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Grounds Worker - Full-time

Five Acre Wood School, Maidstone

  • Ref:KCC886-7056-315S
  • Posted:03/12/2021
  • Pay:KR3 (£19,748 including allowance)
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:13/12/2021 at 13:00
  • Interviews:TBC


We are looking for a Grounds Worker to join our school. The successful candidate will bomeone who takes pride in providing a clean, secure, safe and healthy environment for pupils, staff and visitors.  

Five Acre Wood School is based over three sites in the Maidstone area.  This role is primarily based at the Loose site, but duties will also be carried out across all sites.  

Primary purpose of the role:

To upkeep and maintain all external areas and facilities of the school including grass, shrubs, trees, path ways, hard standing, play surfaces, equipment, play equipment, fence lines and gates.

Essential for the post:

Previous grounds work experience or understanding of.

Full UK driver’s license.

Very good level of physical fitness to cope with the requirements of the role.

The successful candidate will be reliable, proactive and responsible for providing a high level of quality workmanship ensuring the grounds, facilities and gardens of the school are maintained to a high standard and are in a good, safe condition for school use.

Desirable requirements include:

MPTC Pesticides PA1, PA6 Spraying License and/or Level 2 NVQ in Horticulture.

Grounds related qualification / accreditation.

Knowledge and experience in relevant areas of health and safety, in particular COSHH would be advantageous.

Reporting to the Facilities Manager your key responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

Undertake routine preparation and maintenance work on sports facilities and surfaces. Undertake all preparatory and cultivation work to maintain safe quality playing surfaces.

Carry out daily spot checks of all areas of the grounds, acting on defects and reporting concerns.

Recording of health and safety checks, to include perimeter fencing, equipment and play equipment.

Daily clearing of all grounds (to include car park and playground), to include rubbish collection and clearing, debris and animal foul removal, and sweeping.  Use of relevant machinery.

Maintain grass areas and field to include mowing and strimming around curriculum hours.

Maintenance of hedges, verge areas, entrance, clearing of brambles, and general site tidiness.

Maintain fences, ensuring painting and staining is up to date.

Jet wash path ways and hard standing as required, ensuring surfaces are safe and slip free.

Ensure wooden structures and benches are maintained and weather proof.

All outside facilities maintained in a tidy and good working order, including play equipment, sand and bark areas.

Create and review an annual plan to improve the school site – submit to Facilities Manager and SBM for approval.

Snow clearing and grounds preparation in all extreme weather conditions.  Flexibility of hours will be required to ensure the site is safe and clear from snow and ice during extreme weather (early start).

Ensure the site is looking attractive and welcoming.


Please see attached job description for a full range of duties.

Information about the school

Five Acre Wood is a successful outward looking and expanding District Special School based over sites in and around Maidstone, Kent.

We currently have over 700 pupils on roll aged 2-19 years with profound, severe and complex needs, we are one of the largest special needs schools in the country. We have 420 employees. Our "Outstanding" school will continue to expand and we are looking for people with a positive approach to join us who share our vision of "Only the best will do" for all our students.

Our achievements include Investors in People (Gold) and the WAS Wellbeing Award, which recognises how look after employees and pupils. We are a very supportive school, we offer opportunities for further professional development and career development.

For further information regarding the school, please go to our website www.fiveacrewood.co.uk

We hold an annual music festival for our pupils and employees, it gives them the opportunity experience something they may not ordinarily be able to access. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xOR-PlaONI (If the link doesn’t connect - You Tube “Five Acre Woodstock 2019 – Amazing Festival in a Day”)

Nathan Grisdale was on the X factor and reached the “Six chair challenge”. He heard about our school. He wrote a song for us and filmed it with our pupils. You can see it here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJF9MlJHt-I
(If the link doesn’t connect – You Tube Nathan Grisdale - Don't Give Up (Official music video)

We have recently released our own single feat. Jack Rose, view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maa_veNaobU (if the link doesn't work search 'Five Acre Wood School Hall of Fame'

Our school is committed to safeguarding pupils and staff. Our staff recruitment policies and practices comply with safe recruitment and selection requirements. We always ensure clearance of enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prior to employment.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Job Contact Information

Fax: 01622 744828

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).