FAQs about UK-based jobs with us
How do I apply for a role with Kings?
In order to apply for a role with Kings, please complete our online application form. Also ensure that you complete the second step of the application process, which requires you to email your CV and applicable qualifications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you apply through an external body such as indeed you will still be required to send in a CV and complete our online application form.
Where does Kings have summer centres?
Please refer to the Locations tab on this website for more information.
What qualifications are required for a role with Kings?
For all Teaching roles we require a completed teaching qualification. This includes a CELTA, TEFL, Trinity Certificate in TESOL, MA TESOL or equivalent. In addition, a completed Undergraduate degree is required, and previous teaching experience is desired.
Candidates interested in a Director of Studies position are required to have DELTA, Trinity diploma in TESOL or an equivalent qualification in addition to a minimum of two years teaching experience, management experience preferred.
Activity Leader roles do not require formal qualifications, we do however place preference on applicants who have previous experience in working with children and teenagers, as well as applicants with sports/coaching experience and qualifications or experience of working in an international camp environment.
Lifeguards are required to display a current and valid certificate.
Specialist staff for tennis, academic teachers and performing arts, require an appropriate qualification in these areas.
What happens after I submit my application?
Once you have completed the online application and emailed your CV and qualifications to the recruitment email your application will be reviewed. If you meet all requirements and are shortlisted for interview you will be contacted with 2 weeks of your application.
Many of our interviews take place over Skype. This interview usually lasts 30-45 mins (10-20 minutes for returning staff).
All staff must be eligible to work in the UK. All gaps in resumes will be queried and two recent professional references are required for each applicant (one if returning applicant).
Upon successful interview you will receive a contract, new hire paperwork and information regarding your role with Kings. Once these are returned you will be given access to our online training platform
We aim to promote managers from within – based on performance in previous summers – but highly encourage new applicants as well.
Will I be background-checked?
Yes, Kings will conduct a background check (known as the DBS) for applicants resident in the UK. We will cover the cost of this check for any new staff who are not on the update service but for any returning staff who we have previously done a check for and who are not on the update service we will do the check again but will recoup the cost of the new check in your first salary of the summer.
Letters of good conduct (local police check from the country you currently live in) will be required for those who do not live in UK. (We will give you details on how to obtain this.)
In addition, we require two professional references from a recent employer or college/university. All employment offers are subject to satisfactory results of both.
Will I be placed at the centre of my choice?
The recruitment team will aim to place you at the centre you prefer, should you be successful. In certain circumstances, it may be necessary to allocate staff to a different location than originally applied for or offered. In this case you will be contacted before your start date. In rare instances we may ask staff to move to a different location to meet business needs after commencement of the position (transfer costs will be covered by Kings if you are asked to move centre’s during your contract).
What does a typical work week look like?
Managers and House-Parents work 6 out of 7 days (with 1 full day off) during which the hours will vary.
All other staff (with some exceptions) work 6 days per week for a total of 46 hours, with one full day off per week. Usually, staff are allocated to fewer hours per week; however, staff might occasionally be expected to work more hours per week, should the need arise.
Working hours on any given working day may vary due to operational needs, thus a good degree of flexibility is required from staff members.
In addition to teaching and leading activities, all team members are expected to cover residential duties, which include wake up calls, shuttle supervision, meal supervision and bedtime duties.
Please note that during quieter weeks, residential duties will be allocated to all staff members in accordance with their weekly hours.
Requests for longer absences throughout the course of the summer are not normally permitted though exceptions can be made with plenty advanced warning.
What is the single and double shift system (aka “zigzag”)?
In a single shift centre, teachers teach 15 hours per week spread over 5 days and are involved in leading activities, excursions or performing residential duties for the remaining time of the week.
In a double shift centre, teachers will teach 30 hours per week spread over 5 days and support with excursions, activities and residential duties for the remaining time of the week.
Will training be provided for my role?
All staff will have access to the following training and materials following the return of your contract:
- Job Description & Staff Handbook
- Online staff portal with training materials and presentations.
You will be expected to review and study these documents before you start your role
- Online Safeguarding training
- Two days of off-site training (if starting before centre opening dates)
One day of on-site training at centre before commencement of your role
How much do I get paid?
Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Activity leaders, depending on age and experience. Further details will be provided at interview stage.
All residential staff get full board (with 3 meals per day).
Returning members of staff in their previous role will receive a loyalty bonus upon successful completion of their contract.
Management staff will be paid based on role and experience.
Non-residential staff will be provided with lunch at centre and receive a £30 per week supplement.
N.B.1: Please note non-residential places are limited and depend on location.
N.B.2: There are a limited number of non-residential teaching only contracts available in some centres.
How will I be paid?
Staff are paid fortnightly, every other Friday.
Please note Kings does NOT accept foreign bank accounts, so in order to get paid we ask both UK and non-UK staff members to provide us with a UK bank account.
If you are unsure about your options, do get in touch with us as we are able to advise.
Do I need to wear a uniform?
All staff will be provided with Kings issued uniform consisting of a Polo/T-shirt and hooded sweatshirt. Uniform has to be worn during all shifts. Staff are expected to keep uniforms clean and presentable and dress according to their role/the activity they are scheduled to lead.
Staff are also expected to always wear the Kings issued lanyards with their name tag and role when on duty.
Please note flip flops and/or beachwear is not permitted.
Face covering might be required.
Will I live on campus?
Most of our staff live on campus in a residential capacity. On occasion, it is possible for Teachers and Activity Staff to be non-residential and live off campus.
Staff will be located in the same areas as students for the purpose of supervision and whilst we will endevour to place all staff in single rooms staff on occasion may have to share rooms maybe with another staff member of the same gender. For operational purposes, staff might be required to change room during their stay.
All residential staff will be provided with three meals per day. Cooking facilities are not provided.
Will I have access to laundry facilities?
Yes, all of our sites have an on-site laundry which, depending on centre, is either free or has a cost of around £2 per wash/dry.
What shall I bring if I am living on campus?
Please bring your own towels and any personal items you may require throughout the summer. Bedding will be provided.
Teachers should bring classroom suitable attire, which can be worn with the uniform. All staff should bring comfortable clothing and footwear, suitable for sports, walking tours and sightseeing excursions.
All staff are responsible for personal valuables (such as laptop) which are brought to campus, so we advise for these to be covered by personal insurance.
We also encourage staff to bring along their favourite teaching materials, musical instruments (within reason) to enhance the programme delivery.
We will also be happy to answer/go through any other questions you might have during the interview process.
Will Kings organize staff transport?
All staff are required to arrange their own transportation to the centre. Upon request, we will facilitate communication between staff to arrange ride sharing on social media.
Can I bring a car to campus?
Yes, all of our centers are located on a university campus/boarding school, which provide free parking except for Southbank and Brighton, where we recommend using public transportation due to a lack of parking facilities.
Please refer to the staff handbook for more information.
What are residential duties?
These are typically wake up call, meal supervision, shuttle support and bedtime duties. These will be allocated as per weekly rota and the number might vary from week to week, depending on operational needs.
Do I need to remain on campus at all times?
Please note this may vary depending on current Covid-19 restrictions.
No, staff are encouraged to explore the local area and enjoy their time off while not on duty. All staff must adhere to school rules and curfew times (where appropriate). Please refer to the Kings Staff Handbook for more detailed information for residential and non-residential staff.
How can I communicate with the staff in advance on the summer?
Once hired, we will invite you to join our Kings Young Learners Staff Facebook page where we encourage staff to communicate with each other.