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School Caretaker - Term Time

Caldecott Foundation School, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-7003-117S
  • Posted:10/11/2023
  • Pay:£20,048.08
  • Start Date:T.B.C
  • App Close Date:15/01/2024 at 12:00
  • Interviews:T.B.C.



Smeeth, Ashford, Kent TN25 6SP

Salary: £20,048.08 per annum pro rata 38 weeks

37 hours per week Term Time Only

Monday – Thursday:  6.00am – 10.00am & 2.30pm – 6.00pm

Friday:  6.00am – 10.00am & 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Plus any additional as directed by the Head Teacher

The Caldecott School is a non-maintained special school catering for young people with a variety of needs including ASD, social, emotional, and mental health difficulties, and a range of communication needs, from reception to year 11.

Governors, senior leaders, and all staff teams work tirelessly to provide a safe, stimulating, and nurturing learning environment which allows the pupils to achieve their full potential. In helping children build a future, we are committed to developing support networks and strategies that young people will require, in today’s society.

The Caldecott Foundation is currently seeking to recruit a highly motivated Caretaker to:

  • Be responsible for the general maintenance, cleanliness and security of all school sites (Primary and Secondary Schools) and to maintain the premises (both internally and externally) in a clean, safe sound and secure condition for staff, pupils, parents/carers and community workers.
  • Have a commitment to improving the school within areas of their direct responsibility.
  • Be responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people within the school.

The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of Health and Safety; be competent at repairing and general maintenance; have an understanding of all aspects of security; and have a good standard of literacy and numeracy skills for record-keeping.  It is essential that you are able to communicate with staff and contractors.

You may have contact with the students, so it is vital that you are comfortable around young people from 5 to 18 years old and have a good sense of humour.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to attend interview – TBC

The Caldecott Foundation is committed to safeguarding children. We follow safer recruitment guidelines and all appointments will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service and references.

Registered Charity No. 307889

Information about the school

Caldecott School is a non-maintained special school catering for up to 64 young people across Key Stages 1-4. We are a therapeutic school specialising in supporting the educational and emotional needs of students who have experienced trauma, and/or have a diagnosis of Autism and/or other neurodevelopmental and psychological problems aged 5 – 16.

Our team of teachers and Therapists work closely together to deliver a therapy informed curriculum within a safe, stimulating, personalised and nurturing learning environment. We strongly believe that children and young people can learn and move forward in their educational journey when their emotional, social, and cognitive needs are appropriately supported.

Caldecott School is set in a 24 acre site near Ashford, Kent and offers an exciting curriculum which is individualised to meet the needs of our students and includes Forest School, outdoor learning and a number of vocational courses - catering, construction, land based studies and hairdressing. Our holistic approach is underpinned by our Relational Model and has a therapeutic approach at its core designed to build trusting supportive relationships and address barriers to learning so that all of our students can achieve their full potential.

Our school is part of the Caldecott Foundation which is a well established charity that also provides residential care and fostering services. We have an exceptional track record delivering the highest quality of care and education and Ofsted agree having rated 8 out of our 10 services as ‘Outstanding’ as of May 2022. Caldecott School is currently rated ‘Good’.

It is an exciting time to join our team as we continue our plans to increase the number of students that we support as well as develop new courses and experiences for our students including a town farm where students can study animal husbandry.

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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.