Sports & Social Assistant

Not a teacher? Are you an undergraduate who enjoys sport? We have assistant posts on the sports/social side of the Course.

An Outline Description of the Work

Vacational Studies Courses have run for 48 years. Most students come to us on recommendation from parents whose children have already been with us or who are the children of children who were with us in the '70s and '80s. We are Accredited by the British Council and are members of English UK (formerly ARELS). We have high standards of professionalism and expect the same from staff. Our reputation is of the greatest importance. Parents are confident that their children will have a developmental summer, socially and linguistically.

There are four 'Houses' in the School. Sports and Social Assistants will be allocated a 'House'. The job of the Sports & Social Assistant is to help the Sports/Social Organiser (SSO) to arrange a varied programme of activities including those mentioned in the brochure under the headings 'Sports' and 'Social Activities'; to supervise these activities as and when directed and join in where appropriate; to encourage the students to participate in the organised programme; to assist the Matron when required and to 'cover' for her on her day off; to sit with a class during the 'Supervised Study' period, if required.

Accommodation and Meals

The posts are resident. Basic accommodation is provided at no charge, as are all meals, except meals on excursions.

Additional Activities

Staff accompany excursions and shopping trips on a rota basis. All staff assume the normal pastoral responsibilities that are part of boarding school life.


All staff have 1 duty day + 2 x ½ day duties each week, or the equivalent. The 'Duty Day' is described in the 'Notes for Staff 2021'. There are also two completely free 24-hour days during the Course – any day except a Sunday.

Collection and Return Service

Some staff meet students at Heathrow on the first day and check them in when they return. Some staff will accompany students to Heathrow at the end of the Course and may depart from there.

Dates, Duration and Pay

We offer employment for a period of four weeks. Arrival is 10.00 on 10 July and departure is 15.00 on 7 August. Pay is £1250.00 (one thousand two hundred and fifty pounds) for the duration of the employment. For returning staff, there is a 10% addition in the second summer and a 15% addition in a third and subsequent summer. Payment is by bank transfer at the end of the course. If they wish, staff can be paid a 25% advance by bank transfer at the end of the first week, to be deducted from the final balance. As employment is temporary, if you affirm that the following is correct - 'this is my first job IN THE UK since 6 April 2021 and I have not been receiving taxable Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, taxable Incapacity Benefit, State or Occupational Pension', we are not required to deduct PAYE from staff at source. NI is deducted at the prevailing rate.

Weekly hours of work will vary as per your rota, usually between 35 and 38. If you find you are likely to work more than this, please see us and we shall arrange to adjust your hours or offer time-off in lieu or additional salary.

Suitability and Qualifications

The ideal applicant will have an interest and ability in sport. He or she will be a good organiser of children and adults; innovative; resourceful as to ideas; outgoing; spontaneous; hard-working. Experience in a residential situation is advantageous and, ideally, applicants will have worked with the 10-18 age-range. An interest in participating in the corporate life of the Course is essential. If this appeals, please complete the application form, giving your choice of Course in order of preference. Please read the 'Notes for Staff 2021' which describes the responsibilities in more detail. If your application is of interest, we shall contact your referees and, if these are satisfactory, we shall invite you for interview. This may be via skype. If appointed, your acceptance of an offered post assumes the acceptance of the contents of the information on this page and the contract of employment. As there is responsibility for and substantial access to children, we run DBS checks. Proof of qualifications is required – as is an explanation for any gaps in CVs. Before arrival, staff complete an online Safeguarding/'Prevent' course. On arrival, all staff are required to sign a declaration that they are not unfit to be working with children and young people aged 10-18.

The EU Working Hours Regulations 1998 Opt-Out Agreement

As this is a boarding school and hours are irregular, all staff are asked to sign this document. It is also part of the Contract.

A note on Work Permits and why we cannot employ non-EU staff

If you do not hold an EU passport (or have a dispensation to take temporary work as a Commonwealth citizen), you are not permitted to work in the UK unless you possess a Work Permit. An employer has to obtain a Work Permit from the Home Office to allow a non EU citizen to work in the UK. The employer must prove that EU labour is not available for the job. As EU labour is available for these posts, we do not apply for Work Permits

If you do not fulfil the stated criteria, we shall not take your application further.

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