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Job Ref No. ECC0-74 Position Type: Caretaker/Site Managers Pay Range: £19,157
Position Start Date: 31/08/2022 Contract Type: Full-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 24/08/2022 Midnight Date of Interviews: September 2022  

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Location: Doucecroft School

Salary: £19,157 per annum (£17,557 for term time only working)

Hours: Full-time 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year (term time only working will be considered)

Job ref: D250

Autism Anglia's Doucecroft School provides education and care for children and young people with autistic spectrum condition. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity who provide to their staff ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

In line with other members of the site team, you will have responsibility for general maintenance and upkeep of the school, the grounds and decor across the whole property, adhering to the Health and Safety protocols at all times. You will also be involved in simple vehicle maintenance and upkeep, and be able to provide solutions to straight forward general school maintenance issues that arise.

Your main duties will include:

Completion of jobs allocated through our 'Vantage' workflow / allocation system, as designated to you by the site manager.
Reporting of any issues that may require escalation or the need to be brought to the attention of managers in the school, including health and safety issues.
Proactively look for and undertake any visible maintenance issues or concerns, including internal and external buildings and features, plus the general upkeep of the grounds that are not undertaking by external contractors.
Develop a thorough knowledge of all the buildings, grounds and equipment in order to carry out all aspects of the job thoroughly.
Conducting regular vehicle checks; oil, water, tyre pressures/wear and completing weekly checklists as appropriate, along with other light maintenance checks.


  • Experience as a handyman or in caretaking and building maintenance work, ideally in a school environment, especially in a 'special needs' setting.
  • Knowledge of basic site maintenance and good practices in building services, eg heating, plumbing, joinery, electrical fittings, decorating and vehicle maintenance
  • Knowledge of general Health & Safety regulations in the workplace
  • Ability to plan and prioritise a range of tasks, work on your own or off own initiative when needed.
  • It is essential that the successful applicant holds a full driving license.

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Fully paid induction programme
  • Learning & Development programmes, with nationally recognised qualifications;
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Casual dress code
  • Free parking at most sites
  • Flexible working hours (where possible) for study and time off given for job-related exams
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub,which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 mths)
  • Pension scheme
  • Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working or reasonable adjustments to support them.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults or children and expect all staff to share this commitment.This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

For all enhanced DBS roles, we are permitted to seek access to spent convictions under The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Exceptions Order 1975 (as amended 2013)

When you receive your DBS certificate you are required to register it with the DBS Updating Service will ensure that the status of your certificate can be checked at any point, without the need for going through the application / disclosure of documentary evidence again.

If no response is received within 3 weeks of a full application being submitted, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.

Information about the School

Doucecroft School is a specialist co-educational school for children and young people with autism and additional complex needs, age 3 –19 years. Established in 1977, we are experienced and successful in meeting the needs of students with wide-ranging strengths and needs, providing a nurturing environment where students are able to thrive and grow in independence and self-esteem.

Students can benefit from our flexible boarding provision or can attend school as day students and come from across the Anglia region and the London boroughs.

Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy are provided on-site by our experienced therapy team.

Doucecroft School is part of Autism Anglia, a regional charity working with children, adults and families affected by Autism.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

Information about the school

Contact Information

Marisa Brennan
Abbotts Lane
Eight Ash Green, Colchester
Essex, CO6 3QL
Telephone: 01206 771234

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