How to become a School Caretaker

Our career advice page will tell you everything you need to know about becoming a School Caretaker.

Table of Contents

Job Overview

A School Caretaker is responsible for the upkeeping and maintenance of the school. This includes ensuring the grounds are tidy, and conducting minor repairs where necessary. You may have to also plan for future developments, and manage any external contractors.

What qualifications do I need to become a School Caretaker?

  • For a Level 2 classroom assistant course, you may need 2 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-D)
  • For a Level 3 classroom assistant course, you may need 4 GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C)
  • For an apprenticeship, you may need 5 GCSEs at 9-3 (A*-C)

Work Hours

38-42 hours a week subject to term times. Some staff work all year round while some take term holidays.


Income varies from £16,000 to £22,000 depending on experience and whether the role is part-time or full-time.

General Duties

Maintenance of school grounds. Managing contractors. Minor repairs. Following health and safety and security protocol.



April to mid-July

The summer term stretches from the end of the Easter break to mid-July.

It includes a half term week long holiday in late May.

This is usually the busiest time, with later students sitting their GCSE’s.

September to December

The academic school year starts in early September, with the term stretching till Christmas.

The winter term is a half term holiday, usually a week long at the end of October.

Most schools have a 2 week end of term holiday stretching over New Year and Christmas.

January to March/April

This is the spring term and stretches from early January to Easter.

Easter usually falls on a different weekend each year, so the end of term two-week break can be either early April or late March.

This term also included a week-long half term break, usually in mid-February.

Work experience for a School Caretaker

Examples of relevant work experience to become a School Caretaker are:

  • Experience as a caretaker
  • Volunteering
  • Work related to maintaining grounds
  • Work related to following procedures and using tools, handyman work, etc.

Please note you may require a DBS check.

What skills does a School Caretaker need?

You’ll need a range of skills for a School Caretaker role. These include:

  • Good problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of health and safety, hygiene and security procedures
  • Ability to communicate with school stakeholders
  • Ability to manage own workload
  • Basic DIY skills
  • Physically fit/active for heavy lifting
  • Flexible and reliable