The Wenlock School
Salary: £22,000 - £26,000 dependent on experience
As part of our continued growth, we now have a fantastic opportunity for a Facilities Coordinator to join our close-knit team at The Wenlock School. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and re-engage our young people, we would like to hear from you. The successful candidate will be responsible for the maintenance and health and safety across our site.
About the School
The Wenlock School opened in September 2018. We are a co-educational day school catering for pupils aged 7-18 with a range of needs including a range of social, emotional and mental health needs and also pupils who have been diagnosed with autism or demonstrate behaviours associated with autism. You will contribute to making Wenlock School an Outstanding provision and a leading light for our young people and their families. We provide a therapeutic, supportive and inclusive learning environment and are committed to raising achievement and enabling pupils to recognise their potential and supporting them through a personalised, engaging curriculum. Our priority is to develop the foundation knowledge and skills required to make a manageable and smooth transition to the next life stage.
About the Group
We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group and can promise you plenty of challenges and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.
Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of the young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for a Facilities Coordinator who has a suitable qualification (or provide evidence of experience) of one of the following trades - carpentry, plumbing, decorating. Someone who is ICT literate for updating systems, able to priorities tasks anticipate and reduce risk where possible and an effective communicator. Ideally, someone who is IOSH trained, has a current first aid certificate and experience of COOSH, PAT testing, asbestos awareness and working at heights but this is not essential.
The ideal candidate will have a strong ability to solve problems independently, have high expectations and standards who will lead our facilities department, deliver training and ensuring our practice remains outstanding at all times. There will need to be a high degree of accuracy working in accordance with the health and safety policies and procedures of the group.
The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour, whilst being resilient and innovative. Previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent support skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are also just as important.
The ability to contribute to the development of our new school is essential and we believe that energy, passion and a commitment to high standards are key characteristics required. We are looking for a special individual who is able to help inspire and engage the young people that we serve. This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their skills and experience in a challenging, motivating and highly rewarding environment.
- Undertake general and emergency repairs and maintenance around the establishment, inside and out, including plastering, basic joinery, decorating, repairs to fixtures and fittings, furnishings and buildings, to ensure the site is a safe and well maintained environment for pupils, employees and visitors;
- To maintain school transport and carry out transport duties including mini buss runs as required by the sites;
- Ensuring garden and surrounding areas, including pathways, hedging, trees, car parking and external play areas are well maintained;
- Move heavy and awkward shaped furniture and supplies as requested;
- Maintain security of the site, i.e. opening and closing the premises in line with agreed opening and closing procedures;
- Undertake required statutory Health & Safety including water checks (legionnaire testing), change and monitor gas bottles, oil supplies on various sites, ladder checks, and equipment condition checks;
- Carry out a daily walk of the site, report to the SLT of any significant issues;
- To ensure that all equipment and materials are used in accordance with Health & Safety guidelines;
- To arrange resourcing for the site.
- Knowledge of Health & Safety and how to apply it in the workplace including carrying out checks and maintaining log books;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, to gain credibility and respect from people at all levels and maintain a positive relationship with all customers;
- Adaptability and flexibility - can handle multiple priorities;
- High degree of accuracy, attention to detail and organisational skills;
- Ability to deal with difficult and multiple tasks at any one time and prioritise work to meet demanding timescales;
- Team orientated yet also able to work autonomously;
- Full driving license;
- Competent in the use of ICT skills.
- Understanding of pupils with SEN
- Health & Safety qualification
- Experience of taking responsibility of security of a building
This position is due to commence as soon as possible (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).
Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.