Head of Grounds
Head of Grounds
St Helen’s School is looking for a Head of Grounds to manage our beautiful 20+ acre site following the retirement of our current Head of Grounds. This is a broad role and an opportunity to shape the grounds of this prestigious independent school.
£32000-37000 per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience
The Head of Grounds reports to the Estates Manager and is responsible for a small team consisting of:
2 x full time Groundsmen
1 x part time Groundsman
• Prepare annual plan for the grounds and implement approved plan to enhance and maintain all landscape aspects of the Estate
• Review and update planting and design schemes and source materials and plants
• ‘Hands on’ grounds and gardening work as required
• Manage and lead Grounds team including conducting performance reviews and objective setting
• Ensure Grounds team are trained and developed as appropriate
• Ensure the Grounds team are motivated to work as a team and to be efficient and
effective at all times
• Prepare and manage annual budget and Grounds plan with the Estates Manager
• Liaise with contractors for tendering and scheduling work, ensuring the School receives value for money from contactors
• Manage any appointed contractors, ensuring they are appropriately supervised and compliant with all necessary policies and procedures in line with the School’s Contractor Management Policy
• Maintain equipment inventory and organise equipment maintenance and replacement as required
Health & Safety
• Ensure all relevant Health and Safety policies and arrangements are implemented and appropriate risk assessments are written, reviewed and implemented
• Prepare and review machinery and activity risk assessments at least annually.
• Ensure machines are maintained as required
• Ensure the team is qualified and appropriately trained for the work they carry out
• Ensure safety checks are carried out at mandatory times eg. tree surveys, playground equipment checks
• Identify hazards to outdoor areas caused by changing weather conditions and react appropriately ensuring the safety of pupils, staff and visitors at all times.
• Provide horticultural advice and help to other departments of the School including outdoor learning support, demonstrations and materials
• Assist with the rest of the Grounds team, maintenance and porter teams with furniture and/or equipment moving for major events
• Keep abreast of relevant best practice in Grounds maintenance and landscaping
• Promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people, by adhering to and ensuring compliance with the School’s child protection policy
• Assume other duties which may be reasonably required or delegated by the Estates
Manager from time to time
The role will be mix of ‘hands on’ working with a reasonable amount of office time. This will be dependent on the seasonal changes, resource levels, School and event requirements.