The Head Grounds person will, along with their team, proactively manage and maintain the highest standards of natural and artificial playing surfaces and surrounding areas, and will oversee the long-term planning of grounds’ maintenance, upkeep and renovation in line with time, financial and user requirements.

The successful candidate is accountable to the Deputy Director of Operations for the quality, success and development of the grounds and, as such, will have a genuine enthusiasm for their profession. The Head Grounds person will be expected to build and foster relationships with stakeholders, particularly the sports departments at both schools.

External Relationships: Will include relevant suppliers and contractors for resources and other equipment, Grounds Management Association and other industry associations, other schools’ grounds personnel. Of major importance is the fostering of a good relationship with the current long term gardening contractor.

We will be reviewing applications as they arrive, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


Haberdashers’ Elstree Schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced DBS record check.

Haberdashers’ Elstree Schools are part of the eleven schools of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers. We share a rich history, tracing our roots back to the 17th Century when we established the principles that guide us to this day - we give talented and ambitious young people, irrespective of background, the opportunities they need to succeed in life. Our priority is the education of the whole person in a truly exceptional learning environment with outstanding facilities. Our support staff play a vital role in the delivery of high quality academic and pastoral care for each and every student.


Main Duties

Grounds Management

  • Manage all sporting facilities to deliver first class surfaces as required
  • Produce an annual Department Plan setting out tasks for improving the sporting facilities
  • Work closely with the Directors of Sports to monitor and advise on the sporting programme of activities and their use of school facilities throughout the school year
  • Make ‘play and no play’ decisions in conjunction with Directors of Sports, relevant members of the Sports Department and/or Teachers in Charge of sports
  • Monitor pitch usage
  • Undertake or manage grounds projects, including with external contractors
  • Ensure the efficient maintenance of machinery and equipment
  • Maintain awareness of industry developments, drawing relevant aspects to the attention of the Deputy Director of Operations, Directors of Sport and wider Grounds team to the benefit of the school
  • Prepare and organise the grounds and facilities for sports lets, particularly out of term time and in full consultation with the schools

Management of Team

  • Supervise and lead a small team of grounds people
  • Promote and coordinate the training and development of team members, including ensuring that the team have the right balance of skills throughout the sporting year
  • Coach, mentor and motivate staff to achieve work schedules and objectives
  • Provide effective performance feedback with the team and by conducting annual appraisals on team members and provide this information to the Deputy Director of Operations
  • Ensure all mandatory training is kept up to date in conjunction with the school’s Training Officer
  • Develop an appropriate work shift pattern to meet the seasonal and sporting needs of the schools


Health and Safety

Maintain a thorough knowledge of all relevant current legislation ie health and safety, first aid, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH), Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), environment management and ensure compliance by preparing, conducting and regularly updating risk assessments

Demonstrating the highest levels of commitment and compliance to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.


Person Specification

Relevant Experience/Knowledge & Technical Competencies


  • Proven track record within the grounds care profession, producing facilities to the highest standards
  • Demonstrable technical knowledge of industry standards and resources
  • Proven staff management experience, capable of motivating team without micro-management of situations
  • Budget planning and control skills experience
  • Demonstrable understanding of relevant and current health and safety and industry legislation
  • IT literate
  • Sound working knowledge of grounds-related plant and machinery


  • Grounds management experience within a school environment
  • Membership of Grounds Management Association (formerly known as the Institute of Groundsmanship)
  • Experience of working in a school environment




  • A minimum of an NVQ Level 3 or equivalent experience in sports turf management
  • Current clean driving licence


  • An NVQ Level 4 or equivalent experience in sports turf management
  • Formal training in manual handling, risk assessment and supervision of staff


Personal Competencies / Skills:

  • Ability to communicate both orally and in written form
  • Problem solver and ability to use initiative
  • Highly organised, decisive and able to manage time effectively
  • Flexible attitude with the ability to work under pressure
  • Keen eye for and attention to detail
  • Capable of working with people from wide range of backgrounds - able to demonstrate tact and diplomacy
  • Team player with a positive attitude, strong and good at forming effective working relationships with people at all levels
  • Keen sense of customer service and pride in success of team and finished product


Process to Apply:

School website : Staff Vacancies - The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School (


This is an exciting full-time role, working on average 40 hours/week all year round. Generally, the responsibilities can be carried out between 7am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, however evening and weekend work will be required particularly during the cricke

Closing date:
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 - 12:00pm

Negotiable, with significant benefits including 40 days holidays, inclusive of bank holidays, generous pension, free meals on duty and free use of the sports facilities.

London & East


Web site:

020 8266 1850