The Perse School


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Closing date 30th May 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

Grounds Department at The Perse

The grounds department is primarily based at the Upper School on Hills road and consists of seven full time employees including the new appointment.

The grounds department including the Groundskeeper is responsible for the maintenance of the grounds at the Upper School, Prep School, Pelican School, Porson Road sports field, and the Perse Playing Fields at Abington. Occasional work is required to tenanted properties owned by the School. Using the grounds vehicle the team is regularly split into smaller teams to undertake work around all sites.


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 Groundskeeper’s ultimate line manager will be the Bursar. The Estates Manager is responsible for upkeep of all sites and the grounds team although day to day responsibility will be to the Head Groundskeeper. 

Job Purpose

The requirement of this position is to assist in the day to day upkeep of the hard and soft areas of the grounds, to ensure that the sports pitches are safe and fit for use and all areas appear well maintained at all times across all sites.

Key Responsibilities

The Groundskeeper’s responsibilities will comprise:

  1. Maintenance of the grass including cutting, rolling, strimming, scarifying, aerating, watering, seeding, top dressing, etc.
  2. Marking out of the pitches including erection of goals/nets, corner flags, and boundary markers in line with the school calendar.
  3. Maintenance of paths, borders, hedges and roadways.
  4. Leaf clearance and removal
  5. Early morning clearance of snow and ice from the pathways, pavements and roadways to ensure safe accessfor pedestrians and vehicles.
  6. Early morning and late afternoon gritting and salt application.
  7. Maintenance of artificial all weather surfaces.
  8. Minor machinery maintenance.
  9. Tree/shrub planting as required including use of a digger or tipper.
  10. Keeping records up to date as required by the Head Groundskeeper  
  11. Maintenance of bark chipped areas including reapplication and sweeping.




  • Relevant NVQ or similar
  • Full UK Driving Licence


  • At least 3 years relevant experience
  • An knowledge of the maintenance of sports pitches and cricket wickets
  • Safe operation of tractors, ride on mowers, strimmers, etc.
  • An understanding of COSHH requirements
  • An understanding of good practice manual handling techniques 

Skills and Abilities

  • Honesty and reliability
  • Self-motivation
  • Flexible and responsive.
  • Sympathetic to the educational, as well as the practical, requirements of the School. 


Working Hours

This post is full time post for 37.5 hours per week. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm, with a half hour lunch break (unpaid).

However, you may be required to work such additional hours as the needs of the job require. Extra payment will be made for this additional time or where appropriate, time off in lieu will be given, with the agreement of the Estates Manager.


The starting salary will be at Scale Point 9 of the Perse support staff salary scale: £18,863 per annum. Salary scales will next be reviewed with effect from September 2017.


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 Head Groundskeeper and Estates Manager.

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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