Cleaning Assistant vacancy at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant & Nursery School

Salary: £5,574.22
Job Type: Part Time
Contact Name: Mrs N Metcalfe
Location: Pontefract
Closing Date: 02/09/2022 10:00

Additional Information

Vacancy Type: Officer
Interview Date: 08/09/2022
Start Date: 03/10/2022
Contracted Term: AYR - All year around
Contracted Hours: 11.25
Contracted Weeks: 52.000
Department: Premises
Pay Grade: Grade 1, SCP 1

Job Advert

Ref: SCH-PAT-0181


Required for September 2022


Pontefract Academies Trust is a cross phase Multi Academy Trust comprising of eight schools, six primaries and two 11 - 16 secondary schools. The Trust is a medium sized family of schools all located within a tight geographic hub within Pontefract. Pupils are drawn from the local community that includes a mix of different catchment areas. 


We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, hardworking and committed Cleaning Assistant at Halfpenny Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School. This candidate will be responsible for providing a clean and hygienic school environment, undertaking basic record keeping as directed, and maintaining orderly and secure storage of supplies.


This is a 11.75 hours per week, all year round, permanent contract.


The school can offer:


  • hard-working and highly committed staff who share a common sense of purpose and high expectations of what pupils can achieve.
  • a supportive Trust as your employer that are strongly committed to providing high quality CPD and career progression.
  • significant opportunities to work in collaboration with colleagues in this school and across the trust.
  • the opportunity to work with ambitious and inspirational leaders.


We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic person who:


  • has a friendly manner and can communicate effectively with staff and pupils.
  • will make a difference in changing children’s life chances.
  • has the skills and abilities to support children of all abilities and personal needs.
  • can work effectively as part of a team but can also work independently using their own initiative.
  • has the ability to form effective relationships with pupils and parents/carers.


To apply for this role and view a job specification please visit the Trust’s website:


For more information on the role, or to discuss a visit (depending on current covid restrictions), please contact the school at 01977 703270 or via email at


Completed application forms should be returned via the online Face-Ed applicant system no later than 10:00am on Friday 2nd September 2022.


We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from everyone. The Pontefract Academies Trust is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare. Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of a satisfactory DBS Enhanced Disclosure and pre-employment checks. Shortlisted applicants will also be asked to provide criminal conviction information.

File Attachments

File Name Description
Cleaning Assistant JD & PS (2021_09_15 V1).pdf Cleaning Assistant Job Description
PAT Careers Prospectus.pdf Working For Us Booklet

Safeguarding Information

Pontefract Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and vulnerable adults, and all appointments are subject to enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks and satisfactory references.

Pontefract Academies Trust is also committed to promoting equality, challenging discrimination and developing community cohesion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.


Qualification Title Grade
GCSE Maths and English grade 4-9 (A-C) or equivalent
Willingness to complete further accreditations / qualifications appropriate to the post


Willingness to undertake training relevant to the role
Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy qualifications or English and Maths Grade C/4 or equivalent qualification
Support Work in Schools (SWiS) Level 2 qualification
Cleaning and Support Services N/SVQ Level 1 or equivalent experience, or equivalent qualification, or willingness to train to achieve these
Personal Qualities
Willingness to work flexible to attend evening meetings as required
Resilience and high personal standards
Exceptional levels of integrity and confidentiality
Flexibility with a willingness to support and contribute to school/Trust events, as required
High expectations for self and others, and a strong commitment to raising achievements
Abilities, Skills and Knowledge
Ability to operate commercial equipment, for example, floor scrubbers
Ability to relate well to children and adults
Ability to prioritise and use own initiative individually and as part of a team
Attention to detail
General cleaning work in a non-domestic environment
Willingness to participate in development and training opportunities
Willingness to observe the Code of Safe Working Practice for Caretaking and Premises (staff)
Willingness to gain awareness of health and hygiene procedures
Willingness to gain awareness of COSHH regulations
Willingness to gain knowledge of health and safety procedures and precautions
Willingness to gain knowledge of cleaning procedures required to meet specified cleaning standards