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  • Start date details


  • Closing date

    29 February 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    6 February 2024

Job details

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Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£24,702.00 - £26,873.00 Annually (Actual) Salary dependent on experience

Caretaker job summary

Main purpose of the role

Supporting the school’s estate maintenance and compliance with health and safety standards.

Provide access, maintenance, conditions work, security and cleaning services on the school site and premises under the instruction/guidance of the Site Supervisor

Key Tasks:


  • Lock/unlock school buildings and areas

  • Undertake regular security checks and identify security risks

  • Monitor fire safety equipment and carry out fire drills

  • Operate and respond to alarm systems where appropriate, outside of any specialist monitoring brief

  • Monitor CCTV or surveillance equipment where appropriate

  • Liaise with police, security and surveillance contractors

  • Undertake lettings and carry out associated clerical tasks

  • Provide emergency access to the school site

Cleaning and Maintenance

  • Undertake appropriate repairs e.g. redecorating and fixing

  • Undertake minor/simple repairs e.g. minor plumbing, changing light bulbs unblocking drains

  • To organise and carry out various maintenance duties to ensure that the general upkeep and maintenance of the premises is satisfactory, as per specific schedule for your school.

  • To organise and carry out minor decoration programme as agreed with the Site and Facilities Manager

  • To organise and carry out minor improvement work e.g. erecting shelves, notice boards, bookshelves etc. as agreed with the Site and Facilities Manager

  • To be responsible for the operation of a preventative planned maintenance programme and for routine inspections of the buildings, fixtures, fittings, furniture, premises and grounds to assess for minor work or repairs required to be carried out to maintain safe and satisfactory conditions

  • Operation and maintenance of heating plant and lighting systems

  • To oversee and monitor the electrical testing of portable electrical appliances and to maintain the appropriate records

  • Undertake regular site inspections and identify and record repair and maintenance requirements

  • Identify defects and record repair and maintenance requirements

  • Collect and assemble waste for removal

  • Undertake emergency & specialist cleaning tasks

  • Undertake cleaning duties such as graffiti removal, litter-picking

  • Undertake cleaning of toilets and staff areas

  • Co-ordinate work of cleaning staff

  • Provide emergency access to the school site

  • Coordinate deliveries to the school site

  • Monitor performance of contracts and record performance against specified standards

  • Liaise with contractors & undertake client role in connection with premises-related contracts

  • Ensure that satisfactory levels of caretaking, cleanliness and hygiene are achieved and maintained through the whole of the premises

  • Ensure that pathways and all other external hard surface areas are kept clean, free of litter and weeds and that they are gritted or salted when required during wintry conditions

  • Maintain specialist sports equipment after specialist training

Resource Management

  • To advise the Site and Facilities Manager on matters relating to energy control and conservation

  • Contribute to planning, development and organisation of systems/procedures/policies

  • Be responsible for maintaining records, information and data, producing analysis and reports as required

  • Create and maintain a purposeful, orderly and productive working environment

  • Ensure timely and accurate design, preparation and use of specialist equipment/resources/materials

  • To assist in safety audits of the premises and contribute to relevant risk assessment activity

  • Promote and ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff & visitors (in accordance with appropriate health & safety legislation) at all times

  • Ensure lights, windows and other equipment are switched off or closed as appropriate

  • Ensure all classrooms are audited and equipped at the start of each term


  • Demonstrate and assist in the safe and effective use of specialist equipment/materials

  • Provide specialist advice and guidance as required

  • Portering duties e.g. delivering mail, moving furniture and equipment

  • Assisting in management, administration and operation of lettings system

  • Monitor & manage stock within an agreed budget, cataloguing resources & undertaking audits as required

  • Direct/supervise cleaning and/or site staff and ensure cleaning is in accordance with specification

  • Where appropriate to organise and administer the use and maintenance of all school vehicles and to carry out driving duties when required by the school

  • Liaise with line manager & attend meetings as required

  • Respond to issues raised by staff through the ticketing system as instructed by the Site Supervisor / Site and Facilities Manager

  • Updating health and safety records as required


  • Comply with health and safety policies and procedures at all times

  • Promote and ensure the health and safety of pupils, staff & visitors at all times

  • Be aware of and comply with policies and procedures relating to child protection, health, safety and security and confidentiality, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school

  • Appreciate and support the role of other professionals

  • Attend and participate in relevant meetings as required

  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required

  • Ensure health and safety policies and procedures are complied with at all times

  • Treat all users of the school with courtesy and consideration

  • Present a positive personal image, contributing to a welcoming school environment which supports equal opportunities

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About Matthew Arnold School

School type
Academy, ages 11 to 18
Education phase
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School size
1314 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 18

Matthew Arnold is a popular and successful school on the edge of Oxford with an excellent local reputation. We are focussed on improving outcomes for every student and are committed to staff development to support this.

The school is part of the Acer Trust family of schools so there is opportunity to share expertise and experiences and enjoy professional development with more than one school. Our induction programmes give strong support to NQTs.

We offer defined-benefit public sector pension schemes (Teachers Pension, Local Government Pension Scheme), a 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme, good bus links, car and cycle parking.

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