Groundsperson

Responsible to: Grounds Manager

Groundsperson

Groundsperson

Internal Relationships: Ground team, Estate team, Greenkeepers, Pupils, members of the teaching staff

External Relationships: Parents of pupils at the School, contractors

The School

Charterhouse is a beautiful school and a wonderful place to live and work. It was founded in 1611 and moved to its present magnificent 250-acre site near Godalming in Surrey in 1872. Few schools can offer such a splendid backdrop for teaching and learning, and the School community is very strong, with excellent relationships between pupils and staff. As part of our ambitious new plans, and building on the success of our mixed Sixth Form, we are excited to be moving to full coeducation from the age of 13. There will be girls in every year group from September 2023. The pupil roll will grow over the next decade from 800 today to around 1,000, with the increase representing additional places for girls. We have all seen first-hand the benefits of coeducation in our Sixth Form, which is highly regarded by both boys and girls. We now want to extend those social, cultural and academic advantages to the whole community. With our move to coeducation we aim to bring out the very best in all pupils, in all years.

Mission Statement for Support Staff

To deliver excellent cost-effective non-teaching support to all stakeholders in order to assist in achieving the educational experience set out in the School’s vision and development strategy.

The Grounds at Charterhouse

Our stunning grounds cover 250 acres and comprise 135 acres of playing fields including 16 football pitches, 1 rugby pitch, 1 lacrosse pitch, 9 cricket squares, all-weather cricket nets, 13 hard tennis courts (due to increase to 15), 12 all-weather tennis courts, 3 all-weather hockey pitches, 1 athletics tartan running track plus field sports areas. There is a 35-acre 9-hole golf course covering 2,576 yards. Ornamental lawns and gardens are present in and around the school buildings, boarding houses and the Old Headmaster’s Garden. There are also 60 acres of woodlands, some of which are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Basic Purpose of the Job

To undertake the maintenance of sports surfaces including artificial playing surfaces, amenity areas and
woodland areas to a high standard.

Main Duties

Grounds

  • To undertake routine preparation and maintenance work on a range of sports facilities and surfaces (this will include football, cricket, golf, artificial surfaces etc.)
  • To set up sports pitches and amenity surfaces and undertake minor construction and landscaping work.
  • To operate a range of modern turf machinery, ensuring vehicles and equipment used by yourself and others are regularly maintained, in accordance with routine operating requirements.
  • To operate a range of powered hand tools such as strimmers, hedge cutters and flymo.
  • To undertake a range of horticultural operations such as spreading of fertilisers (granular or liquid)
  • To maintain hedges around the estate.
  • In autumn/winter ensure leaves are cleared.
  • To clear snow and apply salt in icy conditions during the winter months.
  • To undertake a range of tree and woodland maintenance operations.
  • To maintain and repair boundary and internal fencing as and when required.
  • To work outside normal school hours, including regular weekend duties, with due notice being given.

Health & Safety

  • To follow and comply with health and safety policies and have a sound knowledge of appropriate PUWER and LOLER procedures.
  • To ensure the safe use, storage, calibration and disposal of pesticides and other similar substances (COSHH regulations).
  • Ensure work area is kept clean, tidy and secure at all times.
  • To maintain an accurate log of HAV’s usage.
  • To carry out machinery risk assessment as per procedures in place (e.g. chainsaw risk assessment).
  • To keep up to date knowledge of Health & Safety legislation.
  • To attend any mandatory training as and when required.

Additional duties

  • To be able to communicate effectively with school management, pupils and general public with tact, diplomacy and patience.
  • To log and update daily and weekly tasks using the IT software programme as well as checking the grounds email account on a regular basis.
  • To inform the line manager when products and materials are low for ordering.
  • Carry out such other tasks deemed necessary and reasonable within the Grounds Department at the Grounds Manager’s discretion.

Person Specification

Relevant Experience/Knowledge & Technical Competencies

Essential

  • A can do attitude and a readiness to work.

Desirable

  • Hold recognised groundskeeping qualifications
  • Basic Health and Safety training
  • Experience in sports turf maintenance

Qualifications

Desirable

  • Hold recognized groundskeeping qualifications. E.g Level 2 in sports turfmanagement
  • Qualifications and/or training in the use of powered machinery, COSHH, manual handling although training can be given in these areas if required
  • Spraying qualification Pa1 and Pa6
  • Good standard of general education, numeracy and literacy

Personal Competencies / Skills

  • Physically fit as this role requires extensive manual handling
  • Able to understand and follow instructions
  • Able to work on own initiative and unsupervised
  • Thrives on attention to detail and a completer-finisher
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Enjoys teamwork and is a team player

Heads of Terms

Salary

Competitive and in line with industry guidelines.

Working hours

Normal working days are Monday to Friday (07:30-16:30), throughout the year with the need for periodic outside normal working hours, including weekend duties, as required by the Grounds Manager, reasonable notice having been given.

Safeguarding

Working in a School environment, the jobholder is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are responsible or with whom they come into contact and are expected to adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policies at all times. If, in the course of carrying out the duties of the post, the Job Holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School they must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Benefits of Employment

  • Automatic enrolment into Charterhouse’s contributory workplace pension scheme
  • Lunches when available
  • 5 weeks’ paid holiday plus statutory English Bank Holidays. It may not be possible to take public holidays during term-time, and time off will be given in lieu.
  • Membership of School Sports Centre
  • Participation in Cycle to Work scheme (subject to eligibility)
  • Membership of School’s 9 hole golf course at reduced subscription
  • Death in service benefit
  • Personal Accident Insurance
  • Access to an Employee Assistant Programme
  • Support for professional development and training

Notice

Two (2) weeks during probationary period (which is normally six months). Once the appointment is confirmed both parties are required to give at least 4 weeks’ notice on either side.

Application

Applications should be made in accordance with the School’s application and recruitment procedures (available on the website – https://www.charterhouse.org.uk/about-us/employment-opportunities )

Interview and Selection Process

If you are invited to interview this will be conducted in person and the areas which it will explore will include suitability to work with children.

Interview outline:

  • At least 1 interview with line manager and member of HR team
  • Tour of the School with member of the Grounds team
  • Technical skills assessment (where appropriate)

Closing date for applications is 24 October 2021
Interviews will be held on 28 and 29 October 2021.