELT and degree certificates with this application.

EFL Teaching Experience

(if applicable; calculate up to June 2019). This information will be passed on to the centre

Full Employment History

Please note that in order to process your application, your FULL employment history is required. Please explain/ account for any gaps. We may contact previous employers if you have worked with children or with another summer school organisation. Please also include any voluntary/unpaid work. Please also attach your most recent CV. If this CV includes your full employment history, you may just write 'see attached CV' in this section.

Further Information


Please give the names of two professional referees who can comment on your suitability to work with children. All references will be followed up. • Please include your current or most recent employer. • If you have worked at another summer school within the past three years, please include a referee from this employment. • If you have previously worked with children, please include a referee who can comment on this work. • At least one referee must know you in a professional capacity; the other may know you in an academic capacity or through voluntary work. • References from friends and family are not acceptable. • Please use company email addresses wherever possible.

Reference #1

Reference #2

Applicant Declaration

Please answer ‘yes’ to each statement to confirm your acceptance

Declaration of Suitability to Work with Children

Our Child Protection Policy

Stafford House Summer is committed to providing a safe and comfortable environment for juniors in our care. We achieve this by: • Adhering to safer recruitment of staff practices as per NCSL guidelines • Having clear code of conduct for all staff working at our centres • Adopting child protection policies and procedures as per NSPCC guidelines • Having clearly visible and accessible Anti-Bullying Policy and Student Complaints procedure. Please see our Staff Handbook for full information. Because of the sensitive nature of the duties you will be expected to undertake, you are required to disclose details of any criminal record and a DBS check or Disclosure Scotland may be processed. Disclosure may not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position as only relevant convictions and other information will be taken into account, however you must disclose all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not "protected" as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013 by SI 2013 1198). Please visit the following website to read up on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act:

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