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Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School

Wessex Gardens Primary & Nursery School



Salary Range:         £26,913 - £28,737 (Pay Award Pending) 

Pool Allowance:    £1,800 payable for pool maintenance work outside of the working hours                                         (subject to gaining pool plant qualification)

Hours:                     Full time 36 hours weekly / 52 weeks annually.  Additional hours paid at                                           Barnet Unified Reward overtime rate 

Start date:              January 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter


We are seeking to appoint a positive and self-motivated person who is able to take care of the school site which includes carrying out day-to-day building maintenance / minor improvements.   We require someone who will take pride in our school, and ensure that the school environment is safe and attractive for our school community. 

The main focus of the role is health and safety and the maintenance of the school building, the onsite swimming pool and grounds. Other duties include supporting senior leaders with health & safety audits and overseeing the statutory compliance cyclical maintenance contract.

We are looking for someone who

  • Has a positive attitude and can build excellent relationships with colleagues and the whole school community. 
  • Uses initiative and is a self-starter
  • Has a sound interest in health and safety. 
  • Has a clean driving licence
  • Can carry out routine maintenance and repairs. 

Experience of basic joinery, plumbing, repairs and maintenance would be an advantage, but not essential. 

You need to have a friendly and approachable personality, be able to motivate and inspire people as you will be responsible for managing our cleaning staff, and willing to attend training and work additional overtime hours as and when needed. 

We offer many opportunities for staff to develop their career within our friendly and supportive team, as well as an excellent Local Authority pension scheme and 30 days annual leave.

Informal visits to the school are encouraged. 

Please email with your contact details including your telephone number, and we will contact you to arrange a convenient time for the visit.   

Please download the job profile / person specification and application form.  When writing the personal statement refer to the person specification.  Please email the completed form to  In line with our safeguarding practices, we are unable to accept CV applications.      

We reserve the right to close this vacancy should we receive an overwhelming response. We, therefore, encourage applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible.  

Wessex Gardens Primary and Nursery 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 value and celebrate the cultural diversity of our school community, and we seek to promote equality of opportunity for all applicants.

Please note that if you are successful in your application, the offer of employment will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, two good safeguarding references (one of which must be from the current or most recent employer), medical clearance and a 6-month probationary period.  Disclosures include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions, spent or unspent.

This position is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended 2013 and 2020); pre-employment checks will be carried out, two references will be sought, and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check, medical clearance and other relevant checks with statutory bodies. 

The school complies with the DBS code of practice and has a DBS Policy which outlines the policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders, both of which are available on request. Shortlisted candidates will be required to declare any relevant convictions, adult cautions or other matters which may affect your suitability to work with children. As a result of amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (exceptions order 1975) in 2013 and 2020, some minor offences are now protected (filtered) and do not need to be disclosed – these offences will also not be taken into account by the school.

If you are currently living overseas, or have lived / worked overseas in the last five years, please be aware that you will be required to provide an overseas criminal record check from the country/countries you have resided in, if you are the preferred candidate for the post.

All qualifications will be verified to ensure the protection and safety of children and young people.