Grounds Person

Full time 37 Hours per week
Monday–Thursday 7.30am–4.00pm, Friday 7.30am–3.30pm

Grounds Person

Grounds Person



(a) Line Manager: The post reports to the Director of Operations
(b) Direct Reports: None


This job description is a working reference document, to be reviewed as part of the post holder’s annual appraisal review and revised as applicable, i.e. whenever there is a significant change to the job purpose, objectives and/or key responsibilities of the role.

Date job description raised/last reviewed: December 2023.


The principal objectives of the role are:

(a) To have responsibility for the grounds at King Edward VI School at Wilton Rd, Southampton SO15 5UQ
(b) Liaise with the Director of Sport regarding Grounds preparation for Sport.


Key Activities:

(a) To prepare and maintain high quality sports pitches and playing surfaces, including initial marking out and setting up as well as repair and renovation.

(b) To take responsibility for the preparation and maintenance of the cricket squares and outfields to the standards set by the Director of Sport and the Head of Cricket, consulting weekly during the season.

(c) To take responsibility for the appearance and quality of all the grounds on the school site, including verges, hedges & off-pitch areas.

(d) To mark athletics track.

(e) To prepare and maintain the upkeep of all grounds and sports facilities across all three terms.

(f) To ensure that grounds and equipment are maintained to the highest standard possible and are always available for use for the school sports programme, reporting any defects immediately to the Director of Operations. This includes but is not limited to the maintenance of the astro turf, tennis nets, rugby posts, cricket netting, hockey goals, basketball nets and netball nets.

(g) Regular mowing of training areas/pitches using a variety of mowing equipment.

(h) To use tractor & utility vehicles with a wide range of attachments for turf care management and maintenance, for example aeration, brushing, seeding.

(i) To set-up, use and maintain the irrigation systems.

(j) Apply appropriate sports turf granular fertilizer as directed, as part of an annual nutritional programme.

(k) To maintain the cleanliness of the grounds machinery and equipment.

(l) To open up and close down the outdoor sports facilities, with special responsibility for security of the buildings and the site when necessary.

(m) To give advice, directions, and other assistance to facility users, checking identity where appropriate and ensuring users follow the regulations associated with the facilities.

(n) To ensure that chemicals and equipment are stored and used in accordance with Health & Safety regulations and School policies and procedures. To complete PA1, PA2 or PA6 training to ensure safe use of pesticides.

(o) Such other duties from time to time, reasonably requested by the Director of Operations or the Director of Sport.


a) The post holder is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children, to comply with the School’s Child Protection Policy and to report to the Child Protection Officer or Head any concerns relating to the safety or welfare of children.

b) The post holder must maintain a clean and safe work area, having regard to Health and Safety regulations and requirements generally and particularly in relation to their role.

c) The post holder shall work with and assist other departments as required, time allowing and avoiding conflict with the post holder’s principal responsibilities and carry out any other reasonable task as identified by their line manager or the Bursar.

d) To, on occasion, assist the facilities team, including caretaking duties and cleaning duties required to support the smooth running of the school as requested by the Director of Operations.

e) To, if needed, work at either of the other School sites (Stroud School / Wellington Sports Ground) as required by the Director of Operations or the Head Groundsperson.

f) To comply with all relevant Health and Safety Legislation.