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Summer Boarding Courses
Salary: 575 per week
Location: London, Birmingham, Oxfordshire, South West, Bournemouth
Job type: Seasonal
Contact: HR Team
Category: Summer Camps, Summer Jobs


Summer Boarding Courses operates high quality residential international summer schools at leading UK Boarding Schools and Oxford University Colleges.

Summer Boarding Courses provides a truly international experience in fantastic locations, with English language and activity programmes that ensure students have an unforgettable summer.

Our summer schools welcome students between the ages of 8 and 17, from all round the world. During summer 2016, over 100 different nationalities attended our summer schools.

All of our courses are residential, and our staff work with the utmost care and attention for the welfare of our students. We believe that learning English is just the starting point and that through our courses, students can experience a multi-national, multi-cultural atmosphere which helps them to develop personally and socially. We are fortunate to welcome many of our students and staff come back year on year.  

The importance of our House Parents cannot be underestimated, as they are primarily responsible for the day-to-day pastoral care of our students. The welfare of students is the main priority during the summer and therefore House Parents will need to be highly attentive and well organised in their approach to welfare issues. Although not a management role, House Parents will be expected to take ownership of all matters within their boarding house, supported by the other staff in their house.


A significant part of the House Parent role is working towards generating a positive environment in the boarding house. With students from a diverse range of countries and cultures, it is important that the House Parent displays a big enough presence to bring everyone together and create a fun, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the house. The House Parent role is a demanding, yet highly rewarding position.  


Hours of Work:

Due to the nature of the role, the House Parents’ week is not divided into sessions like other summer school staff. House Parents are required to work intermittently through the day, beginning with wake-up duties, and finishing with lights-out. However, the individual periods of work throughout the day are shorter than English lessons or activity sessions, which means over a week, House Parents will be on duty approximately the same length as other non-management staff. House Parents will receive one full day off per week.


Main Duties: 

•       Assume overall responsibility for the welfare of all students

•       Attend pre-course House Parent training

•       Complete a First Aid course (arranged by SBC) and act as a school First Aider

•       Welcome students and parents arriving at the school 

•       Assist the Summer School Director with room allocations, helping students to their rooms and making them feel welcome

•       Ensure rooms are prepared for student arrivals and are tidy on departure

•       Attend daily House Parent meetings, monitoring and reporting any issues within the house

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

•       Be responsible for attending to unwell students and making arrangements with doctors – where applicable this may be in conjunction with the Welfare Coordinator

•       Keep records of incidents/sickness and medical issues and inform the Summer School Director (and if applicable Welfare Co-ordinator) thereof

•       Make sure rooms are cleaned satisfactorily by cleaning staff, oversee general boarding house tidiness and report any maintenance issues to the Summer School Director

•       Perform daily lights out and wake up duties, assisted by a designated member of staff

•       Communicate with parents about boarding house matters either by telephone or face-to-face

•       Be prepared to take a ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ role (particularly to younger students) when required, particularly if homesickness occurs 

•       Arrange telephone times for the younger students 

•       Oversee issues of hygiene 

•       Plan and deliver in-house activity nights for the students in your house, supported by the other staff in your team (not more than once a week)


•       Manage the boarding house laundry operations, ensuring students are advised and assisted when sending clothes to the weekly external laundry service

•       When necessary address student behavioural issues in a professional and empathic manner

•       When required lead groups of students on excursions, following pre-planned itineraries


General Duties:

        Escort students to their houses and supervise while in the houses 

        If required, supervise or assist with a weekly excursion or evening activity session 

        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 

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




All members of staff employed by SBC to work at the summer school will be expected to bring certain key qualities to the operation.  Generally, there must be a real interest in working with children and in particular a strong empathy for working with international children.  In general terms we look for staff to be:







Although House Parents 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. We expect and require House Parents to take control of the students and to be authoritative when necessary. 


The safety and welfare of our students is of paramount importance at all times and this should therefore be the priority of House Parents, with particular thought and attention paid to managing the children when off-site, often in busy public places.


House Parents must be friendly and must demonstrate a genuine ability and interest in engaging with the children at all times.  They must be helpful, will undoubtedly be required to be flexible and will most certainly require a good sense of fun!


Should you be successful...

       We will require the details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact. 

       Any gaps in your CV will be enquired about, and must be explained satisfactorily.  

       You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (previously called a Criminal Records Bureau check), or equivalent if living outside the UK, and you will be asked to sign the Children’s Act 1989 declaration safeguarding the welfare of children, and state that you have no known reason why you cannot work with children.

       2 types of official identification and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.



Summer Boarding Courses is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We have a comprehensive Child Protection Policy and procedures in place which all employees, volunteers and contractors are expected to adhere to.


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