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Caretaker - Full-time - Special Needs Position

The Ifield School, Gravesend

  • Ref:KCC886-7039-408S
  • Posted:26/05/2023
  • Pay:Kent Range 3/4 (£21,293-£22,493) dependant on exp
  • Start Date:As soon as possible
  • App Close Date:02/07/2023 at 09:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are looking to appoint a full-time Caretaker as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be responsible for working alongside our friendly and professional Site Team, assisting the Site Manager in the cleaning, maintenance and caretaking activities to ensure the safety, security and sound condition of the buildings, hydrotherapy pool, vehicle facilities and grounds. Applications from candidates that are qualified to drive a minibus would be an advantage.

The post holder will be expected to have experience in building maintenance and/or cleaning and skills in a number of disciplines. They will also need to be flexible and self-motivated, have good communication skills and a good understanding of the health and safety requirements of a large site. No two days are the same and this post offers the opportunity to work in a friendly, inclusive environment to make a positive contribution to our unique and outstanding school.

Previous experience of working in a school would be advantageous but is not essential.

This is a year round contract for 37 hours per week (full-time). Working hours will be finalised on appointment but are likely to be either 6.00am to 2.00pm or 10.00am to 6.00pm. The successful candidate will need to be flexible and also to switch shifts as required and there may also be a requirement to work evenings and weekends on an occasional basis. Overtime hours will be paid at the appropriate rate.

Please note that Ifield School is federated with our neighbouring primary school, King's Farm and there will be an occasional requirement to work across both sites when the need arises.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a Self Disclosure Form and in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022, will also be subject to an online search. Ifield School and all its personnel are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children and young people. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and against the ISA Barred List for Children including overseas criminal background checks where applicable. Appointments will be subject to satisfactory recruitment and vetting checks, including two references, one of which must be your current or most recent employer.

What we can offer the candidate:

  • Working within a fulfilling, rewarding and caring environment supported by a consistently high quality leadership team
  • Entitlement to Kent Rewards and KCC Employee Benefit Scheme
  • Enrolment in Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Focus on Mental Health and Wellbeing with access to key services including a free counselling support line
  • Comprehensive CPD Programme

For further information about us, please visit the school website https://www.ifieldschool.com. If you would like to book a visit to view the school, please contact Paul White, Site Manager or Leigh Picton on 01474 365485.


Information about the school

Ifield School is a welcoming and inclusive educational environment catering for pupils aged four to nineteen with profound, severe, and complex learning needs, alongside communication and interaction differences. At Ifield, we pride ourselves on our vibrant community and innovative approach to education, where every pupil has an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) tailored to their individual needs, reviewed annually to ensure progress and support.

Our dedicated staff members are the heart of our school, fostering an ethos of care, respect, and achievement. Through our collaborative efforts, we create a nurturing environment where every pupil can thrive and succeed. Inclusion is at the core of our mission and we achieve this through our outreach programmes, specialised resources, and the Ifield SMILE Training Centre.

Ifield School has been recognised as an outstanding provision by Ofsted for the fourth consecutive time, which is a testament to our commitment to excellence in education. Furthermore, Ifield School is a proud founding member of KsENT, a cooperative trust for Kent Special Schools, illustrating our dedication to collaboration and collective growth in special education. In September 2015, we federated with King's Farm Primary School, forming the Cedar Federation under a unified governing body, further enhancing our capacity to provide exceptional education and care.

At Ifield School, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our pupils are paramount. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment, and as such, stringent safeguarding measures are in place. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children. Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Safe in Education legislation.

Join us at Ifield School, where every pupil’s successes are recognised, nurtured, and celebrated along their unique educational journey.

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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.