Caretaker - Glebe Farm (all through school)

Inspiring Futures Through Learning, Milton Keynes, MK11 4BA

Deadline is tomorrow

  • Expected start date

    1 August 2022

  • Application deadline

    27 June 2022 at 12:00pm

  • Date listed

    15 June 2022

Job details

Working pattern

Contract type



NJC Scale Point D

Caretaker - Glebe Farm (all through school) job summary

Glebe Farm (all through school)

Start Date: 1st August 2022

Salary: NJC Scale Point D

Hours: 37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Glebe Farm School is part of the Inspiring Futures through Learning, Multi-Academy Trust, which comprises of fifteen schools. The Trust is committed to developing a family of schools whose purpose is to inspire the futures of us all through learning together.
We are embarking on the most exciting journey, opening an all-through school providing exceptional early years, primary and secondary education for children aged 4 – 16 years. Our doors will be open to pupils for the first time in September 2022 and we will become the 'beating heart' of our community.
We are looking for an experienced individual to join the team to assist with the maintenance and security of Glebe Farm School. This is an exciting role for someone looking for a new challenge. The successful candidate will play a crucial part in working with senior leaders in setting up the school in the final stages of its construction. The Caretaker will provide an on-site cleaning/caretaking service and undertake cleaning duties under the instructions/guidance of appropriate senior staff provide maintenance and security services on school sites and premises.

Aim and main purpose of the job (including but not limited to)
• To be responsible for the routine and non-routine (e.g., emergencies) opening and closing of the premises. To report trespass, theft or unauthorised parking of vehicles to the appropriate person
• To be responsible for the heating and lighting of the premises including necessary frost precautions. To report system failures to the appropriate person. To ensure the satisfactory maintenance/repair of equipment and that where necessary, adequate stocks of fuel are maintained
• Day to day assistance, supervision or monitoring of the cleaning/caretaking staff, including checking the quality of work carried out and that staff training ensures Health and Safety standards are met and maintained
• Undertake regular health and safety checks of buildings, grounds, fixtures and fittings, (including compliance with fire safety regulations) and equipment, in line with other schedules
• Undertake minor repairs to site, furniture and fittings (i.e., not requiring a craftsperson) and maintenance of the buildings and site
• Operate and regularly check systems such as heating, cooling, lighting and security (including CCTV and alarms).

The ideal candidate will:
• Have experience within a school (desirable but not essential)
• Have hands on experience of a wide range of maintenance/janitorial functions
• Adhere to school local and national authority’s guidelines on Health and Safety
• Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
• Be able to demonstrate competencies in:
• Be able to respond appropriately to deadlines and changing priorities
• Use initiative within the scope of work, prioritising and finding solutions appropriately
• Working interdependently making decisions within the scope of responsibility and being part of a team working to deadlines
• Managing risks with an awareness of obligations in relation to confidentiality, child protection (as based in schools) and health and safety.

Please see the job description for further details

The role will be primarily based at Glebe Farm School, Wavendon, Milton Keynes.

As part of the Inspiring Futures through Learning Multi Academy Trust, successful candidates will have full access to our staff benefits package, including a bespoke CPD package, enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave and Employee Assistance Programme. In addition, access to an Employee Benefits Scheme including discount on gym memberships, cinema tickets, retail discounts, cycle to work scheme and much more.
We would welcome you to have a conversation about this role. Please email the to arrange a phone call.

Closing date for applications: 27th June 2022
Interviews: Week commencing 4th July 2022

Inspiring Futures through Learning is committed to safer recruitment practice and pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. All vacancies are subject to enhanced DBS disclosures. We are an equal opportunities employer.

