PROUD of The Hatton Way; Learning, Growing, Achieving Together

Grounds Caretaker

Starting Date:  As soon as possible

Are you looking for change and a new challenge? Would you like to maintain and improve the outdoor environment for all pupils attending our special needs school?  Do you want a part-time position? We can offer you all of this and so much more at Hatton Special School. 

Hatton is a large primary special school in the London Borough of Redbridge (outer London).  Our pupils are aged 3-11 with a range of complex needs including autism, social communication difficulties, downs syndrome and other learning difficulties.  The School was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2018. Our pupils are amazing and work very hard to achieve small and big steps of progress over time. They are supported by a dedicated staff team and we stand by our ethos of “Learning, Growing & Achieving Together”; we value teamwork and support one another to develop.  Although our staff are amazing and have developed some fantastic practices in working with our pupils, we do not sit back. We are continually striving to further develop the learning opportunities we provide for our pupils.

Currently we are seeking to recruit a Grounds Caretaker. Applications are invited from enthusiastic, passionate individuals who have a genuine interest in taking care of and improving the school grounds. The Grounds Caretaker post will require working autonomously under the direction of the School Business Leader to maintain the school grounds on a daily basis ensuring everywhere is kept clean and safe and provides an inviting environment for the pupils, staff and visitors attending the school.  Experience of general cleaning / gardening / handiwork in a paid or voluntary capacity is desirable.  This is a physically active job; the role will include litter picking, sweeping / power washing external areas, cleaning apparatus, moving items, small scale gardening and repairs. You need to be conscientious, reliable, hard-working and be able to work on your own initiative as well as being able to follow instructions.

Hatton staff have access to:

  • A commitment to ongoing professional development
  • A well-resourced school
  • Supportive and enthusiastic colleagues and governors
  • Staff social events
  • Well-being support

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This includes the need to become familiar with school policies immediately upon appointment and to follow the school’s procedures in relation to safeguarding. 

This post is considered to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The school therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the person specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages. The school is committed to equality and diversity in employment practice and service delivery.

Offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS Certificate and other employment checks. References will be requested for those short listed ONLY and prior to interview. 

Application forms should be returned to: CVs are not accepted.

Closing date:      Monday 1st March 2021 @ 08h00am

Interviews:         Wednesday 10th March 2021


Please ensure you attach a thorough supporting letter, which states how you meet the person specification for this role.


Click here for:  Job description 

                        Person specification 

                        Application form

 Letter from Headteacher