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Caretaker Facilities - Part-time

Ryarsh Primary School, Ryarsh

  • Ref:KCC886-2189-212S
  • Posted:13/02/2024
  • Pay:Kent Range 4
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:26/02/2024 at 09:00
  • Interviews:Wednesday 28th February


Would you like to be part of our school team, helping our children to thrive in a safe and welcoming school environment?

In order to increase our site management capacity, we are looking to appoint a new caretaker for our school The overall purpose of this role is to be responsible for the security, safety, cleanliness and general maintenance of the school site. To ensure that the premises are fit for purpose and meet the requirements of health and safety legislation and the curriculum.

The post is for a minimum of 10 hours a week throughout the year (including in school holiday periods), with flexible working hours required to meet the varying needs of the school. Ideally, we are lloking for someone to undertake the role for 2 days per week, but for the right candidate, the position can also be offered on a more flexible basis. The post holder will need be able to attend to "call outs" outside of normal working hours with the possibility to work additional hours as required. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Security & Maintenance of the premises & grounds
  • To undertake basic maintenance of heating, lighting, plumbing, security systems, building fabric, decoration, furniture fixtures & fittings and grounds to ensure they operate safely and efficiently, are clean and free from litter.
  • To carry out basic safety checks on playground equipment and water hygiene
  • To check the site and buildings for damage and security issues on arrival at the premises, and to report any defects of building, furniture, fittings and equipment to the Business Manager, ensuring that serious hazards are reported immediately
  • To ensure that clear passage is maintained on emergency escape route
  • To undertake cleaning duties as required such as internal windows, spillage or leaks, site tidiness such as leaf sweeping

Please state experience and skills and strengths clearly in your application. If you require further details please contact the school office. Visits to the school are welcome, please ring 01732 870 600 for further information.

Ryarsh Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to the position will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure check.

Information about the school

Schools across the country will spend a great deal of time analysing the measurable outcomes of children: assessment scores, progress measures, work in books, in-class contributions and conversations, but schools do so much more than that which can be measured. Whilst we are very proud of the high level of outcomes achieved by our children, we place great importance on developing the type of culture that allows children and adults to thrive.

Visitors to our school often tell us that our school has a ‘special feeling’ or a ‘buzz’ when walking around - something which cannot be measured but has to be experienced. We believe that this is created by many reasons, but can be summarised through the explanation that, at Ryarsh Primary School, there is a commonly held view that we are not just a community of learners – we are a ‘family’ of learners. Our community of learners is brought together by circumstance, whereas our family of learners is brought together by relationships.

When you become part of Ryarsh Primary School, you become part of a family which we all take great pride in being part of. In our view, communities are brought together by location, circumstance or shared characteristics. We define ourselves as a family as we are bonded by relationships.

At Ryarsh Primary School, our valued relationships (and principles underpinning these relationships) are a massive contributing factor in the ‘culture of trust’ that we have in our school. A combination of strong relationships and a culture of trust allow our school values (integrity, determination, compassion, unity and respect) to permeate throughout the school and impact on all of our decisions and actions.

Our school is a place where staff are highly valued; empowered to research and try new things; nurtured to support their mental health & wellbeing and challenged to continuously improve.

Within our Ryarsh family, every person, no matter their age, is a learner. As part of our community of learners, we help all minds flourish because every single person is provided with the opportunity to learn, develop and grow. At our school, we are knowledgeable, research based and investigative as this helps to shape our innovative, reflective teaching practices and our continuous drive for improvement.

We take actions that are considered and measured as we listen and empower all stake-holders to be involved in the decisions that matter to them. We appreciate that every single person involved in our school plays a crucial role in the magic weaving that is experienced at Ryarsh Primary School.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mr Daniel Childs, Headteacher
  • Address:Birling Road, Ryarsh, West Malling, Kent, ME19 5LS
  • Telephone: (01732) 870600
  • Email: headteacher@ryarsh.kent.sch.uk

Fax: (01732) 870600


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

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.