Activity Leader

This requires the post-holder to lead a full range of activities and excursions both on and off site. Activity Leaders will also conduct airport transfers and offer constructive support as required to all aspects of the summer school operation.

The Activity Leader will be enthusiastic, responsible and outgoing. We need our Activity Leaders to be confident and effective in their communication with others. We aim for all our Activity Leaders to have as much fun as possible with students whilst always acting with high regard for the rules and policies of LAL and maintaining discipline throughout the course.

Line Manager:

Summer Schools Leisure Manager (Excursions Manager and Activity Manager at St Mary’s)/ Welfare Management

Hours of Work/Contract Type:

Your normal hours of work are 48 per week over a six day week. You may be required to work additional hours when requested to meet the needs of the business. This position involves working on weekends and other unsocial hours.

Main Responsibilities and Tasks:

Leisure Responsibilities

  • To actively encourage students to take part in the leisure programme.
  • To organise, set up and lead fun, engaging and safe activities for the students.
  • To lead students and International Group Leaders on excursions to a variety of locations, providing cultural information about the places they are seeing.
  • To ensure that all aspects of the leisure programme run smoothly and safely.
  • To assist in daily administrative and pastoral tasks as requested by line management, including meal monitoring.
  • To carry out arrival and departure airport transfers, providing an excellent first and last impression of LAL Summer Schools.

Welfare Responsibilities

  • To provide House Parent cover as and when required (up to 2 nights per week) which includes:
  • Managing the residence, ensuring that it is a secure, welcoming and functioning environment – maintaining order and cleanliness.
  • Remaining on-site and in the designated residence at all times when on House Parent duty, ensuring students know where to go if they have a problem during the night.
  • Conducting nightly house meetings with all students staying in the residence.
  • Ensuring students go to bed on time and that order is kept at night times.
  • To assist House Parents, where necessary, in ensuring students are in their accommodation on time for the house meetings and bed.
  • To accompany students living with homestay hosts to and from the summer school.
  • To assist students in being on time for meals, transport arrangements and all planned activities.

Other Responsibilities

  • To be fully engaged with students and International Group Leaders in the rigours of summer school work, providing excellent customer service while delivering the LAL Summer School product.
  • To consistently ensure the welfare of the students remains paramount.
  • To live on-site, board and lodging provided as part of the salary package, from three days prior to the start of the course to attend induction training, until the end of the last contracted day.
  • To carry out all tasks concerned with the setting up, administration and closing down of the course as advised by line management.
  • To address any student, International Group Leader or host site representatives issues, complaints or suggestions by ensuring that the relevant LAL staff are made aware.
  • To act in a friendly and professional manner with all of LAL’s agents, clients and staff and not to engage in any activity which may bring LAL or the designated host school into disrepute.
  • To assist all students, International Group Leaders and LAL agents to derive the maximum benefit from the course.
  • To follow all LAL policies and procedures, including but not limited to dress code, safeguarding, maintaining student discipline and avoiding loss and/or damage to LAL property or property belonging to the host school.
  • To read and be fully conversant with all training materials relating to the role, and all pertinent British Council Accreditation requirements, prior to the start of the period of employment.
  • To be flexible to carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Summer School management team, either in centre or at Head Office.
  • To attend all required meetings as instructed by the management team.
  • If you are a returning member of staff and have worked for LAL UK Summer Schools before, you will be expected to ‘buddy up’ with new team members, using your experience to help with their development.

Person Specification:



  • Educated to GCSE standard (5 A*-C grades – including English and Maths) or equivalent
  • Very good level of spoken and written English (CEFR B2 minimum, e.g. FCE/IELTS 5-6.5)


  • NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Educated to A Level standard
  • Good knowledge of the local area and/or experience of leading cultural tours
  • Driving license



  • Experience of working with young people


  • Previous experience in a similar role
  • Summer School experience

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  • Must work well as part of a team
  • Responsible approach to working with juniors
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • ‘Can do’ approach to work
  • Enthusiasm


  • Knowledge of a foreign language
  • Computer literate with experience using Microsoft Office 365

Personal Attributes


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some knowledge of foreign cultures
  • Interests in activities and local cultures
  • Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (police check)



The role of Activity Leader is an important one, directly concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of overseas junior students.

  • Salary: From £250 to £380 per week
  • Location: Mount Kelly (Tavistock), St Swithun’s School (Winchester), St Mary's University (Twickenham), Berkhamsted School (Berkhamsted), University of Sussex (Brighton)
  • Division: UK Summer Schools
  • Contract lengthSummer Job

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