Job Title:                   Caretaker

Grade:                        £17,362 per annum (FTE)

 Hours:                         37 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, permanent

Essential Criteria: Must live within 20 minutes of the Launceston College Site in order to be able to to respond to alarm call outs


To undertake general maintenance of the buildings, facilities and grounds and to assist in maintaining the security of the school buildings. To make sure the facilities are available for hire outside of normal school hours.

The caretaker/grounds person carries out Estate maintenance, grounds works & preparation of sports surfaces. This will be primarily based at Launceston College but may involve some work at any of the Launceston College Multi Academy Trust sites. The School reserves the right to transfer between the sites.


  •  To act as joint key holder for the site, ensuring security at all times including the operation of alarms.
  • To report any major defects in building, equipment and security systems observed in the course of duties and to liaise with the Site Supervisor.
  • To undertake maintenance and painting of premises, fixtures and fittings as necessary in a timely manner.
  • To assist with the day to day needs of the school working closely with the Principal/Assistant Principal to deliver set ups for lessons, assemblies, etc.
  • To assist in the collection and disposal of all refuse and ensure the school buildings and grounds are free from graffiti. To ensure, in winter especially, that access roads, pavements, steps and playgrounds are safe for use at all times.
  • To undertake emergency cleaning of drains and toilets.
  • To undertake the efficient operation of the heating system ensuring it’s good working order.
  • To record and monitor gas/electricity/water (as applicable) meter readings/returns as required by the Authority.
  • To take deliveries of stores, materials and other goods and to undertake porterage duties as required.
  • To maintain records and complete paperwork as required.
  • To drive the school minibus as directed.
  • To assist in the general maintenance/upkeep of the college minibuses.
  • To assist with building works, repair or rebuild stone walls, erect studwork, partition’s and board.
  • Pressure washing.
  • Grass cutting, pitch marking.
  • Pesticide spraying.
  • Servicing of grounds equipment, mowers, hedge trimmers, chainsaws etc.
  • Cleaning of gutters or flat roofs.
  • Repair and renewal of fencing.
  • Low liming of trees and hedges.
  • To participate in evacuation processes as agreed and in accordance with the school’s recognised Evacuation Procedure.
  • To be available to open/secure the building for pre-arranged lettings on a rotational basis outside of normal school hours, either as part of normal working hours or on a casual overtime basis.
  • To be aware of and adhere to applicable rules, regulations, legislation and procedures e.g. County Council (Equal Opportunities Policy/Code of Conduct) and national legislation (Health and Safety, Data Protection).
  • To maintain confidentiality of information acquired in the course of undertaking duties for the School.
  • To be responsible for your own continuing self-development, undertaking training as appropriate.
  • There is no guaranteed overtime (we respond to emergencies as and when they happen).
  • Permanent contract offered subject to six-month probationary period being carried out satisfactorily.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is provided and is to be worn appropriately (boots, hat overalls etc.)
  • Training provided for anything we ask you to do unless you provide a current valid certificate.
  • The job is predominantly based on one site but you will also be required to work across the MAT on occasions if needed.
  • To undertake other duties appropriate to the grading of the post as required.


The post holder may be reasonably required to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The particular duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the character of the duties or the level of the responsibility entailed.


Essential Desirable
Qualifications NVQ qualification or good knowledge and demonstrable experience of general maintenance and painting skills


Full Clean Driving Licence (to include

towing a trailer)

Qualification or good level of experience in building or carpentry


Chemical Spraying licence


Chainsaw qualification/experience


D1 entitlement on driving licence


Experience Good knowledge and demonstrable experience of general maintenance and painting skills


Good knowledge and demonstrable

experience of all Groundsman ship




Good Knowledge of maintaining  grounds and sports pitches


Experience of commercial heating systems and controls


Experience of Safeguarding

Knowledge And


Health & Safety regulations


Safe working practices within the School environment


Ability to understand the need to be a flexible team member (i.e. fitting into staffing rota if required)

Knowledge of how own job fits into the

activity and role of Launceston College MAT


Child Protection responsibilities (Safeguarding)

Skills Able to work unsupervised


Good communication skills

High level of experience in building and carpentry


General understanding of plumbing and heating



Honest and trustworthy

Friendly and helpful


Able to work as a team member or independently


Able to follow work routines and



Attention to detail


Awareness of the responsibilities of

working in an environment with young



Ability to prioritise and organise work




If you would like to apply, please download an application form from the Staff Vacancies page on our website: or phone us to arrange for an application form to be sent to you on 01566 772468.

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th January, 2020 9am

Interview date: TBC


Launceston College Multi-Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will therefore be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check along with other pre-employment checks.