The Perse School


General Premises Assistant
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 to  provide an efficient and effective cleaning service.


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 General Premises Assistant’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar, although day to day responsibility will be to the Prep Caretaker.

Job Purpose

The General Premises Assistant will assist the Caretaker in ensuring high standards with regards to the appearance of the Prep School.

Key Responsibilities

The General Premises Assistant will generally be based at the Prep School in Trumpington Road, but may also provide support at the School’s other sites on occasions.

The General Premises Assistant is expected to carry out a number of varied duties as instructed at various school sites including:

  • Daily cleaning duties as required including:
    • toilet and shower facilities
    • the dining hall
    • school offices and other areas
    • Emergency cleaning of spillages/vomit/etc.
  • Taking responsibility for the Fire Alarm system each day in the absence fo the Caretaker:
    • Taking an active role in response to activation of either School’s fire alarm system, including establishing the cause of the activation, liaising with the Senior Staff and the Fire Brigade.
    • Undertaking weekly calll point checks when required
  • Traffic control (usually 1500 – 1600hs daily)
    • To monitor and control the traffic entering and leaving the site at the end of the School day.
    • To ensure appropriate separation of pedestrian and vehicle traffic by:
      • holding vehicles in a queue as necessary
      • directing vehicles into parking spaces
      • encouraging pedestrians to follow the separate pedestrian routes
      • asking cyclists to walk their bikes whilst on site
  • Assisting the Caretaker on occasions with setting up rooms for events (including moving furniture).
  • Assisting in the deep cleaning of areas during holiday periods including:
    • carpet shampooing
    • scrubbing/buffing floors
    • washing down walls and paintwork
  • Other general premises tasks as required.


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




  • An understanding of cleaning practice and associated safety procedures.

Relevant Experience


  • Working in a School envoromnemt
  • Experience of cleaning work

Skills and Abilities


  • Honesty and reliability
  • High standards and attention to detail – the ability to achieve and maintain a consistently high standard in work undertaken
  • The ability to work as part of a team, communicate with staff at all levels and to establish good working relationships
  • Good organisational skills and self-motivation
  • A healthy sense of humour and a can-do approach.


Working Hours

This post is part- time:

  • 5 hours per week. Normal working hours are as Monday to Friday 1100 – 1600 with a half hour lunch break (unpaid); or
  • 5 hours per week. Normal working hours are as Monday to Friday 1100 – 1800  with a half hour lunch break (unpaid

This post is full year.

You may be required to work such additional hours as the needs of the job require. Additional payment will be made for such hours when agreed in advance with the Prep Caretaker.


The starting salary will be at Scale Point 2 of the Perse Support Staff salary scale:

  • 5 hours per week £9,699 per annum,
  • 5 hours per week £14,010 per annum,

These figures have  been pro-rated for the part-time hours (based on the full time equivalent salary of £16,165 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.

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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