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Site Manager

  • Organisation
  • St John's Meads Church of England Primary School
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Eastbourne
  • Salary
  • £22,541 - £23,073 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 18/06/2024
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Part Time
  • Hours
  • 30
  • Job type
  • Support Staff - Education
  • Job reference
  • ACAD/TP/247317/41031
  • Job reference
  • ACAD/TP/247317/41031
  • Number of positions
  • 1
  • Location
  • Eastbourne
  • Salary
  • £22,541 - £23,073 per annum
  • Closing date
  • 18/06/2024
  • Organisation
  • St John's Meads Church of England Primary School
  • Contract type
  • Permanent
  • Work pattern
  • Part Time
  • Hours
  • 30
  • Job type
  • Support Staff - Education

Hours of work: 30
Working pattern: Part-time

Closing date: 9am Tuesday 18 June 2024

For more information and to apply for the above post, please contact:
St John's Meads Church of England Primary School
Rowsley Road
East Sussex
BN20 7XS

Phone:   01323 730255
Email:     office@sjm.academy
Website: sjm.academy

Please note, we do not accept CVs.

This post is covered by the Childcare Disqualification Regulations 2018.  

The school will need to ensure that they are not knowingly employing a person who is disqualified under the 2018 Regulations in connection with relevant childcare provision.  Accordingly, the successful candidate will be required to demonstrate to the school, by completing a self-declaration form as part of the pre-employment checks process, that they have not been disqualified under the 2018 Regulations.  

If the preferred candidate is found to be disqualified under the 2018 Regulations, the offer of employment will be subject to the application by the preferred candidate to Ofsted for a waiver and the receipt of a waiver from Ofsted.  

Job description: Site Manager


We are a friendly and caring one-form entry school for children aged 4-11 years, with a strong community feel, and a Christian ethos.


We are looking for a practical person, with the skills and experience to undertake the roles and responsibilities of a school caretaker / site manager.


Job details


Job title: Site Manager


Salary: FTE £27,829 to £28,486 (Grade 7, points 18 to 19) 

Actual £22,541 to £23,073


Hours: 30 hours per week, 27 days holiday (plus bank holidays)

Hours of work to be by mutual agreement


Contract type: Permanent


Reporting to: School Business Manager


Main purpose

The Site Manager is responsible for:

  • Maintaining clean, safe and secure school premises, which includes buildings and grounds
  • Carrying out some cleaning, handyperson activities, routine maintenance and refurbishment, porterage, and minor repairs
  • Identifying and escalating concerns about areas for improvement on the estate
  • Promoting health and safety around the school ensuring the school policies and procedures are followed in respect of the site management
  • All other aspects of site management, such as supervising external contractors, and site use and development planning


Duties and responsibilities

General duties

  • Carry out porterage duties, such as moving furniture and equipment around the school
  • Maintain the general school premises, furniture and fittings, and report any issues to the School Business Manager
  • Carry out small repairs and DIY projects
  • Assist with arrangement of larger repairs and obtaining quotes from contractors
  • Advise on site development projects and make recommendations on site use
  • Undertake on-going training relevant to the post, in-line with the demands of the position, and to ensure awareness of, and compliance with, legislation applicable to the role



  • Carry out daily cleaning and ad-hoc duties, such as litter picking and arranging the disposal of waste
  • Carry out emergency cleaning duties, such as gritting and cleaning up spillages
  • Arrange an annual deep clean of classrooms, staffrooms, kitchen, dining areas, food tech areas and other frequently used spaces on school premises
  • Take responsibility of the maintenance of cleaning tools and products, including arranging replacements and ensuring good stock levels



  • Maintain the security of the school premises as the main key holder 
  • Lock and unlock the premises as required, including out of school hours when necessary
  • Check at the end of the day that all windows, doors and gates are locked, lights switched off, and gas and electrical appliances are turned off
  • Set security alarm systems, report any potential security breaches, and respond to any alarms or other call-outs following agreed procedures
  • Carry out regular checks of CCTV and alarm systems, locks, fire safety appliances, security gates and perimeter fencing, and ensure any necessary repairs are actioned
  • Advise the headteacher on all matters relating to school security and safety 


Health and safety

  • Ensure a safe working and learning environment in accordance with relevant legislation 
  • Follow and ensure adherence with any statutory guidance and documentation, such as asbestos surveys and registers to ensure no breaches
  • Carry out regular health and safety checks and record these on the schools health and safety system, including on legionella risk, play equipment, safety equipment, and any hazards on school premises
  • Reports condition and any health and safety issues to appropriate colleagues
  • Provide safe access to the school in cold weather conditions
  • Monitor the work of contractors, ensuring safe working practice and quality of work



  • Be committed to the safeguarding and promotion of the welfare of children and young people
  • Comply with the policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, security, confidentiality and data protection, and equal opportunities, and report all concerns to an appropriate person
  • Take appropriate action to identify, evaluate and minimise any risks to health, safety and security in the school working environment
  • Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school
  • To respect the confidentiality at all times of all matters relating to the school, pupils and staff
  • Be aware of and support difference and help ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop
  • Establish constructive relationships and communication with all staff and other agencies/professionals
  • Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others
  • Participate in training and other learning activities and performance development as required
  • Monitor cleaning contractors to check that they carry out their duties professionally and effectively
  • Ensure contractors and external visitors comply with security and health and safety while on school premises
  • Keep the school grounds free from weeds, and undertake some gardening in the planted areas
  • Organise the maintenance of the school playing field, including grass cutting and white lining contractors, maintaining and cleaning the outbuildings, and other tasks necessary to ensure the safe use of the field by staff and students
  • To be an active member of the school’s Crisis Management Team, which would involve being on call for emergencies

To undertake such other duties appropriate to the post as may from time to time be required to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the school

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but a guide to the main responsibilities of this post. All appointed staff will need to be flexible in order to meet the changing needs of our school.


  • St Johns Meads CE Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
  • All successful candidates will be subject to DBS checks, along with other relevant employment checks. Notwithstanding the details in this job description, the job holder will undertake such duties as may be determined by the Headteacher from time to time, up to, or on a level consistent with, the principal responsibilities of the job.


Please note that this list of duties is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role.  It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the site manager will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role, as directed by the headteacher or the school business manager.


Closing date 9am Tuesday 18th June, with interviews on Thursday 20th June.


For more information and an application pack, please contact the school office on 01323 730255 or via office@sjm.academy

Additional Information

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All staff will be expected to hold or be willing to obtain an enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau).

For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check.

All school based staff have the responsibility for promoting the safeguarding and welfare of children.  All school staff should be aware of the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and work in accordance with this document at all times.