Applying for the job

To apply, please go onto the school website by using this link:

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Supporting documents

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About Inspiring Futures Through Learning

Trust type
Multi-academy trust

Purpose of role

The job holder will be responsible for assisting the Site Manager with the maintenance and security of Glebe Farm School, we are looking for someone who has the ability to provide an on-site cleaning/caretaking service and undertake cleaning duties under the instructions/guidance of appropriate senior staff providing maintenance and security services on school sites and premises. Your duties will be mainly based around looking after the site and you could be undertaking different duties depending on the level you're employed at.
Principal Accountabilities


• To manage stocks of caretaking equipment and tools
• To carry out all appropriate training and operate all machinery associated with the role safely, in line with operating instructions.
• To carry out maintenance and repairs as required including painting/decorating, fixing of equipment and furniture (including lockers), doors or flooring.
• To carry out cleaning duties as necessary, ensuring that the school is always clean and tidy.
• Maintain a high standard of cleanliness across all areas of the school
• Report defects/faults and where practical work to rectify them, if this is not possible or practical then communicate effectively with third parties
• Accepting deliveries and ensuring they are stored safely
• Repairing and maintaining equipment
• Communicating when additional stocks of cleaning materials are required
for general cleaning, lunchtime cleaning and outside works
• Giving clear guidance to cleaning staff about standards of cleanliness required
• Monitor that standards are maintained and take appropriate action, if necessary reporting to the Site Manager
• Being courteous, honest and practical
• Being reliable and practical
• Following and adhering to current Health, Safety and Welfare Legislation and associated legislation relating to hazardous substances
• Preparing rooms such as table, chair and stage set
• Complying with other duties and requirements as deemed required by the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Site Manager, or other nominated members of staff or the governing body.
• Keyholder of Glebe Farm School.
Health and Safety
• To be responsible for all aspects and responsibilities of health and safety at the
Glebe Farm, including:
o Ensuring that relevant legislation, procedures and best practice are continually observed by promoting and monitoring safe working behaviour within the school.
o Ensure the school is legally compliant with statutory inspections and maintenance, including but not limited to legionella, fire, PAT testing and other annual maintenance.
o Ensure all contractors are aware of and observe the school and Trust’s health and safety and safeguarding requirements.
o Assist in risk assessing large scale events and the higher risk subject activities, drawing upon best practice and HSE guidelines.
o Ensure appropriate COSHH records are maintained, and that regulated substances are being stored and used correctly.
o To undergo all necessary training as required, for example manual handling, working at heights, fire and health and safety training, and to cascade knowledge to others, as needed
o Inspecting the building, including heating, cooling, lightning and alarm systems to make sure they are in good working order.
Property, Grounds and the Environment
• To ensure the highest standards of general maintenance and cleaning of the school are maintained via the Site Team and the contract cleaners
• To support the school with driving change in respect of environmental matters, including recycling, monitoring water and energy consumption, advising on efficiency.


• To establish appropriate systems and working practices and ensure compliance with all relevant statutory regulations and recognised best practice.
• To carry out any estate/grounds/property/facilities related tasks as requested noting that the job description is not exhaustive and will continuously evolve to meet the needs of the school.
• To carry out any other reasonable duties as requested by your line manager or the Headteacher. The school reserves the right to change this job description.
Any other tasks as directed by the Line Manager which fall within the remit of the post.

Review of Performance

Performance Management reviews will focus on the post holders’ responsibilities. There is recognition that however good we are at our jobs; we should embrace the notion of ‘continuous improvement’.

Code of Conduct

Glebe Farm expects all staff to ensure that their standards of conduct are, always, compliant with the IFtL Code of Conduct.
Generic Responsibilities of all Glebe School Staff
• To work consistently to uphold School’s belief that no child is born to fail.
• To exemplify and uphold the school and Trust’s vision, values and ethos at all times particularly with regards to children’s wellbeing and emotional development.
• To follow all school policies
• To work in a co-operative and polite manner with all stakeholders.
• To work with children in a courteous, positive, caring, and responsible manner always.
• To follow the child protection procedures. To ensure that children’s safety and wellbeing is never compromised
• Demonstrate a keen interest and involvement in all aspects of school life
• To be polite, cooperative, and positive when communicating to other staff.
• To take an active and positive role in the school’s commitment to the development of staff, and their annual review procedures.
• To work with visitors to the school in such a way that it enhances the reputation of the school.
• To seek to improve the quality of the school’s service.
• To present oneself in a professional way that is consistent with the values and
expectations of the school.

Inspiring Futures Through Learning is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All employees are expected to share this commitment, to follow the Trust’s safeguarding policies and procedures and to behave appropriately towards children at all times, both in work and in their personal lives.
All school-based posts are defined as Regulated Activity and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced with Barred List Criminal Records Bureau check.

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