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School Cleaner Job Vacancies


Required to start as soon as possible

Job Ref: XS 1.6

Grade 1  SCP 1    £9.50 per hour

2.5 to 4 hours per day starting at 2.45pm –  Monday to Friday 

Term time only plus 5 staff training days plus 2 weeks in the Summer Holidays

Permanent Position

We are looking for School Cleaners to join our FUS team. Previous experience in basic cleaning methods and the use of associated materials is desirable. Full training will be given.

Application Form and Job Description available via Dorset For You.  If you require any further information, please contact Andrea Baxter in the Personnel Office on 01202 871243

Closing date:    Midnight Sunday 9th October 2022

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check (formerly CRB) in line with the Governments safer recruitment guidelines.

Ferndown Upper School values the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

This role is UK based and your Right to Work will need to be established as part of the appointment process.

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974. The amendments to the ROA 1974 (Exceptions Order 1975, (2013 and 2020) provide that when applying for certain jobs and activities, certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’, so they do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. The MOJ’s guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the Exceptions Order 1975, provides information about which convictions must be declared during job applications and related exceptions and further information about filtering offences can be found in the DBS filtering guide.

Ferndown Upper School will conduct online searches of shortlisted candidates. This check will be part of a safeguarding check, and the search will purely be based on whether an individual is suitable to work with children. As care must be taken to avoid unconscious bias and any risk of discrimination, a person who will not be on the appointment panel will conduct the searches and will only share information if and when findings are relevant and of concern.

Job Description

Job title: School Cleaner
Job ref: XS 1.6
Grade: Dorset Grade 1
Reports to: Caretaker / Cleaner in charge / Headteacher or other nominated member of staff

Main job purpose
To undertake general cleaning duties to provide a clean, hygienic and safe environment for teaching and other
school activities.
Main responsibilities and duties

  1. To carry out cleaning tasks set out in the school’s cleaning schedule
  2. To use all cleaning materials and equipment in a safe and proper manner and in accordance with any
    instructions and specifications provided.
  3. To report the breakdown of any cleaning equipment or any perceived hazards in the workplace to the
    Headteacher (or other nominated supervisor).
  4. To observe health and safety and security requirements.
  5. To complete any appropriate records or documentation required by the Headteacher
  6. To maintain good working relationships with other school staff and to co-operate with reasonable changes
    to daily work routines to assist the smooth operation of the school.
  7. To ensure that work undertaken complies with stated requirements and undertake appropriate training, as
  8. Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the school’s
    safeguarding and child protection policy.
  9. Such other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as may be required by the Headteacher (or other
    nominated supervisor)
    Knowledge & skills
    No formal qualifications or previous experience is required. Initial training in basic cleaning methods and the
    use of associated materials and equipment will be provided within the induction period and further training
    provided thereafter, as required.
    Supervision & management
    The postholder will be expected to work with limited supervision to an established work pattern. Variations in
    work requirements or allocation will be determined by the Headteacher/Cleaner.
    Key contacts & relationships
    Regular contact with the Headteacher, Caretaker and other cleaning staff regarding cleaning duties. General
    contact with other school staff.

Decision making

The postholder is expected to report and record any problems involving cleaning materials equipment breakdown, health and safety matters or suchlike t o the Headteacher/Caretaker in line with existing policy and practice.


Cleaning equipment, e.g. buffing machine and chemicals will be used regularly to undertake duties. Training and appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided.

Working environment

Daily use of cleaning equipment, chemicals and machinery. In addition to the cleaning tasks, some lifting is required. Routine cleaning may include the movement and handling of cleaning equipment, machinery and school furniture.

The cleaning duties will be undertaken indoors on school premises. On occasions, this may involve cleaning vomit or excrement from toilet areas.

Approval Prepared by Chris Matthews Designation Pay and Reward Manager