Head Grounds Person


    Prior's Court

    As Head Grounds Person your role is to develop, manage and maintain the grounds and gardens at Prior’s Court to the highest possible standard.

    An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Estates team at Prior’s Court to support the school as Head Grounds Person, with grounds experience or formal Horticultural qualifications, ideally qualified Level 3 C&G, but not essential.  The responsibilities are varied and would provide the opportunity to work across a commercial and domestic setting. 

    The postholder will be directly responsible to the Facilities Manager, advising him/her on a regular basis on the management and upkeep of the grounds and gardens along with supervision and day to day management of the Grounds Team.  Highlighted below are some of the day to day responsibilities

    • Develop and maintain the grounds, among other tasks, cutting and mowing, and treating with chemicals (weed-killing and fertilising).
    • Maintain the ancillary areas (including paths), including clearing leaves and other debris, moss killing, weed-killing, and hedge, shrub and tree planting, pruning, cutting and felling.  You are responsible for all flower beds and lawns, ensuring that they are kept to the highest possible standard and condition.
    • Maintenance and clearing of all storm drains, gulley’s and ground level drains. Ensuring all external signage is clean, visible and in good condition.
    • Fencing.  Ensuring that all school fencing is safe and secure, replacing damaged fencing, and installation of new.
    • Snow and ice clearance in designated areas when necessary.  This may have to be done at periods prior to the start of the school day when necessary to ensure that the school can function effectively at the start of the day.  Additionally, ensuring the maintenance and care of footpaths and walkways including salting and gritting during cold weather spells.
    • Maintenance of grounds machinery.  You are to ensure that all the grounds and garden machinery is kept well maintained and safe.
    • Assisting the Facilities, and Estates manager in contacting materials suppliers, if required making contact with and liaising with contractors, and ordering materials / supplies.
    • Carry out any reasonable request by Line Management or Senior Leadership Team.
    • You are responsible for all health and safety matters concerning the grounds equipment and materials.
    • You are to ensure that all necessary Risk Assessments and COSHH documentation are completed, method statements and risk assessments in liaison with the Facilities Manager, that they are regularly reviewed
    • You are responsible for the safe and effective use, maintenance and security of the grounds plant and gardening equipment.  You should maintain records of all machinery, tools and equipment including details of servicing, repair and breakages
    • You are responsible for the safe and secure storage, management and use of consumables such as fuel, oils and lubricants, chemicals and seed, and equipment and tools, both mechanical and manual.
    • Working with the Estates Manager to prepare and manage the Grounds department budget.
    • You will provide support for Young People in horticultural based work placement and life skill training.

    This position is a 38 hour working week across 2 shift patterns (see below)


    Week 1: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

    Week 2: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday