Mallinson Sports Centre Activity Leader

  • Job title: Mallinson Sports Centre Activity Leader
  • Job Type: Full time
  • Salary: £8 -£10 per hour
  • Department: Mallinson Sports Centre
  • Reporting to: MSC General Manager
  • Location: Highgate, North London
  • Start: July 2023
  • Closing Date: 30 June 2023 at 12:00 pm
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We have an exciting opportunity for an Activity Leader to join the friendly Mallinson Sports Centre at Highgate School. We are looking to appoint a friendly and fun Activity Leader to work on our School Holiday Camps, which we run every School Holiday. We are looking to appoint staff with  great personality and energy to join our Casual Holiday staff team for the dynamic, caring and forward-thinking community at Highgate and surrounding areas.

The Department

The Mallinson team provide strategic, operational and commercial support for the Mallinson Sports Centre which is part of Highgate School.

We are a collaborative, dynamic team who are customer-focused, multi-tasking and passionate about sports and fitness.

The Mallinson Sports Centre services the needs of the extended School family and the local community as well as those of our pupils. During term time the Centre is used exclusively by

the School between 7am and 6pm and outside these times and at weekends the community use programme is in place.

The successful candidate will be joining the Mallinson team at a truly exciting time during a 10 year development plan of the facilities which is already in progress. You will be able to develop your knowledge of the leisure and school industry whilst developing your communication and team working skills.

Sport has traditionally held a significant place in the life of Highgate and the sports facilities are excellent.  Highgate has extensive playing fields covering some 20 acres with squash, tennis and Eton Fives courts.  The Mallinson Sports Centre consists of a large sports hall, a cricket hall, a 25m swimming pool, squash courts and a weights suite together with a social area, ancillary offices and changing accommodation.

Job Description

The Role

To assist the Mallinson team in the provision of a high quality service to school and community users. To contribute to the organisation and planning and development of all Mallinson Camp Activities.

Main Responsibilities

  • Supervision of groups of children on holiday programmes.
  • Entertaining and providing suitable games and activities for groups of children during week long programmes.
  • Cleaning duties of areas used throughout the building.
  • Setting up and safe removal of all equipment used.
  • Reporting of First Aid situations to main reception area.
  • Attending on-site training and meetings as requested by the Commercial Manager.
  • Maintaining good staff working relationships.
  • Planning of daily activities and end of week entertainments.
  • Sit with and supervise children during lunch.
  • Register children during the morning, lunch, and at the end of the day.
  • Ensure children are collected safely by parents/guardians
  • Ensure the supervision and safety of children at all times.
  • Ensure you are aware of the schools H&S policy and evacuation procedures.
  • Carrying out any other duties or additional areas of responsibility as may reasonably be required by the Commercial Manager.

These duties and responsibilities are intended as a guide. They are not exhaustive: the Activity Leader will be expected to undertake any reasonable task or responsibility as required by the Mallinson Sports Centre Manager or his appointee.

Person Specification
  • Criteria
  • How will these be tested or verified?
  • Experience
  • Essential
    • A team player with a flexible ‘can do’ approach.
    • Experience working or volunteering in a sports related environment.
    • Experience working with children or in a customer care environment.
  • Ability / Skills
  • Desirable
    • Basic understanding of Health and Safety and risk assessments.
    • Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding policies.
    • Basic First Aid experience.
  • Personal Attributes
  • Essential
    • A polite and friendly manner.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with visitors to the centre, pupils, teaching and support staff.
    • A responsible and conscientious approach, especially with regard to health and safety matters.


Location | Highgate Village, adjacent to Hampstead Heath, with quaint shops and easy connections across London.

Pension | AVIVA workplace pension scheme offered – employer contribution, with the ability to flex up to 11% of this as additional non-pensionable salary, employees contribute a minimum of 5%.

Personal development | Comprehensive induction support for new staff. Focus on continued professional development for all employees.

Leisure facilities | Free access, at stipulated times, to our sports facilities, including a fitness suite and swimming pool (recently refurbished).

Holidays | Generous holiday allowance of 33 days (including bank holidays) for full-time staff. Most holidays will be taken during school holiday periods.

Lunch | A complimentary lunch including hot meals, sandwiches, salads, fresh fruit and dessert.

