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Maintenance Team Member

Royal Alexandra and Albert SchoolSurrey

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School is based in 260 acres of Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey centring around Gatton Hall. The school has approximately 1150 pupils of which over 500 are full time boarders with 650 flexi boarders / 6th form day pupils. The school includes both a junior school (years 3 to 6) and senior school. 

In addition to the extensive grounds the school consists of over 250,000 sq. ft. of floor space in 25 main buildings (plus ancillary) and 64 staff residential units. The school has recently completed a major ground source heat pump project and has an aspiration to further develop its environmental credentials. 

The Foundation funds the maintenance of most of the buildings and takes immense pride in its support for over 100 Foundationers to this day. 

The school is expanding the Maintenance Team by up to five members (two members and three assistants) as it continues to enhance this valued environment. A driver for this expansion is the team undertaking some refurbishment projects in-house. This will be at the same time as progressing planned and reactive maintenance and managing a considerable number of external contractors and specialists. 

The successful candidate should have:

• An ability to be organised, being part of a team that manage circa 300 reactive maintenance tickets per month. 

• Basic computer literacy to be able to receive, understand and complete projects using the school’s ticket and compliance software. 

• Understanding of the value of preventative maintenance in terms of maintaining the running of the school and preventing unnecessary expenditure. 

• Good communication skills, including being able to reassure and support staff facing difficult challenges.

• The ability to ensure that external contractors are well organised, efficient, and delivering to a high standard. 

• Flexibility in approach and undertake all duties that may fall within the range as directed by Maintenance Team Leaders.

• A can-do attitude, enjoying being part of a diverse and committed team in a role offering variety and support. 

• A relevant professional qualification, or strong, demonstrable experience in plumbing, electrics, construction, facilities or property management.

• A good understanding of Health and Safety in either an education, maintenance, or construction environment.

• An ambition to help create a best-in-class Maintenance Team.

• The ability to be calm under pressure.

• The ability to be a team player, but self-motivated when undertaking tasks alone. 

The Maintenance Team operates an ‘On-call’ out of hours rota for additional remuneration which there may be an opportunity to join. Gatton Trust’s Spring Fair and the school’s Founders Day are both compulsory workdays. Both dates are in the Spring Term. The last week of the school’s summer holiday is compulsory to work.

To apply for this role, please complete an application form along with a covering letter or supporting statement by clicking the apply now button.

Closing date: Monday 6 December 9am

The Royal Alexandra and Albert 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 an Enhanced DBS check. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

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