Salary: £18,000 per annum
Location: Chorley, Lancashire
HOURS: Monday to Friday 37.5 hours weekly


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!


We now have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Caretaker to join our close-knit team at Waterloo Lodge School, Chorley in Lancashire. Someone who takes a more creative approach to maintenance would be perfect for this role.


About the School:

Waterloo Lodge is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them both academically and socially to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.


About the Group:

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group 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 to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.


About the Role:

We are looking for a Caretaker who is able to prepare and implement risk assessments and any recommendations and procedures.  Contribute to school development projects and general maintenance schedules.  Be sympathetic to environmental concerns regarding all aspects of the school and grounds.  Needs to be a hands on individual who can develop and implement systems and procedures and maintain current ones. The successful candidate will be required to work 7.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Waterloo Lodge School caters for children aged 11-16 and has an occupancy of 55 pupils. Our aim is to change young people’s lives and through the use of accredited courses, we will always provide our pupils with the best possible opportunities to succeed, beyond Waterloo Lodge School.


Who we are looking for:

Someone who can carry out security procedures for school buildings and grounds. Check doors, windows, fire exits, etc., for the purpose of school use, out of school hour’s functions, maintenance and emergency services.  Regularly check the proper operation and function of alarms and fire equipment and ensure emergency exits are not obstructed and be a good all round DIY’er.

No two days are the same at Waterloo Lodge, so we want someone who can work at pace to turn ‘can’t do’ into ‘want to’ and is motivated by working with children with complex needs. You will be motivated by your belief that every child can achieve and reach their potential.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working with children in a calm and engaging demeanour.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent general maintenance skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.


Essential Criteria:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet competing deadlines if required
  • Working knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, systems and procedures
  • Computer Literate


Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

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


Start Date:

This position is due to commence as soon as possible, of course subject to approved reference/DBS checks.  

Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply, please call 01257230894.


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 possible outcomes for everyone in our care.  A full application form must be completed with all employment dates and, gaps in employment accounted for.