You will be responsible, under the direction of the Cleaning Supervisor, for cleaning designated areas within educational premises to ensure that they are kept in a clean and hygienic environment. Areas predominately include the Boarding houses, including pupil’s rooms, communal areas, house staff’s offices and living areas.
From time to time you may be required to help other areas of the school, such as setting up examination rooms (i.e. moving tables and chairs around the school) and working as part of a team. There will also be duties in our Central Cleaning stores sorting cleaning materials and getting them ready to be distributed around the School.
This role is 24 hours per week, 9am - 1pm Monday - Saturday.
- Cleaning, washing, sweeping, vacuum cleaning, emptying of litter bins, polishing, dusting of all fixtures and fittings of the designated areas within the boarding house, including toilets, bathrooms and shower areas;
- Supervise pupils’ clothes and laundry, sending pupil’s clothing and sheets to laundry once a week; check return of these items and report numbers of missing sheets and pillowcases. Make sure name tapes are sewn on all items of pupil’s clothing;
- Establish good relations with pupils from an early stage and encourage them in all aspects of tidiness, e.g. hanging up suits, turning off electric equipment, putting up beds;
- To help out during small events and larger social functions to meet the needs of the House;
- There is a strong element of pastoral care and the Housekeeper has a responsibility to ensure that any concerns or information is communicated to the Dame and that the College’s child protection procedures are adhered to at all times;
- Using where appropriate the correct powered equipment for vacuuming, shampooing, scrubbing & polishing of floor areas (training in use of equipment can be provided). Specialist cleaning knowledge is preferred;
- The movement of items of furniture to enable efficient and effective cleaning;
- Duties may vary between term time and school holiday time;
- All duties must be carried out to adhere to the Security, Health & Safety and Fire precautions policies including COSHH compliance;
- To perform other such duties as may be reasonably requested by the Cleaning Supervisor or Managers within the designated areas;
- Must be prepared to undertake training in cleaning as directed;
- Attend meetings and training sessions as required;
- Any other duties reasonably requested;
- Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion;
- All positions at Eton are classed as ‘regulated activity’ as per the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 guidance, therefore a good understanding of safeguarding procedures is essential;
- Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including by not limited to, completing safeguarding training as required, and ensuring any safeguarding updates issued by the College are read and understood;
- Understand and comply with procedures and legislation relating to confidentiality.
The Ideal Candidate
- You have a flexible approach to work and a ‘can do’ attitude;
- You enjoy engaging with young people, you are keen to develop good relationships with pupils, and you will always act in the pupils’ best interests;
- You have great attention to detail and take pride in your work – you’re keen to deliver the highest possible standards and you understand the impact your work has on pupils who are away from home, especially those who have recently joined the College and who are in unfamiliar surroundings;
- You enjoy working as part of a team and you are happy to get stuck in and support your colleagues;
- You’re able to work unsupervised and use your own initiative;
- You have good verbal communication skills;
- You are punctual and well presented;
- You have worked in a similar role, or have previous cleaning, serving or housekeeping experience, however this is not essential if you have the right attitude and you are keen to learn.
Eton College offers a wide range of benefits, including; an 11% employer contribution to your pension (with 4.9% employee contribution), Employee Assistance Programme, enhanced Maternity / Paternity scheme (where applicable), free eyecare vouchers, a cycle to work scheme, subsidised lunches during term time, free access to the College’s sport and leisure facilities and discount at local retailers and businesses.
About the College
We are an equal opportunities employer and are seeking applications from suitable candidates from all backgrounds. We are dedicated to creating and sustaining an environment that values individuality and difference and celebrates the diversity of both staff and pupils by fostering perseverance, tolerance and integrity. We believe in equal opportunity for everyone, irrespective of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.
If you have any queries about the application process or any problem with submitting your application online, the Recruitment Team will be happy to help. Should you require any reasonable adjustments to be made or facilities provided to enable you to apply online, please do not hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make adjustments accordingly.
Eton College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including reference checks with past employers, an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and, where applicable, a Barred List, Prohibition and EEA checks. If you are successful in your application, you will be required to complete a DBS Disclosure Application Form. Any information disclosed will be handled in accordance with any guidance and/or Code of Practice published by the DBS. The College is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered as “spent” under the Act) must be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. It is a criminal offence for any person who is barred from working with children to attempt to apply for a position at the College.