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School Caretaker and Maintenance - Full-time - Special Needs Position

Hope View School, Canterbury

  • Ref:KCC886-6123-74S
  • Posted:01/10/2021
  • Pay:£18,000-£21,000
  • Start Date:15th November 2021
  • App Close Date:01/10/2021 at 13:00
  • Interviews:TBC


Hope View School are seeking to appoint a full time School Caretaker to work at our school sites in Chilham and Chartham from November 2021. 

Previous experience of this role would be an advantage. The ability to work within a small team and an organised but flexible approach is crucial. High standards of professionalism and e the ability to be empathetic, understanding and supportive of pupils and their needs is also a requirement of the role even though it does not involved working directly with them.

The position is based mainly at our Upper School site in Chilham however, the successful candidate may be required to work at our Lower School site in Chartham from time to time. 

A full driving licence is essential.

Under the direction of the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team,  duties will include security, locking and unlocking, the cleaning of premises, dealing with deliveries and general maintenance.

This is a full time, permanent position of 40 hours per week. The successful candidate will be required to be on site from 7.30am.

Staff benefits include 28 days annual leave per annum plus bank holidays. You will also be able to access our pension scheme.

Post requirements:

See the attached job description and person specification for more details.

An understanding of the ethos of the school and the ability to work within this ethos in order to support and develop all pupils regardless of ability, education, behavioural, social or emotional needs.

An understanding of the importance of the need for safeguarding the health and well being of all pupils within the school. Upholding the school’s policies and procedures with regard to child protection and safeguarding is an essential requirement.

The successful applicant will undertake a period of induction/supervision which will be overseen by their Line Manager. This will last for the applicant’s probationary period i.e. six months.

In the case when an applicant’s probationary period has been unsuccessful, the school will give half a term’s notice following the end of the probationary period. This also applies to the applicant if they feel that they do not wish to continue in the post.

The salary for the post is £18,000-£21,000 depending on experience.

Information about the school

Hope View School is an Independent Special School for boys with special educational needs including social, emotional and mental health difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger’s Syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and moderate learning difficulties. Our Lower School is just outside Chartham and our Upper School site is in Chilham. Both sites are within close proximity to Canterbury, Ashford, Maidstone, Thanet and the Medway towns (Kent). The school is equipped to accommodate a total of 130 pupils aged between 7 and 18 years old across both sites. All pupils who attend the school have an Education and Health Care Plan. Our main aims are: To ensure, as far as possible, that each pupil placed at Hope View is given every opportunity to learn, be supported and be listened to. To support pupils in the development of their Literacy and Numeracy skills by increasing reading, spelling and numerate ability ages. To ensure pupils are well equipped by the time they leave Hope View to deal with working life, college, apprenticeships and are able to make a positive contribution to society. At Hope View we have high expectations of all of our pupils as well as firm boundaries. Pupils are expected to attend all lessons, be respectful and courteous to each other and staff. They are expected to communicate with us if they have an issue or are encountering difficulties. The ethos of Hope View is Firm, Fair, Friendly and Fun! All pupils have a voice and we insist that they are listened to, advised and supported by staff and pupils alike. Home/school contact is imperative to the successful development of all of our pupils. For this reason, we insist on maintaining close contact by telephone, email or face to face with parents, carers, and professionals involved in the personal development and the welfare of a pupil. Our door is always open to visitors with or without an appointment. We encourage visitors to experience for themselves the calm atmosphere and pleasant learning environment of Hope View. Our pupils are very proud of their school and welcome the opportunity to show it off to visitors whenever they can. Hope View School is a member of the National Association of Special Schools. The school follows the National Curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our pupils. Emphasis is placed on improving pupils’ reading, spelling and numeracy skills. All pupils are assessed in these areas upon entry to the school.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Carla Lorne
  • Address:Station Approach, Chilham, Canterbury , Kent, CT4 8EG
  • Telephone: 01227 7380000
  • Email: hopeviewschool@btconnect.com


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.