The Manchester Grammar School is seeking an experienced grounds person to be responsible for the preparation, upkeep and maintenance of the school grounds and sports pitches to the highest standards.

The successful candidate will have experience in grounds maintenance, preparation of sports pitches, use of horticultural machinery, driving a tractor and good working knowledge of Health and Safety.

The Manchester Grammar School is an independent boys’ school in Manchester with pupils aged 7 -18. The grounds and buildings cover an extensive area. With 1510 pupils and over 250 staff, the School is very busy, both during and outside the school day.

The School grounds cover an extensive area and consist of a large number of football and rugby pitches, cricket squares, training areas and tennis courts. Sport is a very important part of School life. Sports teams have extensive fixture lists with other schools and the School teams take part in a wide range of local and national competitions in many different sports. The Grounds team take great pride in the quality of our pitches.

There is a vacancy within the Grounds team for an experienced Grounds Person.

The job description is shown below:

Reporting to:
• The Grounds Manager
• The Estates Manager
• The Bursar

Liaison/ communication with:
• The grounds staff
• Teaching staff, especially sports staff
• Parents and pupils

Key areas of responsibility:

The Grounds Person will play a contributing role in the success of The Manchester Grammar School by providing sports surfaces of the highest quality and by preserving and enhancing the visual amenity of the whole school site.

Tasks will vary on a daily basis as determined by the Grounds Manager / Deputy Grounds Manager and will include:
• The preparation and maintenance of all sports ( Football, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis and Athletics ) over a combination of surfaces to include natural turf, fine turf, water based hockey, cricket astro turf and sports tarmac to the highest possible standards.
• The use of tractor mounted boom sprayer.
• The use of tractor mounted equipment for aeration, mowing and trailer work.
• The use of pedestrian and ride on cylinder, rotary mowers
• The use of hand held strimmers, leaf blowers and hedge trimmers.
• Initial and overmark line marking.
• Weed killing around the site.
• Application of Fertilizers and chemicals.
• To carry out gritting, salt spreading and snow clearing around the school site.
• To undergo training as required.
• To work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act and to ensure Safe Systems Of Work
• To undertake such other duties which are reasonably required with the general level of responsibility for this role.

Desirable qualifications:
• Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Sports Turf or similar qualification.
• PA1, PA2,and PA6 Spraying Qualification.
• Tractor Driving Qualification.
• Basic Health and Safety Qualification eg IOSH Working Safely
• Full Driving License.
• First Aid.
• Manual handling.
• Ladder safety
Desirable skills:
• Proven record of grounds experience.
• Excellent practical skills.
• Basic machinery maintenance skills.
• Ability to work on own initiative with minimum supervision as well as working in a team environment.
• Attention to detail.
• Committed to maintaining a safe and secure working environment.
• Highly organised and delivery focused.
• Reliable, effective and efficient.

Terms and conditions include the following:

A normal working week is 40 hours, typically from 8.00am until 5.00 pm. The post holder will be expected to work overtime on Saturdays as required by the School fixtures. We require a degree of flexibility about hours and we would expect the postholder to work extra hours if required. Overtime will be agreed in advance with the Grounds Manager.

The holiday allowance for the post is 19 days, together with a number of specified school closure days. Holidays are generally to be taken during the school holiday period and are to be agreed in advance with the Grounds Manager/Estates Manager. The holiday entitlement increases to 24 days after 5 years’ service.

Non-teaching staff in school are auto enrolled into the support staff scheme and details are provided about the scheme, which is a Defined Contribution scheme administered by TPT.

After 6 months service the postholder is entitled to sick pay on the following basis:

A maximum of 4 weeks during the 1st year of service
A maximum of 8 weeks during the 2nd year of service
A maximum of 12 weeks in subsequent years.

The starting salary for the post will be in the region of £21,0000 and will be discussed at interview.

How to apply:
Further details about the school and the post are available on our website
Applicants should complete an MGS application form (CV’s will not be accepted on their own):
This can be downloaded from the ‘vacancies’ heading on the front page of the School’s website and emailed to

The closing date is Friday 11 January 2019 and we expect to hold interviews shortly afterwards, with the successful applicant taking up the position as soon as possible.

Applicants should note that employment within the school is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and the receipt of suitable references.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive at the school we regret that we are unable to reply individually to each application. Applicants who have not heard from us by 20 April have not been shortlisted for interview. We would like to thank those candidates for their interest in the school and for taking the time to apply and to wish them well for the future.

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The Manchester Grammar School


In The Region Of £21,0000

Dec 10th 2018, 13:20

11th January 2019