School Caretaker – Facilities, Maintenance, Trades

Maidenhead, Berkshire
£22,000 - £25,000 + Benefits
20 Nov 2020
02 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

We are currently recruiting for a School Caretaker to join us on a full-time basis. The Caretaker has a critical operational role in the efficient functioning of the school and is a year-round job i.e. it is not term-time only, so this involves working as normal in the school holidays.

Role Info:

School Caretaker / Handy Person
£22,000 – £24,000 (£25,000 after Probation for the right candidate) + Pension Contribution + Free Cooked Meal Every School Day + Hot Drinks Provided Free of Charge, All Year
Hours 8am to 4pm (8 hours per day)

Who we are:

Highfield Prep is a lovely school with high standards. We are looking for someone who is self-motivated to work hard and take real pride in keeping the school in excellent condition.

The Caretaker Role:

The Caretaker has a critical operational role in the efficient functioning of the school. In consultation with the Bursar and Headteacher the Caretaker offers an efficient and effective household service to the staff at Highfield Prep School. The Caretaker identifies with the Highfield ethos and understands the importance of organisational and household excellence and how it underpins and supports the proposition of an excellent Highfield education. The following list of duties is not exhaustive and additional duties may become necessary.

The role involves general maintenance, sweeping and light cleaning to keep the school and grounds looking smart. In addition, there are the normal caretaking duties that usually take place in a busy school.

About You:

Ideally you will have experience of working as a Caretaker within a school setting together with experience of opening/locking up premises, although this is not essential.

Experience, Skills and Knowledge:


+ Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, Carpentry, Painting & Decorating basics.
+ Working as part of a team
+ Maintain site security
+ Key holder on alarm call-out list
+ Ability to undertake general maintenance & repairs
+ Good level of fitness to be able to undertake labouring aspects of duties e.g. porterage moving bins, sweeping playgrounds, gardening
+ Cleaning not covered by Contractors
+ Painting and decorating
+ Developing & maintaining effective working systems and procedures
+ Good interpersonal skills
+ Planning, organising, ability to meet deadlines
+ Clear, accurate verbal & written communication
+ Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
+ IT skills – working knowledge of email and ability to search for & access web-based information
+ Able to complete online training courses.


+ Experience of school work
+ Setting alarms
+ Opening & Locking of premises

The successful candidate will have to undergo an enhanced DBS check to satisfy legal requirements regarding working on a site with children present.

Included in the role are 6 per year out-of-hours attendances/call-outs for evening events, alarm activations etc. Events beyond 6 occurrences are taken as TOIL or paid as overtime if TOIL is not possible.

What we offer in return:

+ 28 days holiday per year plus Bank Holidays and days between Christmas and New Year when the school shuts down
+ Pension Contribution
+ Free Cooked Meal Every School Day
+ Hot Drinks Provided Free of Charge, All Year

Your Experience / Background / Previous Roles May Include:
Caretaking, Facilities Work, Trades, School, College, University, Retail/Services companies or self-employed trades looking for employment, Handyman, Handy Person,.

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