Job Details

Estate Manager

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £25,000 - £27,500 dependant on experience

Holiday:  22 days per year, plus bank holidays

Are you an experienced Estate or Facilities Manager with experience of managing a team?                                                                                   

Do you have excellent project management skills?

Do you have fantastic working knowledge of H&S regulations and legislation?

Would you like to work in a Grade II listed Victorian country house with beautiful surrounding woodland and grounds including fishing lakes?

If so we have the role for you!


We’re looking for an Estate Manager to join The Grange Therapeutic School team. We are looking for someone to manage this large special School’s estate set in 20 acres including a large Grade II listed and other buildings. Leading a busy team of 11 and managing external contractors you will ensure the estate provides a safe environment for all. You must be well motivated, flexible and able to work on your own initiative having previous experience of Estate Management including Health & Safety and project management.


About the School

The Grange Therapeutic School is an independent special school for young people aged 7 -18 years with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The school is 38 week, term time only and has 16 residential places out of a total capacity of 85.  Our school is based in a Victorian country house in Leicestershire with stunning views and fantastic facilities to develop not only the educational, but also the social and emotional needs of our pupils. With access to woods and lakes on site, the school has an ethos about delivering a personalised curriculum tailored to, and driven by, the individuals. The school has two residential houses in the village with experienced, hardworking and skilled staff. At the last Ofsted inspection care was assessed as “good” with the impact of leaders rated “outstanding”.


About the Group

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

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role

The Estate Manager role is an operational management role responsible for the management of the schools estate and facilities.  Reporting to the Finance Manager this role is currently responsible for the direct line management of the Estate Team – including Maintenance, Grounds, Domestic and Catering, in all a team of 11.The Estate Manager is also the Health and Safety Coordinator with the responsibility of managing the schools H&S policies and procedures.  This role also includes the project management of all of the schemes of works carried out across the school sites. 


Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone who has had previous and successful experience as an Estate or Facilities Management. You should have a positive work ethic and be able to work effectively to produce an effective leadership team.

You will be working with a dedicated team of skilled staff who have a lot of experience working within an educational setting. Good communication skills and the ability to lead and manage strategically are vital.

You should have an extensive knowledge surrounding Health and Safety, as a main responsibility of the Estate Manager will be ensuring that H&S Policies and Procedures are implemented correctly. You should also be an experienced project manager, who is able to manage multiply projects in conjunction with each other. 


Essential Criteria

  • Previous Estate Management and/or Facilities Management experience including comprehensive experience of Health and Safety Management covering such areas as Fire Safety, Asbestos, Legionella, risk assessments and COSHH regulations.
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong team management skills
  • Strong finance awareness, including managing budgets
  • Good inter-personal skills to maintain good relationships with Local Authorities and external contractors
  • Competent in the use of MS Office including Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Competent in the use of computerised management systems
  • Driving Licence


Desirable Skills and Competencies

  • Experience of working within an educational setting
  • Experience of working with listed buildings
  • Experience of working within a Conservation Area
  • Experience of Land Management
  • IOSH or NEBOSH training


Why work for us

  • 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
  • Supporting team environment


Applications are invited online though the Acorn Care and Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact 01664 454264 or email Stephanie Watt on

Acorn care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for