The Perse School


Cleaning Supervisor
Upper & 6th Form
Closing date 3rd Aug 2017, 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 School were classified as outstanding 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.

In the last decade we have invested over £40 million in new and improved facilities across the three sites. This includes two new classroom blocks at the Upper, a Science Centre at the Prep, new sports fields in Little Abington and a Performing Arts Centre (currently under construction).

There are around 400 staff across the whole Perse School (Upper, Prep and Pelican), around half of whom are teachers.

For an overview of the benefits of working at The Perse, please see our reasons to work at The Perse section.

The Role


The Housekeeping Department works closely with the Caretaking Department at the Upper School to  provide an efficient and effective cleaning service for the Upper School Site. 


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/Supervisor’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Housekeeping Manager. 

Job Purpose

The role of the Cleaner/Supervisor will be to Support the Housekeeping Manager and to work alongside the School’s cleaning staff to ensure the cleaning undertaken is to a consistently high standard.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the Housekeeping Manager in:
    • Ensuring that the cleaning of internal areas of the School is in accordance with the cleaning schedule and maintained to a high standard.
    • Hands on training/support of cleaning staff.
    • The maintenance of appropriate records in relation to cleaning.
    • Providing day-to-day cover for the Housekeeping Manager in their absence.
  • Cleaning Supervision
    • Daily supervision of cleaning staff to ensure cleaning is carried out in accordance with procedures and safe practice, and to the School’s standards.
    • Monitoring of cleaning stock levels in departmental cupboards and ensuring they are re-stocked as required.
    • Ensuring faults and maintenance issues within buildings are identified and reported for repair.
  • Cleaning
    • Assisting the General Premises Assistants with the cleaning of areas accessable during the day.
    • Assisting with cleaning in the early morning/evening as required.
  • Compliance with relevant legislation and School procedures.
  • Security/Fire safety
    • Assisting the Caretaking team in ensuring security of the buildings.
    • Ensuring issues concerning security or fire safety are reported to the Assistant Bursar. 


  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for who you are responsible and with whom you come into contact. 




  • An NVQ in cleaning or similar



  • An understanding of housekeeping practice.
  • Familiarity with Health & Safety in the Workplace as it relates to housekeeping. 

Relevant Experience


  • Previous supervisory experience in a cleaning/housekeeping department.


  • Experience of educational establishment. 

Skills and Abilities


  • The ability to supervise the work of others.
  • High standards and attention to detail – the ability to achieve and maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness in work undertaken.
  • Good communication skills; the ability to deal with staff visitors and parents in a friendly manner and with tact and diplomacy when required.
  • An ability to establish good working relationships.
  • A healthy sense of humour and a ‘can-do’ attitude.


Working Hours

Two Cleaner Supervisor posts exist as detailed below.

Post 1

This post is full time for 37.5 hours per week. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday 0630 – 1430, with a half hour lunch break (unpaid).

Post 2

This post is part time for 37.5 hours per week. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday 1100 – 1900, with a half hour lunch break (unpaid).

Both posts are full year.


The starting salary will be at Scale Point 7 of the Perse Support Staff salary scale: £18,144 per annum at 2016/17 rates.


Paid holiday entitlement is 6 weeks plus Bank holidays per annumone week to be taken at Easter, one week to be taken at Christmas and four weeks to be taken as agreed with the Housekeeping Manager.  Holiday may not normally be taken during term time.

Interviews will be held during week commencing 7 August 2017.


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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