Contract Type: Full Time
Grounds Manager
Job Start Date: 2019-03-04
Salary: £30,000 p/a
School Type:
Independent Preparatory
School Size: 451-1000
School Age Range: 2-13
Pupil Gender: Mixed
Address: The Manor, Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham KT11 3PX
Ofsted Ranking: Independent School ISI Report


Key Responsibilities

The Grounds Manager will be the working deputy to the Assistant Bursar and responsible for the maintenance of all the Estates grounds, planned, practical and reactive, encompassing both landscaping (hard and soft) and sports surfaces (including artificial surfaces), displaying the school to best possible advantage while also ensuring safe and efficient running of the education of children.

Safeguarding of Children

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including references from previous employers, and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check at enhanced level and in compliance with Sections 15 -25 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (Eligibility to work in the UK) relevant checks will also be carried out.


To carry out duties as the Bursar may from time to time determine to fall within the remit of the post.

To work as part of a team to ensure the smooth running of the grounds.

To ensure that all gardens, woodlands and amenity areas are maintained to the highest standards.

Planting and keeping the herbaceous borders, rose garden, ladies walkway to a high standard at all times.

Providing high quality sports surface.

Be qualified in and maintain certification as required to allow safe use of chainsaws and other power equipment and machinery for all members of the department, in line with school policy and regulatory requirements as required and as agreed with the Assistant Bursar and Bursar.  Applicants must hold a minimum of a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Landscaping and Horticulture or equivalent and at least 3 years’ experience in a land-based environment.

To embrace and introduce all possible ecological systems as may be possible including energy efficiencies and sustainable systems and practices.

Grounds and Maintenance

Ensure the maintenance of the landscaping of the School and grounds is maintained to the highest standard. This may (inter alia) include:

  • Grass cutting and maintaining a clean and tidy appearance.
    Weed kill.
    Keep all hedges properly trimmed and to keep the ivy and other shrubs under control.
    Maintain the Adventure and Pre-prep Playgrounds.
    Keep Car Parks and other hard surfaces clean and tidy.
    Maintain all access areas to the Sports Block and playing fields.
    Cut the grass around all building as well as tending the flowerbeds, hanging baskets (including out of school hours).
    Maintain the Outdoor Learning Areas and Canoe Launch area which are used by the pupils
    Maintain all the woodland areas with the assistance of outside contractors.
    Clear leaves from around the site.
    Keeping all sheds, outbuildings and storage areas in a safe, clean and tidy condition.
    Clearing snow and gritting to ensure all pupils, visitors and staff have safe access.
    Cleaning and maintaining the school signs and lighting.
    Ensure all extraction vents and lighting are kept clean; replacing any defective lamps.
    Maintain gutter clearance to ensure rainwater flows without blockage.
    Ensure all surface and foul water drainage is maintained and repaired
    Ensure the School and Grounds are always clear from litter.
    Assist and chaperone all external contractors as required.
    Advise on the repair or replacement of faulty equipment.

Ensure the maintenance of the Sports Surfaces are maintained to the highest standard. This may (inter alia) include:

  • Setting up and marking out pitches for matches.
    Planning the maintenance and renovation of the tennis courts, playing fields and pitches.
    Painting and maintaining all posts, nets, corner flags etc (Rugby, Football and Hockey).
    Where relevant, attending to grounds maintenance contractors working on site.

Health and Safety

  • Report immediately any illness or an infectious nature or accident incurred by anyone on site.
    Understand and ensure the implementation of the H&S policy, emergency and fire procedures.
    Report any faulty appliances, damaged furniture or equipment and any potential hazard to the Assistant Bursar.


  • Effective line management of the Estates Team in liaison with the Assistant Bursar (Estates).
    Debris collected, including grass cuttings and leaves, is to be disposed of in the ‘loop’ area.
    Ensure the bonfire area is to be maintained in a safe and tidy condition.
    Manage and assist in the general maintenance of the property, including the maintenance of fences.
    Promote and ensure the good reputation of the School both on and offsite.
    Maintain and demonstrate a positive attitude towards pupils, staff and others.
    Ensure that all equipment used is clean and well maintained and put away after use.
    Demonstrate non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work
    Notify the Assistant Bursar as soon as possible of the inability to work.
    Maintain complete confidentiality of all matters concerning the School, pupils, staff and related work
    Participate in staff, meetings and attend training and inset sessions as required.
    Participate in agreed systems of appraisal and individual performance review
    Work with the Assistant Bursar (Estates) to ensure the security of the School is maintained at all times.
    Report any faulty appliances, damaged furniture/equipment and any other potential hazards to the Assistant Bursar (Estates).

Other Duties

Duties include:

·       Unlocking the School Site – either morning or evening (or both).

·       Preparation for school and PSE functions in and out of contractual hours.

·       Drive the school mini bus (penalty-free D1 Licence required).

Salary and Hours of Work

To be agreed as there is some flexibility around hours worked.

The successful applicant will need a degree of flexibility as some out of hours and weekend work maybe required, along with assisting the PSE staff when required.

The annual salary is £30,000 per annum.

Personal Attributes

Ability to manage and motivate people.

Excellent attention to detail.

Punctual, reliable, hard-working, trustworthy, and discreet.

Ability to prioritise and organize both individual and team work commitments.

Awareness of the responsibilities of working in an environment with young people.

Ability to follow and implement instructions and work routines.

Self-motivated, with an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Application Process

Please complete the Application Form on the school’s web site and send with a covering letter either by post to the Mrs Eve-Lucille McCann, Bursar, Parkside School, Stoke d’Abernon, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 3PX or by email to


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About Parkside School

Today we pride ourselves on the fact that this traditional yet so important set of values is still very much part of the school’s ethos. Although celebrating all that is traditional, the school continues to adapt its curriculum to modern times. “Built on Tradition – Embracing the Future” represents our belief in developing the core values in our pupils that will prepare them for their journey ahead in life.

Whilst being very proud of our history, Parkside’s aim has always been to be aspirational for its pupils by offering them a challenging, innovative, exciting and creative curriculum.

Parkside is now a thriving preparatory school for boys aged from 4 to 13, with an on-site co-educational nursery. Set in beautiful grounds on the outskirts of Cobham, the school provides a stimulating environment in which boys can learn, grow and develop. We allow the boys to make the most of their abilities, interests and talents by showing them the joy of learning supported by a dedicated teaching team. Although strong examination results are, of course, important to us we also want pupils to leave Parkside as happy, self-confident, grounded and independent boys. If we have achieved this, then we have succeeded.