Our Roaming Cleaners have an important part to play in making pupils’ experience of College life as good as it can be; the work that you do helps to ensure that the school is as welcoming and homely as possible. As a Roaming Cleaner you will be responsible for undertaking general cleaning duties throughout the school, such as cleaning classrooms, offices, pupils’ bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, common areas, and pavilions. Whilst you may primarily work in one area of the school, you are expected to be flexible and to perform cleaning duties in any part of the school upon request.
Your working hours will be 9am to 5.30pm Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday – Saturday with 1 hour for lunch.
- Cleaning all designated spaces in line with the Service Level Agreements and expectations in place from time to time. For example, this will include, but is not limited to:
- Sweeping, vacuum cleaning, dusting, wiping down surfaces and polishing;
- Cleaning showers, bathrooms and toilets, unblocking toilets if necessary (a plumber will be used for any complex issues), and making sure that toilet rolls and dispensers are full and working;
- Stripping and making beds, sending bedsheets to the Laundry once per week;
- Helping to send the pupils’ clothes to Laundry once per week;
- Emptying bins and putting out bins as required on refuse collection day;
- Using the appropriate powered equipment for tasks such as vacuuming, shampooing, scrubbing and polishing floors (training will be provided as required);
- Undertaking minor maintenance tasks, such as changing lightbulbs or tightening screws;
- Moving small items of furniture and mattresses as required to enable efficient and effective cleaning;
- Performing cyclical cleaning duties, such as steam cleaning carpets, deep cleaning bedrooms, offices, classrooms etc. This type of work normally takes place during the school holiday periods;
- At all times carrying out duties in line with Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) regulations and the school’s relevant policies, including Security, Health and Safety, and Fire Prevention;
- Keeping an eye on the general maintenance of the school. If you identify something that needs to be fixed or repairs that need to be made which cannot be carried out by the Cleaning team, this should be reported to your Cleaning Supervisor;
- Doing your best to establish good relationships with pupils and encourage them to be tidy – for example when working within a boarding house reminding them to hang up their suits and turn off electric equipment when they’re out of the room;
- Informing the Dame of the boarding house immediately if you notice any issues with a pupil, so that they can be effectively supported – for example, if they seem unwell, you find something in room that should not be there, or you think they are being bullied;
- Keeping up to date with the College’s Safeguarding and Child Protection procedures;
- Undertaking any other reasonable duties to help facilitate the smooth running of the school;
- Commitment and promotion of equality, diversity & 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
To be successful in this role, the incumbent should:
- Have a flexible approach to work and a ‘can do’ attitude;
- Great attention to detail and pride in your work – you must be keen to deliver the highest possible standards and 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;
- Enjoy working as part of a team and happy to get stuck in and support your colleagues;
- Be able to work unsupervised and use your own initiative;
- Good verbal communication skills;
- Be punctual and well presented, with good time management skills;
- Have the ability to follow cleaning schedules, understand the appropriate use and application of cleaning chemicals and understand Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) regulations;
- Ideally have worked in a similar role, or have previous cleaning 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.