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School Minibus Driver - Caterham, Surrey

Employer
Caterham School
Location
Caterham, Surrey
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
15 Mar 2024

School Minibus Driver - Caterham, Surrey

To Start: March 2024

ABOUT CATERHAM

Caterham is consistently recognised as one of the leading co-educational schools in the country. We are committed to providing an environment in which all pupils are challenged to be the best they can be, and one in which pastoral care and well-being underpin academic, co-curricular and sporting excellence.

We believe in providing and education for life for all Caterhamians and we seek to ensure that the learning experience at our school blends the best of tradition with the exciting opportunities provided by new technology. Learning how to learn is a key facet of a Caterham education and is an essential skill for life in the twenty-first century. We believe that a truly excellent school is about more than academic achievement alone: it is also about developing a passion for learning; a capacity for independent and critical thinking; self-awareness and resilience; selfconfidence without arrogance and genuine interests that extend beyond the confines of the classroom.

At Caterham School we focus on developing the whole person, aiming to ensure that each pupil leaves here ready for the challenges of life a university and beyond, and understanding their responsibilities towards others. We want out pupils to leave Caterham well equipped to engage positively with a rapidly changing world as accomplished problem solvers and innovators, confident in their ability to lead and with a clear appreciation of and respect for the views and potential of others.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

The role requires a candidate to be well presentable and possess a D1 (101) or D (PCV) clean, valid driving licence.

Experience working in / knowledge of the education sector would be advantageous. To be a self-motivated team player is fundamental to the role, as is the ability to use initiative and communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders. The preferred candidate will have a hands on attitude and be able to adopt a flexible approach. They should be well organised and work well under pressure. A proactive approach to efficiency improvements is essential. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to the aims of the School, personal energy, drive and resilience.

Child Protection

The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the post-holder is responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom they are is responsible, or with whom they come into contact and will adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s child protection policies at all times. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the post the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the School they must report any concerns to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead. The School may carry out online searches on shortlisted applicants and all applicants will be required to provide details of their online profile, including social media accounts, as part of their application.

THE ROLE AT CATERHAM

The School Minibus Driver will be reliable, organised and customer focused. The primary role of this position is to carry pupils to and from School safety at the beginning and end of the School day during term time (34 weeks of the year); whilst maintaining high driving standards as a vocational licence holder. Additional pre-arranged weekend work may also be required. The post reports to the Transport Manager.

The Bursar has overall responsibility for the non-teaching staff throughout the School. In particular, the Driver will:

Key Responsibilities summary:

  • Driving School minibuses and other vehicles as required.
  • Ensuring the students are transported safely, following traffic regulations at all times.
  • Carrying out pre and post journey vehicle checks including fuel check, tyre check, as specified in safety checklist.
  • Reporting to the Transport Manager and updating any damages or defects to the vehicle promptly.
  • Ensuring the vehicle is clean inside and outside.
  • Ensuring the vehicle is fuelled for the next use.
  • Assisting and supervising passengers as necessary.
  • The role may require within reason, to perform additional duties.
  • To be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.
  • Work under own initiative.
  • Able to communicate effectively with pupils, parents and staff.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience:

  • Possess a full D1 or PVC driving licence
  • Pass a minibus driving assessment and undertake any further training or assessment as appropriate.
  • Personally committted to the School’s aim to be one of the finest co-educational schools in the country.

Attributes:

  • Calm and effective under pressure.
  • Confident and working with young people.
  • Possess a conscientious, approach and flexible attitude towards working colleagues and the workplace.
  • Ability to recognise and manage risk.

TERMS & BENEFITS

We pride ourselves on the best support and care for our academic and Professional Services staff – a school is only as strong as those working within it. As such, our staff enjoy a range of benefits and enjoy the strong sense of community that pervades the School.

Hours

Normal hours of work will be as required to manage one bus route to and from school during term time (34 weeks).

Shifts available:

  • Morning 6.45am - 8.45am
  • Afternoon / Evening 3.45pm - 7.45pm

Annual Leave

Five weeks paid annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays pro rata.

Salary

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salaries are reviewed annually on 1st September.

There is a probationary period of 12 months and the appointment is subject to employment vetting checks including a satisfactory references and a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Counselling and Legal Advice Service

A free, confidential 24 hour telephone service available 365 days per year.

Pension Scheme

Bursarial staff are eligible to join a stakeholder pension scheme, this includes an employer’s contribution of up to 10%.

Subsidised Sports Centre Membership

Subsidised Membership to Caterham School’s Sports Centre with extensive fitness suite, 25 metre indoor pool, sports hall and programme of fitness classes.

Cycle Scheme

A salary sacrifice scheme which provides vouchers available for a wide range of suppliers and includes e-bikes and accessories.

APPLICATION PROCESS

You can complete the application online via the school website by clicking 'Apply'.

This appointment is to start in March 2024.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The School reserves the right to appoint at any stage of the recruitment process; early applications are therefore encouraged.

Caterham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of employment are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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