Wymondham High Academy is looking for an experienced, reliable, hard-working, and self-motivated Grounds person to join our in-house Premises Team. The successful candidate will enjoy working in a busy and dynamic School; the estate comprises of various sports pitches, fields and garden/landscaped areas across our 24 acre site.



  • 37 hours per week
  • All year round contract
  • Permanent
  • Monday – Thursday 7am – 3pm
  • Friday 7am – 2.30pm
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Access to our Employee Assistance programme
  • Free parking
Salary range / job grade: National Joint Council SCP 5-11, £23,500.00 – £25,979.00 Annually (Actual)
Responsible to: Premises Manager
Responsible for: Maintenance and Preparation of all Grounds


To provide efficient and effective maintenance, preparation, and repair of sports pitches to ensure safe and appropriate use for students and staff.

To be responsible for keeping the school’s grounds in an attractive and tidy order to promote the school to visitors, stake holders and the community.

To contribute to the educational activities of students, developing their horticultural understanding and skills, enhancing the curriculum, and enabling the students to get more out of the landscape.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To be responsible for the state of the school grounds and undertake such grounds maintenance work (including general labouring work) of open spaces and amenity areas to keep the grounds to a high standard.
  • To predominantly work independently and without the supervision of the premises manager in developing the school grounds.
  • To maintain vehicles, plant equipment and machinery in accordance with Health and Safety at Work requirements, and manufacturers recommendations. To ensure that all machinery is in a safe condition for normal use.
  • To use horticultural experience and expertise in the development of the school grounds.
  • To set up, develop and undertake the schedule of outside activities, such as the layout and marking of school sports pitches, making up beds and borders (including which flowers and shrubs to plant), the upkeep of the formal front of school hedgerows, grass cutting, pruning of trees etc.
  • To undertake all spraying as required in the grounds, including the use of chemical sprayers.
  • To liaise with external contractors on school grounds matters as necessary.
  • To identify and make suggestions for changes or improvements in working practices, to meet changing circumstances.
  • To be fully aware of, and to comply with, all departmental instructions and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work, and to recognise their responsibilities required under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • To attend training courses as required and in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act.
  • To work as safely as possible and have regard to other members of staff, students, and the public.
  • To observe and report any items of equipment or work situation which is of an unsafe nature and to observe and report on occasions of abuse, or the need for repairs and additional maintenance of any work area.
  • To recommend the purchase of additional equipment/machinery as necessary.
  • To respond to general site maintenance roles and responsibilities as directed by the Premises Manager during off-season / when availability allows.
General Duties:
  • To have due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and to follow the child protection procedures adopted by the school and the local authority.
  • To be a trained first aider and fire marshal.
  • To maintain Staff and Pupil confidentiality.
  • To undertake training as appropriate.
  • To participate in the performance management programme.

For an informal discussion please contact Mr Paul Essam, Site Manager via

If you are interested in applying for this post, please click on the apply now buttom below which will take you to our on-line application page.
Closing date:
28th June 2024
Interview date:
4th July 2024