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Our client is a school with a global reputation and inspiring facilities based in Shropshire. The Estates department is looking for an experienced and motivated Groundsperson to join their friendly and hardworking team. This is a full time, permanent and varied role which will involve assisting with the maintenance and development of the gardens and grounds.

The 110-acre grounds contain stunning architecture that compliments the natural beauty of ancient trees and open spaces that are meticulously maintained to a horticultural high standard by a dedicated Grounds and Gardens team. The grounds contain many elements including multiple sports pitches including football and rugby pitches, artificial hockey fields, grass squares and nets, artificial nets, cricket nets, as well as multiple tennis and netball courts. The trees, plants and green spaces at the school contribute to biodiversity and enrich the lives of all students and staff, with wildflower meadows and over 750 trees within the 50-acres of amenity areas.

The Groundsperson will play a contributing role in the success of the school by providing sports surfaces of the highest quality and by preserving and enhancing visual amenity of the school site. The successful applicant will be expected to become involved in a range of work including the maintenance of all sports surfaces to the highest possible standard for both playing and durability, this includes both grass and artificial surfaces. Working in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work

The successful applicant will be passionate about working outdoors and will have previous experience in groundsmanship/ horticulture ideally working in a public or private space. A spray certificate PA1/PA6 and chainsaw certificate would be advantageous for the role but not essential as training can be provided.  The Groundsperson will have good communication skills, enjoy working as part of a small team, as well as being able to use own initiative. Physical fitness and strength are required by all applicants as this role involves the ‘heavier’ side of garden maintenance, and the willingness to work outside in all weathers. He / She will have a good understanding of health and safety especially when using equipment and chemicals. Applicants will have excellent organisational skills with an ability to plan ahead.  They will have a flexible approach, have good attention to detail and able to demonstrate honesty and integrity in everything they do.

A competitive salary is provided as well as additional benefits such as free lunch during term-time, free car parking, free use of the school’s facilities when not in use by the pupils (library, swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, squash courts). 28 days paid holiday per calendar year including public holidays, pension, and life insurance scheme. The basic hours are 39 hours per week working during term-time and during school holidays. Normal working days are Monday to Thursday 8:am-5:00pm and from 8:00am to 4:00pm on a Friday with a 1-hour unpaid lunchbreak, however the Groundsperson will be expected to be flexible to meet the needs of the school. The successful applicant will be required to work on a rota basis through the terms as follows: Michaelmas and Lent – 1 weekend in every 6 Summer Term – 1 evening each week and 5 weekends through the 10-week term. These hours are in addition to the salary and claimable as overtime on a timesheet.

As the position is working at a school, all staff have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children with whom they come into contact and are required to adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. The successful applicant will be offered the role subject to the satisfactory completion of a number of background checks including but not limited to; an enhanced DBS check, the taking up and verification of references, the verification of career history and fitness to undertake the role. We also reserve the right to contact any previous employers for a reference.

SALARY:        Up to £24,500 depending on experience

LOCATION:   Shropshire

JOB No:          EC52176

If this Groundsperson vacancy is of interest, please apply or contact Sophie Sharpe on 01233 733510 or

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Thank you for the interest you have shown in this Groundsperson vacancy.  Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications that we receive, it is not possible to respond to every one.  Therefore, unless you hear from us within the next 14 days, your application for this Groundsperson vacancy will have been unsuccessful.