Apprentice School Keeper The Breakspear School

An Apprentice School Keeper is required to assist the School Keeper to provide an effective caretaking service for the school. Duties include: ensuring that the school provides a clean, secure, and well-maintained environment for its pupils and staff, providing site support as the school needs it, and dealing with enquiries from the school community and external visitors as appropriate.

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Closing date: 23 Jun 2023

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


  • Working week

    Monday - Friday, work patterns will vary but will be between 07:00 and 18:00. Shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 36.0

  • Expected duration

    13 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Jul 2023

  • Date posted

    04 May 2023

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

  • To ensure that the buildings and site are left in a secure situation, which includes locking/unlocking of school gates and external and internal doors and closing windows
  • To alert the school keeper to any risk to a breach of security
  • To patrol the site to check for hazards, damages and intruders
  • To ensure that lighting is kept in good working order
  • To replace defective/inoperative light bulbs and tubes as appropriate
  • To report to the school keeper any need for repair work or alteration to electrical systems as appropriate
    To operate the boiler system if required, in the absence of the school keeper, where appropriate
  • To assist the school keeper to carry out such minor maintenance work and repairs that do not require the employment of a contractor
  • To liaise with the school keeper on a regular basis regarding caretaking requirements and duties/problems/developments in the school
  • To undertake such cleaning tasks as required, for example toilets
  • Whilst on duty, to liaise with any cleaners to generally oversee the standard of cleaning throughout the buildings, as necessary, to maintain standards
  • To keep the school keeper informed if cleaning standards have not been achieved
  • To notify the school keeper if stocks of cleaning and allied materials required by the school, are running low
  • To restock towels, soap and toilet paper in toilets, washrooms, classrooms with sinks, etc.
  • To be responsible, within reason, for the removal of simple toilet blockages
  • To assist in ensuring an efficient porterage service, to include the receipt, transporting and storage of goods that have been delivered to the site and the movement of all furniture and equipment
  • To undertake any other lifting tasks required by the School. Where
    necessary, to arrange for the disposal of redundant furniture and equipment as directed in accordance with school procedures
  • To ensure that playgrounds, paths and driveways are in a satisfactory condition
  • Snow clearing and salting as required
  • Deal with the results of vandalism, advising the school keeper on any necessary preventative measures or repair work
  • Remove graffiti where possible from all areas, windows and other surfaces as required
    Clean floors and/or furnishings after any sickness has occurred during the postholder’s active duty period
  • General supervision of the playgrounds and open areas surrounding the premises
  • To cover lettings of school premises as appropriate whilst on duty, including opening and locking up and general supervision to ensure that the premises are left in a clean and tidy condition at the end of the letting
  • In the absence of the school keeper, to assist contractors with any general queries as appropriate
  • To assist the school keeper on the supervision of premises whilst contractors are on site during active duty hours, including opening and closing of the school and, within reason, report any damage made to the fabric of the building, furniture or fittings
  • To ensure caretaking duties are undertaken in accordance with Health and Safety legislation and to wear protective clothing as required.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

  • Facilities Services Operative Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
  • Functional Skills English and/or maths, if not exempt.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

After successful completion of the apprenticeship you may apply for a full-time role if there is one available within the organisation.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Customer care skills, Problem solving skills, Administrative skills, Number skills, Logical, Team working, Initiative, Non judgemental, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade A-C/ 4-9) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade A-C/ 4-9) Desired

Things to consider

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

About the employer

We are committed to the provision of an ambitious, stimulating, and broad education for our pupils. We encourage a happy, friendly atmosphere in which the children thrive. With an emphasis on every child developing their abilities to the full, we seek to instil a love of learning, a sense of enquiry and the ability to think for oneself. It is an important aim of ours to support each child in their development of self-esteem, self- confidence, and respect of the needs of others. Our staff are professional, enthusiastic, and dedicated to supporting each child’s needs. They, together with the Governing Body and in partnership with parents, seek to provide the best possible school environment for all our pupils.


The Breakspear School


Bushey Road



UB10 8JA

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Training provider



Sarah Walker


Apprenticeship standard

Facilities services operative

Level 2 (GCSE)

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