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Premises Apprentice

Ark Priory Primary AcademyEaling

Job title: Premises Apprentice 

Reporting to: Premises Manager 

Contract: Permanent 

Working Pattern: 36 hours a week. Standard hours are tbc

Salary: Ark Support Band 4, pay points 3 – 7 £22,607 - £24,278

Deadline to apply: noon on Tuesday 4th January 2022

Interview date: Monday 10th January 2022

Start Date: As soon as possible

Ofsted: Outstanding – all areas

Ark Priory Primary Academy is a two -form entry primary school that opened in September 2013. It was awarded outstanding status in 2015.  It is heavily oversubscribed and enjoys a strong reputation in the community. 

Joining Ark Priory Primary Academy is an exciting opportunity to work in an outstanding setting which offers lots of potential and opportunity to embark on a rewarding career path. We are a school that firmly believes in its values of explore, endeavour and excel, not just for our pupils but for our dedicated staff team. 

Are you:

 Looking for a new and exciting challenge?

 Excited by the prospect of helping to continue the development of an outstanding, innovative primary school?

 Desire the opportunity to work in supportive, positive and friendly team? 

 Keen to join a high performing and collaborative academy network with many opportunities for career progression?

Ark Priory has consistently exceeded national results in KS1 and EYFS assessments. Our phonics programme is a particular strength, with over 98% pass rates in the year 1 phonics screening for three years running. This is not, however, at the expense of a broad and rich curriculum. For example, the academy was a STEM partner school for the Enthuse award and is currently working towards the gold Artsmark for excellence in music, art and drama. We foster strong relationships with all our pupils and their families and provide opportunities not only to consolidate outstanding academic foundations but also to flourish as informed and well-rounded individuals. 

There are plenty of opportunities for career progression. We will also provide access to regular training and coaching, and an arena to share best practice regularly. 

If you are looking for an opportunity to contribute to our future success, we would love to hear from you. Please see our website to find out more.

Ark is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Job Description: 

The Role

As Premises Assistant, you will play an integral role in ensuring the Academy is a safe, inviting, and positive learning environment for students, staff and visitors. You will work to ensure the highest quality of site maintenance. 

You will support the management and operations of premises-related functions at the Academy including buildings and grounds maintenance, security, cleaning, health and safety, lettings of our facilities and contractors. 

Key Responsibilities

Health, Safety and Security

• Work with the Premises Manager to ensure compliance with Health and Safety legislation and guidance.

• Act as first aider and fire warden

• Work with the Premises Manager to ensure cover for all agreed Academy opening hours, which may include evening and weekend use.

• Work with the Premises Manager to ensure the general security of the buildings and grounds and ensure that the Academy is properly locked and alarmed when unoccupied.

• Assist with maintaining risk assessments and management plans ensuring that they are up to date and comply with any action plans to rectify any deficiencies identified.

• Follow fire safety and evacuation measures and ensure fire risk assessments are followed.

Maintenance & Cleaning

• Carry out simple repairs and general maintenance, carrying out works safely and to a high standard to help keep it in a good state of repair and appearance.

• Promptly identify and make safe any hazards on site, reporting these to the Premises Manager.

• Work with the Premises Manager in conducting routine inspections and keeping records using the building management system.

• To ensure that all plant and other equipment are available and working effectively during the opening hours of the Academy and adjusted as required for evening and weekend use.

• Promptly dispose of waste in accordance with legislation.

Portering & Setups

• Receive and process deliveries, taking them to the appropriate place within the Academy.

• Prepare rooms for lessons/meetings/events, setting out or putting away furniture as required and ensuring rooms are clean and presentable.


• Oversee lettings, ensuring that rooms are adequately set up and that the condition of the Academy premises is assessed before and after events, taking responsibility for the health and safety of the hirers whilst on the Academy premises.

• Undertake reception duties, answering the phone, greeting visitors, ensuring DBS requirements are adhered to when required. 


• Supporting the staffing of student entrance/exit points at the start and end of the school day.

• Liaise with colleagues and external contacts at all levels of seniority with confidence, tact and diplomacy.

• Actively promote the safety and welfare of our children and young people

• Undertake other responsibilities as reasonably directed by the Premises Manager or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 

Person Specification: 

All requirements below are essential unless otherwise indicated.


• GCSE at grade C or above (equivalent) Maths and English

• Motivated to undertake the Level 2 Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship and appropriate HSE training.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

• Experience in building maintenance, ideally within an educational setting. 

• Skills in basic decorating, plumbing and handyman tasks.

• Skills in electrical, carpentry/joinery and glazing tasks (desirable). 

• Knowledge of and experience of using Windows and MS Office.

• Knowledge of and experience of using a CAFM system (desirable).

• Experience in general administrative tasks.

• Experience in monitoring the work of others such as cleaners and contractors (desirable)

• Understanding and ability to apply regulations (e.g. HASAW, PUWER, LOLER etc.) (desirable)

• Able to meet the physical demands of the role including working at height and manual handling.


• Excellent interpersonal & communication skills, able to motivate and manage others effectively.

• Professional outlook, detailed-orientated and able to multitask and meet deadlines.

• A team player that can work collaboratively as well as using own initiative.

• Calm and professional under pressure

• Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and discretion

• Flexible attitude towards work and demonstrates sound judgement.

• A robust awareness of keeping children safe, noticing safeguarding and welfare concerns, and an understanding of how and when to take appropriate action. 


• Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every pupil 

• Commitment to the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

• Belief that every student should have access to an excellent education regardless of background.


• This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

• To undertake any other responsibilities as directed by your Line Manager or the Principal

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