Job Ref: Caretaker
Sector: Hospitality & Catering
Job Type: Permanent
Date Added: 26 July 2018
  • Birmingham, West Midlands, West Midlands, England
  • £8.50 - £10 per Hour
  • Blue Arrow Birmingham Catering
  • 01216324477

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We are looking to recruit a reliable, self-motivated Caretaker.
We are looking for a candidate who can:

  • Ensure that the management and maintenance of the school buildings and environment are effectively undertaken.
  • Provide a clean and safe environment for all users of the school.
  • Manage/monitor contractors and lettings on site.
  • Work in a team and have a flexible approach.
  • Support and promote the aims, objectives and Christian ethos of the school
  • Uphold a commitment to safeguarding, inclusive practice and equal opportunities for all

Hours of work: 7am - 10am / 2pm - 6pm (Mon-Fri). 36.5hrs p/w

Caretaker Job Description
Responsible to: Headteacher and School AdministratorResponsible for: Assistant Caretaker

Site Managment
To be responsible for all aspects of site management including a wide range of duties and responsibilities connected with the fabric and grounds of the school. This includes security, cleanliness, porterage, monitoring contracts/contractors, routine maintenance and refurbishment, minor repairs, advising the Headteacher on suggested improvements to the general school environment and to carry out pre-planned maintenance programmes.

General Responsibilities
To ensure that the management and maintenance of the school buildings and environment are effectively undertaken.

  • To be responsible for the health & safety of the site
  • To undertake repairs and DIY projects
  • To ensure that the school needs are met through development of the premises staff.
  • To delegate tasks as appropriate to other site staff or outside contractors, ensuring Health & Safety regulations are strictly adhered to.
  • To monitor the performance of the cleaning contractor and liaise with the area manager to ensure a clean, tidy and well maintained school environment
  • To ensure the school is kept clean and tidy and is conducive to learning e.g. litter picking, collection and disposal of refuse, disinfecting bins, ensuring toilets checked daily for fresh supply of disposables etc.

Premises Management

  • In conjunction with the Headteacher to monitor the day to day maintenance and repair budget and the cleaning materials budget
  • To advise on a rolling programme of redecoration/refurbishment
  • To order and supervise repairs and act as project manager for small maintenance contracts and improvement schemes, ensuring best value for money is received
  • To assist the Headteacher to prepare documentation for tenders of projects.
  • To develop appropriate monitoring procedures to ensure that the school site is kept clean, safe and in a good state of repair and stocked with all necessary supplies.
  • To carry out regular checks and inspections of the premises, equipment and grounds keeping accurate manual records where appropriate.
  • To monitor work requests on the premises ensuring that day to day maintenance tasks and requests for minor works are undertaken as expediently as possible and actions recorded in a timely manner.
  • To instruct and supervise the gardening contractor ensuring the school grounds are maintained to a high standard.
  • To ensure that the premises team works efficiently and effectively so that the site is maintained to a high standard.

To be responsible for the security of the premises.

  • To ensure that at the end of the day all doors, windows and gates are locked, gas and electrical appliances are turned off and all security alarms are set and working correctly
  • To check weekly all perimeter fences, security devices, fire appliances and alarms.
  • To ensure that the fire call points, intruder alarms and emergency lighting are tested weekly and results recorded.
  • To monitor, report and advise the Headteacher on all security matters.
  • To be aware of all 'out of hours' activities at the school and arrange for the opening, closing, heating, floodlighting and availability of equipment as necessary for the smooth operation of both school functions and outside lettings.
  • To act as a key holder for the school.

General Site Duties

  • To arrange for setting and monitoring the school heating and hot water systems.
  • To take energy readings on a monthly basis.
  • To ensure that halls and other meeting rooms are set out as required for meetings, assemblies and other events and cleared away afterwards.
  • To ensure that all tools and cleaning products are stored correctly and are not accessible by pupils and that hygiene standards and regulations are met.
  • To be responsible for moving deliveries and internal furniture as required in order that school activities can proceed and that the entrance of the school is always clear and welcoming.
  • To ensure that orders received into school are delivered to the appropriate area / person.
  • To ensure that routine maintenance service checks on all serviceable equipment are carried out i.e. boilers, air conditioning units, fire-fighting equipment, lightning conductors etc. and results recorded.
  • To ensure light bulbs, fluorescent tubes and starter switches, etc are changed as necessary and fittings and shades are cleaned regularly.
  • To maintain stage, lights and props for school events.
  • To ensure that all projector filters are cleaned as appropriate.
  • To monitor and report IT issues as necessary in relation to whiteboards, computers and projectors and to carry out minor repairs as necessary i.e. changing projector bulbs
  • To ensure the school carries out PAT testing and keep accurate records.
  • To ensure all indoor/outdoor plants are adequately watered during school closure periods
  • To ensure that milk is put into fridges and fridges /cupboards are cleaned out at the end of each term.
  • To collect and dispose of all waste, refuse and surplus materials.
  • To clear up bodily fluids after accidents adhering to health & safety procedures.
  • To organise for deep cleans to be performed in the summer holidays.
  • To carry out emergency cleaning if required.

Health and Safety

  • To ensure that all working practices for the Premises Team comply with current legislation.
  • To provide safe access to the school in the event of snow, ice or flooding.
  • To have knowledge of the location of all water and gas stop cocks and mains electricity power breakers, etc.
  • All duties to be carried out in compliance with the Health & Safety at work Act, Nationally and locally agreed Codes of Practice which are relevant and the School's Health & Safety Policy and Procedures.
  • To ensure mechanical equipment is inspected prior to each use
  • To ensure power tools are inspected before use and are PAT tested as required
  • To assist the Headteacher with obtaining tenders and quotes
  • To carry out regular H&S inspections and Risk Assessments and attend the Health and Safety Meetings and to write quarterly reports.


  • To maintain the school's equipment and plant inventory.
  • To place orders, via the office, for items of housekeeping ensuring stock levels are maintained.
  • To maintain a log of all inspections and checks carried out and to store certificates.
  • To establish and maintain a list of repairs / improvements.
  • To establish and maintain an audit of all tools and equipment, their state of repair and where they are kept.

To carry out other duties of a similar nature from time to time as may be required by the Senior Leadership Team.
Other Aspects of the role

  • To take safeguarding seriously and be observant and follow the schools safeguarding policy
  • To maintain pupil and family confidentiality
  • To attend regular meetings and training as required

Caretaker - Personal Specification
Desirable Criteria
· COSH training
· Safeguarding & Prevent Training
· Fire Extinguisher Training
· Working at heights
· Any other relevant training
Knowledge and Understanding
· Understanding of safeguarding and child protection procedures.
· An understanding of effective monitoring, evaluation and assessment.
· Relevant school experience.
Skills and Attributes
Essential Critirea
· Well-developed interpersonal skills - the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
· DIY skills
· Helpful, positive, calm and caring nature.
· Able to plan, organise and prioritise.
· Able to record and manage premises and safety data.
· The ability to create a clean and safe learning environment.
· Adaptable and resourceful to meet new challenges - have a flexible and positive approach to challenge and change.
· Excellent speaking and listening skills.
· The ability to enthusiastically and loyally promote the school's vision through behaviour, words and actions.
· The ability to make decisions, in consultation with the Headteacher SENDco, senior leadership team, staff, parents and the wider community as appropriate.
· The ability to be proactive.
· Competent in the use of ICT.
Job Type: Temp - Perm


  • English (spoken & written required)
Blue Arrow
23/08/2018 09:00:00
GBP 8.50 8.50.