About The Role

Contract Dates – 22/06/2023 – 12/08/2023*

  • Shorter Contracts Available

Activity Leaders take a key role in the pastoral care and supervision of students alongside the planning and delivery of wellbeing activities and evening events. Activity Leaders need to be highly attentive and well organised in their approach to supervision of students and managing welfare issues. With students from a diverse range of countries and cultures, it is important that Activity Leaders have sufficient presence to bring everyone together and create a fun, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the College.

Earlscliffe and SBC International are both part of the Dukes Education family of schools. Earlscliffe Summer School is delivered by Earlscliffe in collaboration with SBC International. Shortlisted applicants will have interviews conducted by Earlscliffe staff.

Main Duties

Assume responsibility for the welfare of all students

Engage with students in a friendly but professional manner

Supervise students in the boarding houses and other college areas, ensuring appropriate standards of student behaviour and monitoring student welfare

Oversee students moving throughout their day including key times at meals, wake-up / lights out, and break times

Attend daily Activity Leader meetings regarding pastoral issues, planning activities and excursion briefs

Be on duty during all designated meal and break times ensuring appropriate standards of student behaviour and supervising student welfare at all times

Engage with the students in a friendly but professional manner at all times

Be responsible for attending to unwell students and make arrangements with doctors when directed by the Centre Manager

Keep records of incidents, sickness and medical issues and inform the centre manager

Oversee general room tidiness and report any maintenance issues to the Centre Manager

Pro-actively address student behavioural issues remaining professional and empathic while dealing with discipline and behaviour management in a positive and constructive manner

Help ensure that the students do not breach the rules of the school

Assist at any time, whether on duty or not, with an emergency situation, or where a student is ill or injured

Adhere to all Health and Safety measures (including COVID safety measures, risk assessments and other policies and procedures, as required at the time of operation)

Social & Wellbeing Programme Duties

Together with the Centre Manager, take responsibility for the execution of the weekly Social Programme, ensuring a varied and engaging programme activities, events and excursions

Design, plan and deliver activities to groups of students within the programme

Work alongside fellow Activity Leaders to plan and deliver structured and engaging whole college events.

Lead students in the daily Programme sessions and on excursions, following pre-planned itineraries

Remuneration: Paid weekly, one week in arrears. The rate for Activity Leader is £517.53 (plus holiday pay £62.47) Food and accommodation (worth £60.90 per week) are included for all residential SBC staff. This results in a weekly total of £580.

About You

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    All members of staff employed by Earlscliffe will be expected to bring certain key qualities to the operation. There must be a professional interest in working with young people and particularly international children. Safety and welfare of the students is of paramount importance at Earlscliffe and a practical enforcing of this belief should be a quality exhibited by all staff.

    We look for staff who are:

    Empathic to the needs of students






    Flexible within the summer school environment

    Although Activity Leaders are not required to teach the English language lessons, we do expect them to be able to communicate effectively with our students, using an appropriate level of language to suit the group. Activity Leaders must demonstrate patience, empathy and an emotional awareness towards students both individually and in within a group setting. We expect Activity Leaders to take control of students and to manage discipline and behavioural issues in a firm, positive and constructive manner.

    Experience Required


    Experience working with children in a professional capacity

    Experience of, and genuine enjoyment of working with children

    Strong communication skills, ability to work under pressure, flexibility

    Ability to take control of and lead a group of children on activities and during excursions

    Strong organisational skills



    Experience of residential international summer schools

    Experience of working within the education sector

    Qualifications and experience in leading young people in either tennis, dance, performing arts, music or arts and crafts

    Experience and qualifications in coaching other sport

    Earlscliffe and SBC International are both part of the Dukes Education family of schools. Earlscliffe Summer School is delivered by Earlscliffe in collaboration with SBC International. Shortlisted applicants will have interviews conducted by Earlscliffe staff.

    About Us

    Earlscliffe is an independent sixth form college during the academic year and offers an intimate, highly-personalised environment. With an excellent academic reputation Earlscliffe provides it’s year round students with high-quality teaching and residential facilities. Located in Folkestone, Earlscliffe is within walking distance of the elegant Leas promenade and the beach; the town center’s shops and the high-speed train link to London St Pancras.

    Outside of the academic year Earlscliffe delivers high quality Easter and Summer courses for young people aged 8-17 where the curriculum is based on the 21st century learning skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication & creativity. Students are motivated and stimulated not only because of the course content but it’s relevance to their generations aims and passions.

    Please note that SBC and Earlscliffe are part of the same Educational group and SBC are recruiting on behalf of Earlscliffe. This means that SBC will be obtaining your references and carrying out your DBS check and sharing them with Earlscliffe. If you are not happy with us sharing this information with Earlscliffe or would like more information, please let us know.

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