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Caretaker / Maintenance

Location: Newquay
Salary: £12 - 13 per hour
Position: Temporary
Date Posted: 9th June 2023
Recruiter: Cornwall Staff Agency
Job Ref: CARNEW23

My client, a specialist in the maintenance and management of a school, are seeking a Caretaker / Maintenance person to join their team in Newquay.

What we offer:

  •  £12- £13 an hour.
  •  Weekly pay.
  •  Temp ongoing, immediate start.
  •  Opportunity to go Permanent.
  •  Accrue Holiday pay.
  •  Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm + Various shifts (NO WEEKENDS)

The Role

  •  Various duties where needed, all equipment to be provided.
  •  Lifting and moving deliveries around the site
  •  Mowing and maintaining garden areas
  •  Basic maintenance tasks including fixing shelf's, painting, and varnishing.
  •  To act as a joint keyholder for the site, always ensuring security including the operation of alarms.
  •  To maintain the overall security arrangements of the premises including ensuring that staff are aware of the security procedures, use of alarm systems and operation of security systems including windows and doors.
  •  To report any major defects in building, equipment and security systems observed in the course of duties and to liaise with approved contractors.
  •  To participate in evacuation processes as agreed and in accordance with the school’s recognised Evacuation Procedure.
  •  To assist in the collection and disposal of all refuse and ensure the school buildings and grounds are free of litter and graffiti.
  •  To ensure, in winter especially, that access roads, pavements, steps and playgrounds are always safe for use.
  •  To maintain an adequate stock of cleaning materials from approved suppliers and to ensure cloakrooms are stocked with soap, towels etc.
  •  To undertake emergency cleaning (e.g., soiling of toilets, sickness, floods etc.) as necessary.
  •  To undertake high level cleaning at the end of school terms.
  •  To record and monitor gas / electricity / water (as applicable) meter readings/returns as required by the Trust.
  •  To take deliveries of stores, materials, and other goods and to undertake porterage duties as required (including moving furniture, equipment etc.).
  •  To respond to emergencies, when necessary, in respect of accident, failure, break in, vandalism or weather as directed by Headteacher, Senior Leadership Team and CELT Estates team.
  •  To undertake occasional gardening duties.
  •  To undertake routine maintenance and minor refurbishment of premises, fixtures, and fittings as necessary.
  •  To maintain records and complete paperwork as required.
  •  To undertake the operation and periodic checking of the fire alarm system and equipment as detailed in the Fire Safety logbook. To visually monitor the condition of fire extinguishers, ensuring all extinguishers are regularly serviced and that hoses and fire blankets are kept in good condition. 
  •  To be responsible for the ordering of stock, checking of invoices and keeping records of all equipment and tools within the postholder’s sphere of responsibility.
  •  To attend site meetings as required.
  •  To liaise with contractors as and when directed.
  •  To undertake regular inspections of the site and report significant defects and remedy minor defects.
  •  To ensure the safe storage and control of any potentially harmful materials and chemicals used within the school and ensure that such materials are appropriately marked and signposted.


  • Basic Handyperson experience preferred with a relevant qualification in this field.
  • Previous history of working in schools would be a bonus.
  • Enhanced DBS will need to be processed, the cost of this will be £56 this can be spread over two weeks to reduce the lump sum.

Desired but no essential:

  • Basic Health & Safety qualification. 
  • Lifting and Manual Handling training.
  • High level cleaning safety training.

For more information on this fantastic opportunity, please apply with your CV.

We look forward to speaking too you soon.

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