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Summer 2024 Activity Counsellor

Date:  19 May 2024

London /remote, GB

Job ID:  957
School:  Bucksmore
Company:  Nord Anglia Education

Bucksmore Education is full of history and tradition, but also of originality and challenge. With 40 years of experience to perfect and improve the quality of our prestigious summer schools, we are proud of the summer programmes we offer. It is our goal to support every student towards achieving their goals, in a safe and positive learning environment, whether this is building on their language skills, developing fundamental 21st century leadership skills and a global mindset or studying at a top UK boarding school or university. 

The summer school was modelled on American summer camps, with ‘Counsellors’ who live with students, teach lessons and lead excursions and activities, providing a higher level of pastoral care, guidance, and friendship – giving students more than just ‘teachers’ and ‘activity leaders’ at a summer school. 

Working in summer schools is a rewarding experience for both students and staff, and Bucksmore aims to make our courses ones that our students never forget. The Bucksmore philosophy is for students to mix with their fellow students and staff wherever possible to make their time with us a rich and genuinely international cultural experience

Activity Counsellor 


Courses: Young Professionals and Advanced Studies Programme


Location: Oxford International College,Oxford and d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford


Course Dates: Bucksmore Summer courses run from the 2nd July to 6th August with a typical contract length of 4-6 weeks. All staff undertake a paid period of induction prior to student arrival on a course.


Main Duties and Responsibilities 

Bucksmore Activity Counsellors play an essential part in assisting the delivery of our academic programme as well as the activities programme, ensuring that students who attend our programmes have an unforgettable educational experience in a safe, caring environment. Engaging with students in all aspects of a course ensure that both students and staff make the most out of their time on a summer course. The activity programmes comprise of daytime and evening activities alongside full and half day trips to places of historical and cultural interest.

  • Develop and deliver any workshops or project sessions as directed by the Academic Manager'
  • Organise and implement a wide range of afternoon and evening activities as directed by the Activity Manager and centre Manager while participating, leading and supervising.
  • Promote the activity programme and ensure maximum student participation
  • Take responsibility or joint responsibility on off-site excursions and on-site activates
  • Guide and supervise students on excursions and trips
  • Assist with airport transfers
  • Supervise students during meal times as per the weekly staff rota
  • Assist with wake up and bedtime duties as per the weekly staff rota
  • Respond to general emergencies at all times
  • Maintain proper levels of student discipline, safety and welfare


Person Specification 


Legal Requirement: All applicants must have the eligibility to work in the UK prior to commencing employment. 

Essential Knowledge, qualifications and experience: 

  • Native or native level English speaker
  • Experience of working with children or young learners in a formal capacity
  • Academic background related to the course


Essential Skills, abilities and competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Willingness to contribute positively to the students’ activity programme
  • An understanding of child safeguarding


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Salaries and Benefits

Band A £529.05 a week including holiday pay.

Band B £506.54 a week Including holiday pay.

Band C £393.97 a week including holiday pay


Training and senior staff induction is provided prior to the start of a centre opening. All positions are residential, accommodation and full board meals are provided 

Bucksmore charge approximately 50% of the cost of a DBS check and update service fee (£23.15) + (£6.50) which is deducted from the first payroll. 

At Nord Anglia Education we are committed to providing a world class, safe, happy environment in which children and young people can thrive and learn. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our pupils where we embrace all race, abilities, religions, genders, and cultures. 

All post holders in regulated activity (having regular unsupervised contact with children) are subject to appropriate national and international vetting procedures including satisfactory criminal record checks from both your country of residence/birth and any country of residence within the last 10 years. 

We welcome applications from suitable qualified persons from all diverse backgrounds. 

Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

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