A school caretaker has a wide remit in terms of the duties he or she must carry out. The caretaker is the main key holder and is responsible for opening up the school each day this usually means an early start of around 6am since there will be routine duties to complete before the start of the school day. A school caretaker is responsible for maintaining the security of the school and will set alarms and CCTV cameras when the school is empty. He or she must respond when the alarms sound and will need to re-set them as necessary. This means that some out of hours work may be required.
At the end of each school day the caretaker will make sure all windows and doors are locked, and blinds are pulled down and the school gates are locked.
School caretakers are also responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of the school premises and grounds. This involves clearing playgrounds, grassy areas, entrances and other areas of debris and rubbish, making sure that rubbish is stored correctly.
The school caretaker must know the whereabouts of gas and electricity meters, also the location of stopcocks. He or she must maintain the boiler and set the heating for the school.
The caretaker is also responsible for cleaning glass at ground level, making some repairs e.g. to door handles and other fixtures and fittings and making sure that toilets and other areas are cleaned. The caretaker will have managerial responsibility for the cleaning staff and will be involved in their recruitment and oversee their rotas on a daily basis.
The caretaker should help around the school with general porterage duties and any special requests by members of staff. Each term he or she will need to provide the head teacher with a report on school maintenance, indicating any areas which require attention.
The qualities required for this job are:
Numeracy and communication skills
Ability to work under own initiative
Flexibility as regards working hours
Some DIY skills
Live in reasonable proximity to the school
Have CRB clearance
Pay ranges from around 6-7 per hour and a time sheet will need to be filled in according to hours worked.