Activity Leaders

  • United Kingdom: Oxford.

Job Summary

If you enjoy working with young people and want a fun and active residential summer job, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Oxford Spires provides exciting education and learning experiences for international students aged 8 - 17 from overseas. This summer we will have 5 language schools running in Oxford, Cambridge, Cheltenham and Bristol

We need Activity Leaders to plan, deliver and supervise activities and ensure our students have the best time possible during their stay with us

Details of Position

As an Activity Leader with Oxford Spires, you will be helping to plan, deliver and supervise on-site and off-site activities as part of our residential team, and strive to ensure that each student has a safe, enjoyable and beneficial experience with us.

Locations: Oxford, Cambridge, Cheltenham and Bristol

Dates: Contracts for up to 6 weeks between 26 June and 21 August.
Cheltenham/Bristol dates are 10 July to 21 August
Oxford/Cambridge dates are 26 June to 8 August

Pay: As a residential team member, you will be provided with accommodation, meals and a weekly salary in the range £350.00 - £440.00 per week, depending on age, experience and qualifications.


Help to plan, deliver and supervise engaging, fun and appropriate activities for groups of international students, both on and off-site. Activities will include sports, art, drama and music. Some pre-prepared activity plans and equipment will be provided, but these will need adapting according to the needs and dynamics of particular student groups. Other activities may need to be prepared from scratch, as part of a team.
Lead and oversee full day, off-site excursions to places such as London, Oxford, Cambridge, Stratford upon-Avon, Bath and others (using inhouse walking tour presentations and following preorganised plans)
Complete any necessary paperwork required by the role, such as registers and activity plans

Assist with student supervision during break and mealtimes (on a rota basis)
Help to maintain student behaviour, safety and welfare, and ensure that the students do not breach the school rules
Support Management with the allocated house duty for that day, including wake-up calls, escorting students around the school, supervising students in the residence and lights-out
Be ready to assist at any time with an emergency situation, or where a student is ill or injured
Engage with the students outside of classes and assigned activity sessions in a friendly and professional manner
All residential staff may be required to be on call overnight in case of an emergency, on a rota basis
All staff are expected to assist with keeping the premises and company equipment clean, safe and in good order

An outgoing and enthusiastic personality
Excellent spoken English language skills
The ability to work as part of a team and also be able to use your own initiative
Strong communication skills
A flexible, cooperative, and responsible attitude
A reasonable level of fitness and knowledge of the rules and organisation of sports and games

Previous experience of working with young people at an EFL summer school/residential school programme
Local knowledge of Cambridge and other cities, such as London, Oxford and Bath
Specific skills in areas such as sport, art and music
A current first aid certificate
A full, clean driving licence.

We are an equal opportunities employer and appreciate all interest in joining the Spires Team.

All staff are subject to strict safeguarding checks in line with our Safeguarding and Recruitment Policies which include obtaining an Enhanced DBS Disclosure, and overseas criminal checks, if applicable.

Salary and Benefits

As a residential team member, you will be provided with accommodation, meals and a weekly salary in the range £350.00 - £440.00 per week, depending on age, experience and qualifications.

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