Vacancy: Caretaker

The Mead Primary School (both Hilperton and Wingfield sites)
Job reference
Closing date
9.00am on 30 March 2023
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
17 April 2023, or as soon as possible after appointment
Contract type
Grade D / E (£10.81 / £11.39 per hour) depending on experience
7.00am - 12.30pm Monday to Friday, 44 weeks a year initially. There is a possibility of increased hours / working weeks from September 2023 for the right candidate.
Hackett Place, Hilperton BA14 7GN and Church Lane, Wingfield BA 14 9LW
Role overview
We have a vacancy at The Mead Primary School for a Caretaker. The school is split between two sites, and this role is critical to the smooth running of both of them. It will involve:
• Undertaking routine maintenance and refurbishment of the school premises, fixtures and fittings
• Acting as a joint key holder for the school, ensuring security at all times, including the operation of the alarms
• Opening buildings and preparing rooms for lettings or school events
• Collecting and disposing of all rubbish and ensuring the school buildings and grounds are free of litter and graffiti
• In winter especially, ensuring that access roads, pavements, steps and playgrounds are safe to use at all times
• Maintaining the security of the grounds maintenance machinery, tools equipment and stock, including carrying out basic maintenance of equipment and liaising with school management on major problems
• Undertaking efficient operation of the heating system, ensuring it’s in good working order
• Ensuring adequate stocks of tools, equipment and materials necessary for the upkeep of the school premises and reporting requirements for additional stocks to school management
• Maintaining school grounds including sweeping, weeding and trimming hedges
• Cleaning when necessary, including window cleaning, scrubbing / hosing down paved areas, and cleaning walls
• Assisting with occasional gardening duties
• Emptying external bins and disposing of rubbish

It is essential for the successful candidate to have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle as the role will include transportation of lunches between our Hilperton and Wingfield sites.

As this is a key holder position, with responsibility for such important areas of the school, you will need to be a conscientious person who takes the role seriously. You will also need to be:
• Inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Dedicated to supporting our staff and children with an environment that encourages inspirational learning for all
• Happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative
• Thoughtful, diligent and reliable

How to apply
Please refer to the candidate brief for details on how to apply for this role.
Other information
We warmly welcome visits to our schools - if you would like to visit us please email so that we can arrange this.

What we offer

We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance whenever they need it
  • Generous employer contributions to the Local Authority Pension Scheme

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >
Equality & Diversity Form >

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed. 

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’.  These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

Child Protection Policy >
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