Estates Manager, Facilities, Health and Safety

  • Job Reference: NVQ Jobs
  • Date Posted: 19 March 2021
  • Recruiter: Western Learning Federation
  • Location: Ely, Cardiff
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Education, FE, Construction, Facilities, Health & Safety
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Estates Manager – LEVEL 3
1 x at Woodlands School (Special School)
Grade 4
52 week contract - 37 hours per week – Permanent Position 
Salary- £19,554- £21,589
Required to start – September 2021, with the possibility to commence earlier.

The three special schools have now federated and are progressing with their exciting journey. The appointed member of staff will be employed by the Western Learning Federation. 

The three schools support pupils aged 3-19 with Autism and/or profound and complex needs. We pride ourselves on our positive, inclusive and welcoming ethos. Woodlands School has 145 pupils on role at present, however this will increase with the development of our new school build within a state-of-the-art setting.
The new position will be based at Woodlands School; however, our vision for community links means that this would require working across the other two schools for some of the time when needed. The role requires possibly working split shifts each day and being available out of hours and if the alarm is raised in the school, which is not a regular occurrence. We are looking for an individual who can offer excellent management of the estate with a proven track record demonstrating experience of supporting buildings and health and safety regulations. We would be looking for the successful candidate to demonstrate a great deal of pride, passion and vision in the development of the school building and its grounds. We are looking for someone who is friendly, has a good sense of humour and is a team player. The successful candidate will play a vital role in contributing to meetings across the school and the federation. They will work closely with senior leaders in Woodlands School and its Governors. 
This post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check. 
This vacancy is suitable for post share.

For an informal chat, please contact Mrs Siân Thomas, Head of School or Robert Monteith, Business Manager.

Internal candidates who wish to apply for this position on a secondment basis must obtain approval prior to application using Form SEC1 (4.C.081). Requests may only be approved by the relevant Chief Officer or senior nominated officer graded no lower than OM2 or in the case of schools based staff the Head of School/Governing Body. 

Education and Training:

Willingness to undertake induction training 
Good numeracy/literacy skills / GCSE (or equivalent), Maths and English
Specific training in specialist area
Willingness to undertake training and development related to the post

NVQ 3 OR equivalent qualification desirable


Handyperson experience or similar
Caretaking/cleaning/site-keeping experience in a school or similar environment

Experience of H&S procedures, e.g. COSHH

Skills and Abilities

Good ICT skills and knowledge of other specialist equipment/resources
Working knowledge of relevant polices/codes of practice/legislation
Knowledge of Health & Safety procedures and precautions 
Knowledge of COSHH regulations
Awareness of health and hygiene procedures
Knowledge of moving and handling procedures
Team-leading skills

Basic painting and decorating skills
Basic carpentry skills

Personal Attributes
Ability to self-evaluate learning needs and actively seek learning opportunities
Ability to relate well to children and adults

Special Circumstances

An enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check will be required if offered this post
ISA Registration is required prior to commencing the post
Flexibility with regards to working hours

Completed application forms to be emailed to Chris Street at or posted to Chris Street, Admin Manager, c/o Woodlands High School, Western Learning Federation, Vincent Road, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5AQ.  
Closing date: Sunday 11th April 2021 at 12pm
Shortlisting date: Tuesday 13th April 2021
Interview date: Monday 19th April 2021 

Safeguarding and Child Protection are key priorities for the Council. We aim to support children and vulnerable adults to ensure they are as safe as they can possibly be. Our services and schools are committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable adults, and will take action to safeguard their well-being, and acknowledge that children and vulnerable adults have a right to protection. This is supported in the general ethos of the Council and all schools.