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Job details
Employer Thames Valley Summer Schools
Location South East
Salary From £1781 for a minimum 3-week contract
Contract type Full Time
Contract term Fixed Term
Job dates
Closing date Applications are closed
Job starts 2nd to 5th July

Contract term Temporary (3 - 4 week contracts)

For more than 40 years, we've been helping young people from all over the world to improve their command of English. During this time, over 60,000 students have spent the summer with us and, in the process, have enjoyed a complete English experience.

They've sampled our culture, visited many of our famous landmarks and, above all, discovered that learning a language can be enormous fun. We take enormous care in choosing our residential centres and only prestigious boarding schools are considered. We look at everything they have to offer - from their location through to their range of facilities.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic Housemasters and Housemistresses for our British Council accredited residential language courses for overseas students held at leading independent schools in south-east England.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of your boarding house, and for the monitoring, welfare and motivation of our international students.

Supported by a Senior Housemaster/ Housemistress, you will set up and implement boarding house procedures for getting up, mealtimes, bedtime and for the safe keeping of students’ valuables and pocket money. In addition to regular senior staff meetings, you will report to the Senior Housemaster/ Housemistress on any matters connected with boarding house administration or student discipline/ welfare requiring his/her attention.

The effective supervision and safety of students is of paramount importance.

The ideal applicant must have experience of managing young students in a residential environment. Flexibility to respond to the unexpected, a sense of humour and enthusiasm are important, as is the ability to command respect from staff and students. Good organisational skills and a genuine interest in the welfare of young people are essential.

Senior staff and arrive at their centre prior to students to prepare for the beginning of the course.

All residential posts include full board accommodation, with access to high quality facilities at the centres. Senior staff work an average six-day week.

For further details of the post and to apply using our online application form, please visit our website at and click on Work For Us.

Thames Valley Summer Schools is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. As part of our commitment:

  • All references will be followed up
  • Referees will be asked specifically if there is any reason why you should not be allowed to work with under 18-year olds
  • Any gaps in your employment history will need to be explained satisfactorily
  • Proof of identity and qualifications will be required and photocopies of the original certificate will be taken
  • All candidates are required to hold or undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct from their local police

Candidates for our senior positions will have two interviews as part of the appointment process. The first will be a Skype or phone interview and the second a personal interview held at our Head Office in Windsor.

Please note that due to a large number of applicants we are only able to contact successful candidates. All applicants must be eligible to work in the UK as we do not sponsor work permit visa applications. Thank you for your understanding.

Closing date for applications: 14 May 2017

Thames Valley Summer Schools
13 Park Street
t: 01753 852 001
f: 01753 831 165