The Perse School


Cleaners Part-time
All Schools
Closing date 14th Oct 2016, 12:00pm



School Description

The Perse School is a charitable company and one of the country’s leading independent day schools.

Our vision is to love learning and strive for the greater good. The values that define our community are: intellectual curiosity and scholarship, endeavour, breadth and balance, and valuing one another. All aspects of the 3–18 Perse were classified as outstanding by in its 2016 inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

We educate girls and boys from 3-18 on three sites in Cambridge: the Pelican Nursery and Pre-Prep, the Prep and the Upper. Children thus progress through three different schools, and have all the benefits of being part of one larger institution with an integrated curriculum and pastoral care system.

We have a clear learning philosophy. We are academically selective; bright children thrive here and embrace the many opportunities we provide to go beyond the curriculum. We provide a rounded education, with first class opportunities in sport, art, outdoor pursuits, music and drama, and a large number of thriving clubs, societies and extra-curricular activities in which all pupils participate.

The pastoral system is strong and supportive, the student body is diverse, and the atmosphere is open and friendly. We provide more than £1 million each year in means-tested bursaries at the Upper and Prep, to ensure children from all backgrounds can benefit from a Perse education.

The Perse is a dynamic and successful school of around 1500 pupils. There are more than 400 teaching and support staff, including peripatetic music, sports coaching and other specialist staff. For a taste of what it is like to work at each of the schools, please see the ‘meet the staff’ page in each school’s ‘People’ section of this website.

In the last decade we have invested around £40m in new facilities at our three schools. In 2014, we secured 21 acres of green space at Little Abington, just 15 minutes away from our schools, for grass sports pitches. In addition to further improvements to our facilities, including construction of a performing arts centre a new all weather pitch at the Upper, and a new Science Department at the Prep – we have plans to double our bursaries and extend our outreach.

We make good use of technology, based on our philosophy that it should be effective, engaging and evolving. Our vision is to be a ‘bring your own device’ school. Resources include dedicated ICT suites, Mac suites, bookable Chromebooks and iPads and a library e-book scheme. All classrooms are equipped with SMART boards and PCs. Students and staff can access the school Wi-Fi (with age appropriate filtering), and we use Schoology as our Virtual Learning Environment.

While our facilities are excellent, our staff are our strongest asset and we care deeply about rewarding them properly. For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse, and for a detailed look at the benefits each role enjoys, click on the link to the benefits at the end of this vacancy.

The Role

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Reporting to

As a member of the Support staff, the Cleaner’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Housekeeping Manager (or School Marshal).

Job Purpose

The part-time Cleaners assist the caretaking staff in ensuring a high standard of cleaning throughout the School buildings.

Key Responsibilities

Term time

  • The Cleaner will undertake cleaning duties in accordance with the area cleaning schedule, duties to include:
    • cleaning of all furniture (including the removal of any graffiti), skirting boards, ledges, shelving and high level dusting
    • emptying rubbish bins
    • hoovering or sweeping and mopping floors as applicable
    • removal of marks on walls
    • cleaning of internal glazing
    • cleaning of sinks and toilet areas as applicable
    • The Cleaners may be asked on occasions to assist in the cleaning of other areas during periods of staff absence

School Holidays

  • In addition to the items detailed above, the Cleaner will complete a deep clean for their area during school holidays, duties to include:
  • moveable items to be moved and cleaned behind (i.e. cupboards on wheels)
  • walls to be washed and any marks removed
  • blue tack to be removed from walls
  • woodwork cleaned (door frames, doors, interior window frames)
  • all areas to be checked for cobwebs. An extendable brush is available for high areas
  • carpeted areas to be hoovered and spot washed where there are stains



  •  Self-motivation
  • Honesty and reliability
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Basic cleaning skills
  • Ability to prioritise work and enjoy a varied routine


Working Hours

This post is part time and the normal working shifts available are Monday to Friday between the following hours:

Upper:             06.15 – 08.15 or 16.30 – 20.00

Prep:               15.30 – 17.30

Abington Fields: 6 hrs per week. Days/hours to be negotiated

This post is full year.


The hourly rate for this post will be £7.85 per hour.


Paid holiday entitlement is based on a full-time entitlement of six weeks per annum plus bank holidays, which must be taken during School holidays as follows:

  • one week at Easter
  • one week at Christmas
  • four weeks during the School’s summer holidaysDuring the School holiday periods (other than the paid holiday entitlement as detailed above) the Cleaners are still required to work their contracted hours. However, these hours may be worked over a fewer number of days if desired and with the agreement of the Housekeeping Manager. For example for a one week half term, the Cleaner is required to work ten hours but these hours could be worked over two days at five hours per day.

Staff Benefits

The School operates a defined contribution Pension Scheme which all support staff are eligible to join once they have completed three months’ service and to which the School and the member of staff both contribute. Contributions are currently 13.75% and 6.25% respectively.

The School operates a Group Life Assurance Scheme that members of staff are automatically included in on the date of appointment.

The School’s Sports Centre is available for use by staff at various times during the week.

Lunch is provided free of charge, during term time, for all staff whose working hours encompass the time of School lunch.

The School is keen to help develop the skills of its staff and looks to provide appropriate training as necessary.

Safeguarding and Recruitment Policy


The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Safer Recruitment

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post including: references from previous employers, a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the enhanced level, as well as eligibility to work in the UK (in compliance with UK government Immigration regulations). Interviews will be conducted in person, and they will explore candidates’ suitability to work with children.

Recruitment Policy

The School’s Recruitment, Selection and Disclosure Policy and Procedure is available for your information on our policies page. This provides details of the pre-appointment vetting checks conducted by the School for all appointments, and how any criminal records disclosures are handled.


How to Apply

Please apply using our online system.

Please note that you will need to have the necessary information ready in order to complete your application in one go, as you will not be able to save the form to continue later.

If you have a query about applying for a job at The Perse please email

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