Groundsperson, Sonning-on-Thames

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Reading Blue Coat SchoolSonning-on-Thames

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent

Founded in 1646, Reading Blue Coat School is a leading independent day school of 490 boys aged 11 – 16, with a further 270 students in the co-educational Sixth Form. Set in a beautiful country estate of 46 acres of pristine sport fields, grounds and woodlands overlooking the River Thames in the village of Sonning, just outside Reading, we provide a wonderful working and studying environment.

The School employs over 170 staff and offers a stimulating, friendly and supportive environment in which each pupil can realise his or her full intellectual, physical and creative potential.

We have an opportunity for a Groundsperson to join our small and highly motivated Grounds team. Reporting to the Grounds Manager, your main focus will be the upkeep of a multiplicity of grass sports pitches, mainly used for rugby (autumn), football (spring) and cricket (summer). Working as part of the team, you will also assist in ensuring the estate grounds, gardens, woodlands and amenity areas are maintained to the highest standards.

Candidates should be accomplished in sports pitch preparation; be proactive; work with good attention to detail and a high level of enthusiasm. You will be competent in the operation of a wide range of light machinery.

It is desirable that candidates hold a NVQ Level 2 Sports Turf qualification (or equivalent), although do not let that deter you if you do not have that as practical experience is equally valued.

We offer an excellent pay and benefits package, including 33 days holiday (plus additional discretionary days leave); pension scheme with 8% employer contribution; free meals and refreshments on duty; free leisure facilities; and a wide range of other employment benefits.

Working hours are Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:30, and some Saturday mornings on a one in three rota to support sports fixtures.

Further details and an application form can be downloaded from our website: or contact the Human Resources Manager on 0118 933 5813 or email

Closing date for applications: 9am Monday 16 September 2019

Interviews will be held during the week of 23 September 2019

Applications must be submitted by email with a letter of application and including your CV or School application form to

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service enhanced check.

More about Reading Blue Coat School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Holme Park, Sonning-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6SU, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 118 9441005
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