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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 is a Foundation District Special School for pupils with profound, severe and complex learning needs and communication and interaction difficulties from age four to nineteen. Ifield School has a dynamic and innovative staff who work closely with pupils to create an ethos of care, respect and success. Inclusion is one of our priorities and this is achieved through our outreach, resources and training centre, Ifield SMILE.

In May 2018 Ofsted judged Ifield as an Outstanding school for the third consecutive time.

Ifield was designated a National Teaching School in September 2014 and is committed to the development of the Thames Teaching Alliance for the remainder of its tenure.

Ifield School is one of the founding members of KSENT, a co-operative trust for Kent Special Schools.

In September 2015, Ifield School federated with King's Farm Primary School under one Governing Body collectively known as the Cedar Federation. Ifield School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and check against the ISA Barred List for children.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Rosie Owen
  • Address:Cedar Avenue, Gravesend , Kent, DA12 5JT
  • Telephone: 01474 365485
  • Email: rowen@ifield.kent.sch.uk


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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 Legislation.