School Caretaker

30 Sep
£25,000.00 per annum

We are seeking an experienced and reliable Caretaker to join our Facilities team in September 2022. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day security, safety, cleanliness and general maintenance of Rowan Preparatory School.

Job Description – School Caretaker

Reports to: The Facilities & IT Manager

Job Purpose:

  • To have responsibility for the following aspects of Rowan Preparatory School sites at Rowan Hill and Rowan Brae
  • The security of the buildings, in conjunction with the cleaning team
  • The overall good order of the premises and the grounds
  • Carrying out and recording Health and Safety checks
  • Routine material and equipment checks
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Porterage of school deliveries as required
  • To help the school use energy and water efficiently and minimise waste
  • Morning minibus driving to transport pupils to school from various local pick up locations, plus occasional driving to support the transport of pupils for the educational team

Key Tasks


  • To be a key holder, to check, lock and unlock the building as required
  • To liaise with alarm company and attend call outs as required
  • To ensure that all windows and doors are closed and that all school gates are closed when the building is not in use e.g. school holidays
  • To liaise with the Cleaning team regarding locking up during term time
  • To ensure that all items of significant value are security marked

Good order of buildings:

  • To ensure adequate maintenance and cleaning materials are ordered
  • To attend to maintenance, decorating and improvement tasks
  • To oversee contractor work for more substantial decorating and improvement work during the holidays

School Grounds:

  • To clear the outside grounds of any rubbish and ensure that the tidiness of the grounds is maintained
  • To liaise with ground maintenance contractors to ensure that contracts are fulfilled
  • Make any minor repairs to the outside school grounds including play equipment

Routine Equipment/Consumable Checks:

  • To ensure maintenance and cleaning equipment is working and is adequate and appropriate for needs
  • To check all lighting tubes and replace as required
  • To check stocks of consumables regularly e.g. black bags, toilet rolls and tissues
  • To order and replace air fresheners for toilets as required
  • To ensure central heating is working and alter timers/clocks as required
  • Check all internal clocks weekly and replace batteries as required

Minor Maintenance:

  • To attend to small maintenance tasks and minor repairs e.g. school furniture , fixtures and equipment
  • To ascertain the need for external repairers and liaise with contractors as required
  • To assemble self assembly furniture


  • To routinely move and check off small deliveries
  • To move larger deliveries e.g. furniture as required
  • To ensure that waste is collected and moved to collection points
  • To set up rooms for events and meetings as required e.g. putting out and away chairs and refreshments
  • To support the catering staff when possible with tables and chairs for lunch

Energy Efficiency:

  • To help reduce energy costs by highlighting possible waste and minimise consumption were possible
  • To develop systems for reducing waste and for recycling materials where possible

Health and Safety:

  • To support the Business Manager in ensuring the school meets Health and Safety requirements by carrying out checks and maintaining records including
  • Smoke/ fire alarms and detectors
  • Signage
  • Water system safety
  • To attend training on matters regarding Health and Safety


  • To carry out daily & weekly inspection of vehicles and set up termly checks with 3rd parties, also servicing & MOT when required
  • To ensure vehicles are clean & fuel levels are replenished
  • To drive the daily morning minibus to transport pupils to school, and when requested to support school operations
  • To provide practice sessions for staff volunteering to drive in preparation for their assessments

Person Specification

  • Experience of carrying out specialist building maintenance work, within the reasonable capacity of a normal handyperson
  • Ability to perform the physical tasks required by the post, including lifting, carrying and pushing various equipment to undertake the duties of the post.
  • An understanding of the main Health & Safety Regulations, including COSHH and risk assessment, and how they apply in a school environment
  • Experience of keeping inspection records
  • Ability to identify work priorities and manage own workload, whilst ensuring that lower priority work is kept up to date
  • Ability to act on own initiative, dealing with any unexpected problems that arise
  • Ability to demonstrate good inter-personal skills to communicate with a range of people
  • Ability to provide high quality supervision, training and support to Assistant Caretaker
  • Ability to work effectively and supportively as a member of the school
  • Holder of a full clean Driving Licence, ideally D1 or PCV, with experience of driving a Minibus or comparable vehicle
  • An understanding of and commitment to child welfare and safety

Rowan Preparatory School is an independent day school for girls aged 2 to 11.

  • Surrey
  • Full-time
  • 30 September 2022
  • £25,000.00 per annum

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Rowan Preparatory School

6 Fitzalan Road, Claygate, Esher, Surrey, KT10 0LX

01372 462627

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