School Caretaker and Grounds Officer

Forestdale Primary School

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School Caretaker and Grounds Officer

Forestdale is a successful and popular two form entry primary school located in a residential area of South Croydon, with superb outside facilities and good transport links nearby.   Forestdale has a reputation for high standards and a sense of community.  We are looking for a considerate, versatile, hard working, enthusiastic and reliable person; who is self motivated and able to use their own initiative in order to carry out a range of duties which will ensure a safe, clean and stimulating environment for children, staff and parents.

You will be responsible for site security, daily opening of the site and occasional closing, undertaking repairs, maintenance work and improvements, identifying and responding to any health and safety issues, monitoring services, systems and implementing the school’s planned maintenance program, setting up for school events, cleaning, grounds maintenance and such other duties that may arise from use of the premises.  The post also requires the ability to carry out a range of administrative tasks, including stocking, ordering and supervision of contract cleaners.  As a Key Holder you will be an emergency contact for the school (being on call as part of the job).  Occasional weekend or evening work, overseeing lettings or contractors, usually with notice.

We would love to hear from you if you:

·         Are an experienced caretaker
·         Have competent basic DIY skills
·         Are knowledgeable regarding premises maintenance and Health & Safety
·         Are familiar with using basic IT applications including email, excel, word and the Internet
·         Are a good communicator, both verbally and in writing
·         Willing to undertake further training
·         Have read the job description and person specification and feel you are well suited to this role.


The annual leave year extends from 1st April – 31st March. (Holidays to be agreed in advance with the Head Teacher)

Visits to the school are encouraged; please contact the school to arrange a suitable appointment.  (Please note that the school will be closed for the Easter Holidays 8th – 23rd April)

Application information can be downloaded from the school’s website

Start date:                                          As soon as possible

Closing/Short-listing:                         12 noon, Wednesday 1st May 2019

Interview date:                                   Tuesday 7th May 2019


Completed application forms and accompanying person specification should be returned to the School Business Manager, Mrs S Gardner, by post or email,

Forestdale is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All applicants will be subject to a full Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.  The school is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Any offer of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, employment and health checks and valid qualifications.   Our Privacy Notice for job applicants is available to view on our school website.

You have 9 day(s) until the application deadline.