Caretaker/ Site Manager - Holywell School
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32.5 - 35 hours per week
Schools - Support
Holywell Village First School
Holywell Village First School is a small, inclusive school set in a semi-rural location, in the
small village of Holywell in South East Northumberland. Our site is surrounded by rolling
farmland and is close to natural amenities such as Holywell Dene and Holywell Pond. We
are extremely lucky to have beautiful school grounds and are constantly seeking ways in
which to improve them. We have lovely children and a dedicated, hardworking team of staff,
governors and parents. Further information about the school can be found on our website.
Our governors are looking to employ and appoint an experienced and highly motivated
Caretaker/Site Manager to manage the security, safety and cleanliness of our unique school
building. The successful candidate will join our team from 01 July 2021 or as soon as
possible after this date.
Duties and key result areas include, but are not restricted to:
• monitoring the cleanliness of the property, ensuring that the building specification and
standards are achieved.
• undertaking cleaning related tasks as allocated.
• ensuring that the security of the property is properly maintained so that users have access
at the appropriate times and that an appropriate response is made in the event of a property
• operating and maintaining all ancillary plant and equipment as appropriate.
• ensuring that all ventilation, access and exit points operate effectively and that fire-fighting
appliances are readily accessible and properly maintained.
• ensuring that the heating and associated systems are operated and maintained in the
approved manner, advising on conservation measures and taking all necessary precautions
against cold weather damage.
• ensuring that the external areas of the property are kept free of litter and debris, litter and
rubbish bins are emptied regularly and main access routes are kept clear of leaves, snow
and ice as necessary.
• ensuring that staff adopt safe working practices in all aspects of work, including
undertaking risk assessments where necessary and reacting accordingly.
• undertaking a range of general porterage tasks that ensure the efficient movement of
goods, equipment, furniture and other items around the property.
• ensuring that adequate stock levels of appropriate supplies are maintained, supplies are
distributed as necessary and that corporate procedures are observed; Working with School
Manager to ensure cleaning and maintenance budgets are adhered to and wherever
possible costs are reduced.
• other duties appropriate to the nature, level and grade of the post.
The successful candidate will be required to supervise the work of a small team of staff,
delegate work appropriately, provide clear guidance and motivate staff to achieve service
objectives and quality standards.
The successful candidate must:
• have literacy skills and numeracy skills sufficient to undertake work related tasks;
• have strength, dexterity and co-ordination to use a range of cleaning tools and equipment;
• demonstrate their ability to plan and organise staff and resources, including effective use of
their own time;
• be resourceful and work with initiative and without constant supervision;
• be reliable and keep good time;
• adapt to change by adopting a flexible and cooperative attitude;
• demonstrate integrity and uphold the school’s values and principles.
Relevant experience in a caretaking environment is desirable and the ability to demonstrate
maintenance and DIY skills would be a considerable advantage.
32.5 to 35 hpw, initially to start on 32.5 hours
Hours of work daily (term time):
07.30 to 9.10am, 11.15 to 1.10pm and 2.45pm to 5.40pm
Hours of work daily (holiday time):
8am to 12 noon, 1.30pm to 4pm
We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and
young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced Disclosure and
Barring Service (DBS) disclosure is required for this post.
Informal discussions or visits to the school prior to interview are encouraged. Please contact
Mrs Reed, School Manager, to arrange a visit. Tel: 0191 237 0384
Application forms can be downloaded from this website and are available electronically from
the school by telephoning the school office.
Completed applications should be returned directly to the school either by post to:
Mrs E Reed, School Manager, Holywell Village First School, Northumberland NE25 0LN or
by email to:
Closing date for applications is noon on 10th May 2021.
Interviews will take place as soon as possible after this date, ideally within week
commencing 17th May 2021. Interviews will consist of questions from School Management
and Leadership team along with governors and an observational site walk.
Second interviews (if necessary) will be scheduled to take place within week commencing
24h May 2021, with the successful candidate being notified by 28th May 2021.
Post commencement will be 1st July 2021 to include a handover and training period with the
current Site Manager.