An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Estates team at Prior’s Court to support the school as Head Grounds Person, to develop, manage and maintain our grounds and gardens to the highest possible standard..

Key job information:


Circa £28k + (Dependent on qualifications and experience)


38 hours per week (52 weeks)

4 days on 3 days off, Early shifts (6am-4pm) including alternate weekends.

Contract type: Permanent - Full Time
Job description: Head Grounds Person job description
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About Prior's Court

Prior's Court was set up by Founding Patron Dame Stephanie Shirley, whose vision of a centre of excellence for children with autism became reality with the opening of Prior's Court School in 1999. We have since grown to support around 90 young people with autism aged between 5-25 years with the opening of Prior's Court Young Adult Provision in 2011.

Since opening, our support team has grown from around 20 to 500 and we have built a reputation as a leading edge educational, vocational, and residential facility for young people with autism. We are situated on 50 acres of parkland with various facilities including accommodation for our young people, a school with a wide range of facilities and offices.

The role of Head Grounds Person

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Estates team at Prior’s Court to support the school as Head Grounds Person, with grounds experience or formal Horticultural qualification, but not essential. 

The postholder will be directly responsible to the Facilities Manager, advising him/her on a regular basis on the management and upkeep of the grounds and gardens along with supervision and day to day management of the Grounds Team.  Highlighted below are some of the day to day responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain the grounds, among other tasks, cutting and mowing, and treating with chemicals (weed-killing and fertilising).
  • Maintain the ancillary areas (including paths), including clearing leaves and other debris, moss killing, weed-killing, and hedge, shrub and tree planting, pruning, cutting and felling.  You are responsible for all flower beds and lawns, ensuring that they are kept to the highest possible standard and condition.
  • Maintenance and clearing of all storm drains, gulley’s and ground level drains. Ensuring all external signage is clean, visible and in good condition.
  • Fencing.  Ensuring that all school fencing is safe and secure, replacing damaged fencing, and installation of new.
  • Snow and ice clearance in designated areas when necessary.  This may have to be done at periods prior to the start of the school day when necessary to ensure that the school can function effectively at the start of the day.  Additionally, ensuring the maintenance and care of footpaths and walkways including salting and gritting during cold weather spells.
  • Maintenance of grounds machinery.  You are to ensure that all the grounds and garden machinery is kept well maintained and safe.                                                   
  • Carry out any reasonable request by Line Management or Senior Leadership Team.
  • You are responsible for all health and safety matters concerning the grounds equipment and materials.
  • You are to ensure that all necessary Risk Assessments and COSHH documentation are completed, method statements and risk assessments in liaison with the Facilities Manager, that they are regularly reviewed
  • You are responsible for the safe and effective use, maintenance and security of the grounds plant and gardening equipment.  You should maintain records of all machinery, tools and equipment including details of servicing, repair and breakages
  • You are responsible for the safe and secure storage, management and use of consumables such as fuel, oils and lubricants, chemicals and seed, and equipment and tools, both mechanical and manual.
  • Working with the Estates Manager to prepare and manage the Grounds department budget.
  • You will provide support for Young People in horticultural based work placement and life skill training.

Please read the full job description for further information.

This position is a 38 hour working week across 2 shift patterns (see below)


Week 1: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

Week 2: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


We aim to make all staff feel valued and supported with training and a competitive salary along with providing the knowledge and skills needed to do a great job. Find out more about the benefits we offer. 

How to apply

Read through the application documents below, then complete an application form. Someone from the recruitment team will be in touch with you within 3 working days.  You can read about our application process in detail here.

Application links: 
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Contact us about this role

t: 0161 237 8081

e: [email protected]

All positions at the school are subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, references and receipt of the appropriate Right to Work documents. Prior’s Court Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.