Head of Grounds

Head of Grounds

Head of Grounds


Line Manager:  Bursar




Holiday Entitlement:  25 days paid holiday




Notice period:  2 months




Salary Scale:  Competitive depending on experience and qualifications




Hours to be worked:


40 hours per week as follows:


Monday to Friday     7.30am – 3.30pm  (to include a 30 minute paid lunch break)




General description of job:


Responsible for management of the Grounds team within the Estates Department.  The Head of Grounds is responsible for the daily upkeep of the School grounds to include sports pitches, astro pitches, gardens, woodland and all other areas of the School Estate.


Line management responsibility for 3 direct reports (please see the structure chart for further details).







Main Tasks


  • To maintain a short, medium and long-term plan for the maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, to include costing and resource requirements.
  • To maintain an equipment maintenance plan, to include servicing schedules, costs and forecasting when equipment is likely to be required to be replaced and costs.
  • Responsibility for preparing and maintaining the sports facilities including astro turf, pitches, golf course, wildlife habitats, ponds, woodlands, gardens and play areas to recognised national standards and to the satisfaction of all users and in keeping with the status of the school.
  • Supervise the Junior Groundsperson & Apprentice Groundsperson ensuring working standards, procedures and professional standards are being met and maintained.
  • Maintain development plans for direct reports, setting annual objectives and completing annual appraisals.
  • Working with different types of machinery and equipment to prepare, maintain and mark out football, rugby, cricket and hockey pitches, as well as artificial surfaces.
  • Assist with the upkeep of all trees and major hedges as well as clearing leaves and weeds as required.
  • Prepare all external areas for use by the School as required.
  • To plan and implement for enhancement and improvement of the School grounds.
  • To assist with specific projects in the development of the grounds and gardens of the School, specifying materials and services as required.
  • Ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare of the post holder as well as those he / she comes into contact with at all times.
  • Undertaking general maintenance of equipment.
  • Ensuring all equipment, machinery and grounds buildings are kept secure.
  • Keeping the Estates Building tidy and organised.
  • Responding to emergency calls during hours of work to assist as required.
  • Clear leaves, snow, ice, moss and detritus as required including treating surfaces with salt.
  • Follow COSHH legislation regarding chemicals and dangerous substances.
  • Setting up and clearing tents and gazebos for school functions and activities.
  • All other duties as assigned by the Estates Manager and Bursar.


Safeguarding of Children

  • All staff are responsible for the safeguarding and wellbeing of children in line with the School’s Safeguarding (Child Protection) Policy.



Essential qualifications:


One of the following qualifications, or its equivalent, is required:

  • NVQ  Level 2 in Sports Turf maintenance / amenity management
  • IOG National Intermediate Diploma
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • City & Guilds Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture




Desirable qualifications:

  • Level 3 Technical Diploma in Turf Surface Management or other relevant Level 3 qualification
  • PA1, PA2 and PA6A spraying certificate
  • CS30 and CS31 chainsaw certificate
  • Pool Plant Operators certificate



Essential competencies:

  • Detailed knowledge of the preparation of sports pitches including cricket pitch preparation.
  • An understanding of sports pitch marking.
  • Health & Safety knowledge and awareness.
  • Strong line manager with an ability to support staff development.
  • Experience of working and maintaining machinery including an ability to make small repairs when required.
  • Able to work without supervision and prioritise workload according to weather conditions and school sports fixtures.
  • Physically fit in order to meet the physical demands of the role.
  • Willingness to work outside in all conditions as required.
  • Ability to follow instructions and complete tasks effectively.
  • Good attention to detail and pride in workmanship.
  • Motivated with a flexible attitude and willingness to learn.
  • Honest and reliable with good communication skills.
  • Strong team player willing to support others.
  • Enthusiastic and willing to turn your hand to anything as required in order to support the School and the pupils.
  • Able to engage and communicate effectively and politely with pupils, staff, parents and visitors.
  • Punctual and reliable.


Desirable competencies:

  • Previous experience of working in a similar position in a School or similar organisation.
  • Experience of working with synthetic sports pitches and surfaces.
  • Knowledge of testing and operating a swimming pool.
  • Experience of driving a minibus.



Employee Benefits include:

  • Support Staff Pension Scheme.
  • Complementary coffee and tea during the working day during term-time.
  • Complementary lunch as provided to the children during term-time.
  • Free car parking on site.
  • Employee Assistance Programme providing free advice and support to all employees on a wide range of issues.



Pinewood School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.