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Head Caretaker

Surbiton High SchoolKingston upon Thames

Head Caretaker

Location: Surbiton, Surrey

Salary: Competitive (from £30,648 per annum)

Start Date: As soon as possible

We are holding interviews on an ad hoc basis, so please submit your application early

Final closing deadline : 5 January 2022

Surbiton High School seeks an enthusiastic and outstanding candidate to join our caretaking team.


Job Purpose: The Head Caretaker will be responsible for the caretaking team and, in addition, will provide caretaking and maintenance services to all buildings and grounds forming the school site, assisting to ensure a safe and secure environment

Tenure: Full time, Permanent 37.5 Hours per week (flexibility required on hours of work)

Key Responsibilities which should include, but not be limited to:



  • To demonstrate and role model constructive leadership behaviours including:
    • Providing encouragement, support and assistance to colleagues at all levels.   
    • Managing the performance of all caretaking staff in line with current legislation and United Learning policy and procedure   
    • Being aware of and able to positively influence staff morale         
  • To ensure that the Facilities Manager is kept informed of the status of school events, external lets and outstanding jobs and is immediately informed of problems / issues so they can be escalated where necessary   
  • To ensure that caretaking requests are well monitored and reflect the current status of outstanding work   
  • To ensure relevant records are kept (including, but not limited to fire procedures and arrangements, training records, certificates for the installation and maintenance of equipment)   
  • To carry out regular checks, walking the site on a weekly basis. Regular checks to include:
    • Ensuring that fire escape routes and fire exit doors are kept unobstructed and that fire doors operate correctly   
    • Ensuring signs and notices are in place   
    • Ensuring emergency lighting is in place   
    • Ensuring call point testing of the fire systems at each site takes place weekly at 11am   
    • Ensuring records are kept in hard copy logbooks which are located adjacent to the fire control panels in each site         
  • To delegate and complete all tasks to meet daily/weekly schedules and satisfy schools’ needs    
  • To manage relationships with contractors and service providers    
  • To uphold a caretaking rolling programme in consultation with the Facilities Manager In liaison with the Facilities Manager, create an annual estimate of expenditure relating to Caretaking needs   
  • To monitor equipment inventory and place orders when necessary    
  • To identify H&S training needs and co-ordinate as necessary in consultation with the Facilities Manager   
  • To perform administrative tasks within the Caretaking team as required    
  • Where necessary, to deputise for the Facilities Manager in times of absence   
  • To manage requirements for external lets and coordinate bookings

Please see job description (Attached) for the full list of responsibilities

The successful candidate will be likely to fit the following profile:

 Personal Qualities


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills    
  • High levels of personal and professional integrity and the ability to exercise discretion and confidentiality   
  • Initiative   
  • Ability to work as part of a team   
  • Ability to work alone   
  • Reliability and integrity   
  • Ability to take responsibility   
  • Flexibility and adaptability



  • A team player with leadership qualities   
  • A reflective and flexible approach    
  • Organized and able to self-direct   
  • Positive, enthusiastic and energetic approach to life, with a can-do attitude   
  • Ability to think creatively and imaginatively   
  • Committed to the Surbiton High School’s ethos   
  • Committed to representing the  strategic vision for the School



  • Experience of managing people is essential    
  • Be able to carry out general repairs and maintenance to a high standard   
  • Be computer literate   
  • Have practical knowledge of vehicle and machinery maintenance   
  • Experience of driving a minibus preferable, with D1 or equivalent    
  • Possess a clean driving licence   
  • First Aid (training could be offered)

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following:

Closing date for applications: 8:00am, Monday 15 November 2021 

Interviews to be held week commencing: 22 November 2021 

For any queries relating to the role or your application, please email:

Surbiton High School is culturally diverse and are fully committed to celebrating, respecting and learning about inclusion and diversity throughout the community.

Surbiton High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.  

Please note that the School reserves the right to appoint at any stage during the recruitment process.

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