- 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 2019 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.
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 Perse School’s maintenance department is based at the Upper School site on Hills Road, Cambridge. It consists of six employees including this appointment. Two of the employees are qualified electricians. The other four have other building/construction related skills and expertise. The purpose of the maintenance department is to ensure that the School can deliver high quality education opportunities to the pupils attending. This is achieved by ensuring that all reactive building maintenance is carried out in a timely manner and to agreed specification.
Whilst this work will generally take place at the Upper School, where the fully equipped workshop is situated, there will be a need to undertake maintenance tasks at the Prep School on Trumpington Road, the Pelican School on Glebe Road and the Playing Fields at Greater Abington. The School also owns seven properties, which from time to time, maintenance will need to be carried out.
For major project work linked to mechanical installations, plant, air conditioning etc. the School employs the services of specialist contractors.
The maintenance coordinator will be part of the support staff of the Perse School and will work within the Estates Team. They will report to the Assistant Building Services Manager on a day to day basis. The Building Services Manager will be overall responsible for the work and performance of the maintenance team including the maintenance coordinator.
This post is designed to support the smooth and efficient running of the maintenance department. The post holder will also be expected to undertake all day-to-day reactive maintenance tasks and as such, will be an integral part of the maintenance team.
Specifically the post holder will be responsible for:
- ensuring tasks are completed and subsequently signed off
- ensuring any Health and Safety issues are addressed when tasks are allocated
- ensuring any risk assessments aligned to tasks are followed
- ensuring tasks are programmed to completion and reporting on any issues
- ensuring sufficient stock and materials are available for the completion of tasks
- completing and maintaining an inventory of the department’s tools and equipment
- ensuring tools and equipment are maintained in an appropriate fashion
- undertaking regular stock takes and replenishing as required
- ensuring the workshop is kept clean, tidy and a safe place to work at all times
- ensuring any vehicles used by the maintenance team are kept clean and available for use
- ensuring the security of the workshop and its contents
- carrying out weekly monitoring of the Upper site to identify areas in need of attention
As a member of the team the post holder will:
- undertake day-to-day maintenance tasks utilising own specific specialist skills
- support other members of the team in completing any tasks allocated, including painting & decorating
- liaise with the Assistant Building Services Manager over requirements for the development and training needs of the team
- Full UK driving licence
- Recognised qualification in a building trade
- Working at height certification
- Carpentry & Joinery qualification
- Plumbing qualification
- Decoration qualification
- Health & Safety qualification
- Scaffold tower certification
- Fall arrest system certification
Experience & Skills
- Working on building related projects, utilising specific trade skills, particularly carpentry related
- General building and construction including basic brickwork, roofing and flooring
- Basic plumbing tasks including but not limited to: changing taps and tap washers, repairing toilet cisterns and flushes, clearing blocked drains and gulleys
- Working in varied building environments
- Managing own workload to produce time bounded outcomes
- Working within Health and Safety requirements
- Acting as foreman on a building site
- Undertaking carpentry and joinery projects
- More technical plumbing tasks
- Working in a school environment
- Planning and delivering projects
- Oversight of the work of others
- Oversight of Health and Safety in a working environment
- Working to tight deadlines
- Flexible approach
- Managing conflicting priorities
- Organisational skills
- Working as part of a team
JOB SPECIFIC TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The post is full time, 40 hours per week. Working times will be agreed with the Building Services Manager and will be within the range of 07:30 – 18:30. There will be one hour (unpaid) for lunch break. Holiday entitlement is 30 days plus bank holidays per annum. Pro rata five days to be taken at Christmas and five at Easter. Pro rata 20 days to be taken as agreed with the Estates Manager.
Salary will be within the scale range 17-19, currently £25,603 – £27,281.
- 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.
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.
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.
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