Help with sustainable travel  | Access to the Cycle to Work Scheme and a Season Ticket Loan scheme for public transport.

Family-friendly policies | Highgate appreciates that employees sometimes have family commitments so we try to be as supportive as possible, for example with enhanced maternity pay (8 weeks’ full pay, then 10 weeks’ half pay) and paid dependant leave.

Working at Highgate

A culture of community, kindness and belonging

Highgate is a caring, open-minded community, where we promote kindness, empathy and friendship. Everyone who works and studies with us deserves to feel they are part of a welcoming environment that enables them to be themselves and to thrive as individuals.

Our community extends beyond the school, through partnerships, charity work and our commitment to equality, inclusion and sustainability. All members of our school community are encouraged to look outwards and play an active role.

In a recent ISI inspection (Dec 2021), it was noted that “Pupils show exceptional respect for, and appreciate diversity within the school and wider community, and their own and other cultures, demonstrating sensitivity and tolerance to those from different backgrounds and traditions.”

Staff wellbeing

Highgate is committed to staff wellbeing, which we promote by encouraging a strong work-life balance; trying our best to support flexible working requests; providing a nutritious complimentary lunch in the dining hall; and offering access to sporting facilities including our recently renovated swimming pool.

The Staff Wellbeing Committee, with representatives across the School, meets regularly to drive forward initiatives, and a selection of staff have been trained as Mental-Health First Aiders.

We encourage an open culture throughout our school, with regular staff surveys, action committees and opportunities to feedback. We strive for continual learning and improvement, and staff training and development is paramount. There are opportunities to participate in the wider life of our school, such as taking part in trips or societies and getting involved in partnership projects.

More details about working at Highgate can be found here:

Work with us    Aims + Ethos

Charitable work and sustainability

As an independent school, we want to use our position as a charity effectively: to make high-quality education accessible to as many children as possible – through our bursary programme at Highgate and through our work with local state schools. We have partnerships with over 60 state schools across 7 London boroughs, and we are the principal educational sponsor for London Academy of Excellence, Tottenham – an academically-selective state sixth form in a community where such opportunities are lacking.

Alongside this, our staff and pupils undertake charitable activities throughout the year. These range from staff giving up their time to neighbourhood schools and charitable organisations, focused fundraising campaigns, to pupils undertaking community work in the local area or further afield.

As a school, we have a central role to play in educating our pupils, staff and parents about the importance of environmental sustainability. We are taking positive action to adapt our operational performance to tackle the negative effects of climate change. We encourage all our staff to reflect upon their personal and professional practices, to support our environmental agenda and to make positive changes wherever possible.

Application procedure

  • Closing Date: 30th June 2023
  • Timing of interviews: ASAP

Contact: Recruitment Team are happy to answer any questions about this post.

Early Application: Applications will be considered ‘as and when’ received and we may close the vacancy if we appoint before the closing date.

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We know that more diverse teams are stronger teams, and that the more inclusive we are, the more our staff and pupils will feel a sense of belonging and will thrive. To enable us to make reasonable adjustments, please let us know of any disabilities (including neuro-divergence) when you submit your application.


As this role will have regular unsupervised contact with children you must, if appointed, comply with Highgate’s Safeguarding Policy and Staff Code of Conduct. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety and welfare of our pupils, these concerns must be reported immediately in accordance with the Safeguarding Policy.  If whilst in the post, Highgate becomes aware of any safeguarding concerns to staff, pupils or the community; these will need to be followed up in line with the safeguarding policy and code of conduct which is underpinned by KCSE and other legislation. These concerns may need to be shared with other agencies.  A copy of these policies will accompany all offers of employment. Training will also be provided to all staff to support Safeguarding practice.

Please read before you apply

Highgate is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to this post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and overseas police check if necessary. Candidates from overseas must provide information about their past conduct, for example, by providing documents issued by overseas teaching authorities.

Please note that this role is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore, you are required to declare any convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings that are not ‘protected’ (i.e. filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013). Shortlisted candidates will be asked to provide details of all unspent convictions and those that would not be filtered, prior to the date of the interview.

In accordance with the latest guidance from KCSIE, we shall be conducting online searches on any candidates who are shortlisted.

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