Job Details

Maintenance Assistant

Salary:              £16,000 to £18,000 per annum dependant on experience

Location:          Acorn Park School, Banham

Hours:              Full Time, 7.00am – 3.30pm, Monday to Friday


If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!


About the School:

Acorn Park is a Special Educational Needs (SEN) School and Residential home within the Acorn Care and Education and NFA Group, the UK’s Largest, Independent Children’s services group.  The School specialises in communication and learning challenges associated with Autism.

The School and Homes are within a private, 30 acre estate situated within Norfolk’s picturesque and tranquil countryside, close to the town of Banham.

The aim of the site is to provide enough support to unlock each child’s potential so they can live fulfilling and productive lives. We provide the young people with as much freedom as possible in a safe and supervised environment. This is achievable due to the dedication and support from a range of employed professionals who are passionate, reliable and understanding.


About the Group:

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

Acorn Care and Education is part of the Outcomes First Group.


About the Role:

Undertake porterage and handyperson duties, including moving goods and furniture, painting, minor repairs to property, fixtures, fittings and equipment.

Ensure reactive grounds maintenance is dealt with in a timely and safe manner.

Clearance of drains and gullies, general tidying, snow clearance, gritting, etc.

Liaise with external contractors on work beyond the scope of general maintenance and ensure they are aware of any potential hazards connected with their presence on the premises.

Ensure the Health and Safety of all on site at all times by helping to manage the School’s Health and Safety procedures including the reporting of incidents as appropriate.

Be responsible for the security of the premises and its contents, including the operation of fire alarms. You will undertake locking buildings, checking and securing windows and internal doors.

Be available for an emergency call out rota, one week inclusive of weekend every month.

The working pattern will be 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday- 0700 to 1530hrs. Once a week you will be required to work 1100 to 1900hrs. On call out of hours one week a month. As well as reasonable additional time as is necessary to adequately fulfil the requirements of the role.


Who we are looking for?

We are inviting applications from individuals with experience of basic maintenance and repair across all areas. A strong all-round knowledge and skill base in a multi trade environment would be preferable. Under direction, you will deliver an efficient and effective maintenance service within the school, residential setting and grounds.

You will be required to understand and follow Health and Safety Guidance and ensure that the practices and procedures are conducted in line with our Health and Safety policy.

You will have the ability to learn quickly and respond to the ever changing needs and demands of the role.

You will be able to work under pressure in difficult situations and carry out a planned system of maintenance checks.

You will be highly motivated and enthusiastic, able to prioritise, manage and organise your own workload.

You will be a team player, working well within a small team, as well as having the ability to work independently.

You will be required to be on call, one week in four, to ensure that damage is responded to and safety is maintained as soon as it occurs. Therefore you will need to have a driving licence and possess your own transport.


Why work for us?

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path


Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact

All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

We expect all our employees to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.