We are looking for a reliable caretaker to look after general site maintenance and up-keep of an educational building located at Stowford Manor Farm, Wingfield. 3 mornings per week – 8am-9am.



The caretaker will be responsible for making sure the school building is in proper working order. This involves:

  • Carrying out minor repairs such as mending broken fixtures/fittings, changing light bulbs and unblocking drains
  • Turning heating and lighting on and off at appropriate times
  • ·Making sure the premises are clean and that rubbish is collected and taken away
  • Maintaining the grounds and removing litter
  • General health and safety checks on the inside learning space and the outside courtyard, and access points to the building.
  • If there is a major fault, the caretaker will call in specialist help, such as a plumber or electrician. They will also arrange for other contractors such as builders to come on site when necessary.


Part of the role may include ordering new equipment and furniture, in discussion with the Board of Directors.


The caretaker will unlock buildings in the morning before people arrive, light the woodburning stove, when necessary, and ensure the environment is tidy and safe for staff, families and children to arrive.

Other Tasks:

Other tasks include:

  • Storing equipment and supplies safely
  • Understanding fire safety regulations, Health and Safety regulations, emergency procedures and the rules for evacuating a building
  • Ensuring disabled access to the building where necessary
  • Emergency cleaning of human deposits (vomit, excrement)
  • Replacement of consumables (Soap, toilet rolls, hand towels)
  • Replacement of lighting tubes/lamps
  • Portable appliance testing
  • Arranging chairs and tables for meetings or events
  • Maintaining a variety of records and monitoring meter readings and fuel usage
  • Ordering firewood
  • Watering plants

Skills & Personal Qualities:

The successful candidate should:

  • Be responsible, honest and reliable
  • Be practical and good with their hands
  • Stay calm in an emergency, for example if there is a break-in or fire
  • Have good verbal communication skills to deal with children and adults
  • Be prepared to get up early
  • Have some budgeting skills
  • Understand safe working practices and health and safety legislation
  • Have some understanding of building construction and design
  • Be able to interpret technical information
  • Be well-organised and capable of prioritizing their own work
  • Be happy to work on their own and/or capable of supervising people
  • Be flexible and enjoy a varied routine as days can rarely be planned
  • Be reasonably fit


  • 3 mornings per week - 8am-9am
  • £10 per hour
  • The contract is part-time for 4 months (April to July 2018)


The Board of Directors and the Head of Education form the Management team who are responsible on a day-to-day basis for running the Lumiar project efficiently and safely, and making sure that the necessary resources are in place to deliver the strategic aims of the project.

Referees will be requested for interview.




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