School effectiveness

Site staff

Site staff play an important role in schools ensuring that the environment is clean, safe and tidy and that meals are available at lunch times.

In Ealing we have developed a range of generic job descriptions for caretakers, cleaning and catering staff and catering and site managers.

A full range of training and CPD in Ealing can be found at Ealing CPD online.

Cleaning staff

Cleaning staff work either on their own or in a team, ensuring that the school premises are clean, safe and hygienic.

There are also a number of health and safety courses run by Ealing's corporate safety team.

Details are sent to schools and posted on the EGfL website when they are available.

Catering staff

Catering staff help prepare and serve school meals and clear up when lunchtime is over.

In Ealing schools this role is mainly contracted out to other organisations, however some high schools do directly employ catering staff.

In line with the current healthy lifestyles agenda, information about healthy eating and links to food in schools' websites/organisations can be found on the following page: healthy schools.

Cooks/catering managers

Cooks/catering managers plan the menu for school meals according to a fixed budget and supervise the work of catering staff.

Site managers/caretakers are responsible for the maintenance of the school building, ensuring health and safety guidelines are followed. They may also oversee the work of other site staff.

Day-to-day tasks could include:

  • Managing access to the premises and maintaining security
  • Carrying out basic repairs
  • Panning site use and development
  • Campioning health and safety around the school, and
  • Spervising external contractors.

There are a number of health and safety courses run by Ealing's corporate safety team. Details are sent to schools and posted on the EGfL when they are available.

Caretakers/site managers

Caretakers may be interested in having a look at The Caretaker's website, an independent website written by caretakers working across the UK.

Networking/workshop for site managers and caretakers

Ealing run a termly workshop session for all school caretakers and site managers. This event will give you the opportunity to take part in a topic/s driven session which is relevant to your role.

It will give you a chance to network with other colleagues and take part in a Q & A session with relevant experts linked to the topic/s of the session.

For more details please go to CPD online.

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Last updated: 13 Mar 2017