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Maintenance Operative - job post

West Buckland School
Barnstaple EX32

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Job type

  • Full-time

Shift and schedule

  • 8 hour shift
  • Weekend availability
  • Monday to Friday


Barnstaple EX32

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  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Flexible schedule
  • Gym membership
  • Life insurance
  • On-site gym

Full job description

This post presents an exciting opportunity for a skilled maintenance person, preferably with electrical or plumbing experience, to join our team at a well-established independent school set in the foothills of Exmoor and the North Devon coastline.

You will join a team of four maintenance staff and assist in the day-to-day operational running of the school buildings, in both term time and school holidays. A good basic knowledge of health and safety is expected.

Main Responsibilities

  • To undertake the day to day planned and reactive maintenance work associated with the upkeep and improvement of the school’s estate.
  • To respond to fire alarms while on duty, investigate and operate control panels as required
  • To carry out daily checks on boilers and to undertake other statutory checks across site
  • To comply with any reasonable request from the Facilities Manager or Maintenance Manager to undertake work of a similar level not specified in this job description.
  • General carpentry maintenance
  • Constructing new timber-built items, roof repairs, cleaning and maintaining gutters, damp-proofing & below ground works
  • General building work, glazing, simple plumbing, concrete and plaster work etc.
  • Erecting & use of aluminium scaffold towers and other access equipment and happy to be working at height (genie boom operating experience beneficial but training provided)
  • Decorating, wall tiling and general finishing to new works.
  • Other duties as required from time-to-time as required by the Head of Maintenance.
  • A full clean driving licence is essential. (Site is rural and driving is required to fulfil duties)
  • The post holder may be reasonably required to perform duties other than those given in the job description for the post. The duties and responsibilities attached to posts may vary from time to time without changing the character of the duties or the level of the responsibility entailed.

The successful candidate will have a general facilities / maintenance skill set and ideally have a plumbing / electrical focus. The Line Manager for the Maintenance Operative is the Maintenance Manager who is responsible to the Estates and Operations Manager.

Hours of Work

This is a full-time role working 40 hours per week (5 days in 7). Some flexibility will be required to ensureadequate cover and the department is manned between 8.00 to 17.30. Therefore exact hours will be agreed with your manager.

Some on call out of hours maintenance cover may be required and is provided on a rota basis with the rest of the salaried maintenance team. Time off in lieu for additional hours worked may be claimed.


  • Competitive Salary
  • 25 days holiday
  • Open to job share applications
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Flexible hours
  • Free lunches
  • 50% school fee remission (pro rata)
  • Staff pension scheme
  • Life assurance after 3 months’ employment
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free use of onsite gym
  • Free use of onsite swimming pool
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Stunning environment
  • Staff wellbeing classes such as Pilates and instructed fitness sessions
  • Strong community spirit
  • Social events

Health & Safety

The post holder will be required to always adhere to all aspects of the School’s Health and Safety policies and procedures.

Early applications are encouraged, the School reserves the right to interview and appoint on receipt of strong applications.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounted or free food
  • Gym membership
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekend availability

Work authorisation:

  • United Kingdom (required)

Work Location: In person

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