Social Deans

Under the guidance of the Social Programme Manager, Social Deans are primarily responsible for delivering the Activity Programme at Oxford College Summer School (St Hugh’s) and are responsible for the day-to-day pastoral care and behaviour management of our students.

The welfare of students is our main priority during the summer and therefore Social Deans will need to be highly attentive and well organised in their approach to their supervision of students throughout the daily programme and when managing welfare issues. Social Deans will be expected to have a strong awareness of behaviour and welfare matters within the college and actively support House Deans to manage and pre-empt any issues.

The importance of the Social Programme at a residential summer college cannot be underestimated. The success or otherwise of the activities and social events has a huge bearing on how the students interact with each other, which will ultimately contribute to their overall summer experience.

With students from a diverse range of countries and cultures, it is important that Social Deans have a big enough presence to bring everyone together and create a warm, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the College. The Social Dean role is a demanding, yet highly rewarding position.

Hours of Work 

Social Deans will work a 14-session week. These sessions will be made up of morning, afternoon and evening and will be spent leading the Social & Activity Programme, planning and preparing activities, or on general college duties.

Social Deans will be expected to take ownership and responsibility for the design and implementation of the Social & Activity programme as the summer progresses. Where appropriate they will lead afternoon and evening events while working with colleagues to support them in the running of these activities.

Outside of scheduled sessions, staff are responsible for attending any necessary meetings and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the students at all times. Approximately twice a week, Social Deans will also perform pastoral duties assisting House Wardens with pastoral care and providing support with behaviour management and student welfare.  Social Deans will receive one full day off per week.

 Main Duties   

Social Programme Duties  

  General Duties



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.  We look for staff who are:


Although Social Deans are not required to teach academic classes, 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 Social Deans to support, encourage but also take control of the students and be authoritative if necessary.

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

Social Deans will demonstrate a genuine ability and interest in engaging with students at all times.  They must be helpful, they will undoubtedly be required to be flexible and will most certainly require a good sense of fun!


Should you be successful… 


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.


How to apply

To apply to work for us as a College Teacher, EFL Teacher or Summer Study Teacher, please download and complete the SBC Teacher Application Form

To apply to work for us as an Activity Leader, please download and complete the SBC Activity Leader Application Form

To apply to work for us as a College Mentor, please download and complete the SBC College Mentor Application Form

To apply to work for us as a House Parent, please download and complete the SBC House Parent Application Form

To apply to work for us as a Social Dean, please download and complete the SBC Social Dean Application Form

To apply to work for us as a House Warden, please download and complete the SBC House Warden Application Form

Please send all completed forms to

To apply for one of the other positions advertised, please e-mail your CV and a covering letter to

Due to the expected high volume of applicants we can unfortunately only contact you should your application suit the needs and requirements of the post. Thank you for your understanding.

If we feel your application meets the requirements of the role advertised, we will contact you to arrange either a telephone interview or a face-to-face interview. Should you then be successful…

  • We will require the contact details of two recent and relevant referees who we will contact.
  • Any gaps in your employment history will be enquired about, and must be explained satisfactorily.
  • You will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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.
  • Official identification and certificates (either originals or certified copies) will be required for our records.


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