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North Essex Premises Group : Premises Manager Appointment 2019

Welcome to our Premises Manager appointment page. Please find below all the information that you should require if you are interested in the position of Premises Manager for the North Essex Premises Group (NEPG).

  • What is the NEPG?

    The NEPG is a group of 20 schools who work collaboratively to achieve the highest standards of premises management possible. The schools represent the primary sector, and are located in the north east of  Essex, from Tiptree in the west to Dovercourt in the east. Each school makes an annual financial contribution to the group to ensure that it is fully funded by the member schools, and is not dependent on any external financial assistance in order to operate.

  • What is the core purpose of the Premises Manager?

    The core purpose of the Premises Manager is to provide expert support for schools to ensure that safety and facilities are managed to the highest possible standard. The Premises Manager will provide project management, advice and guidance on issues of health and safety, and assist schools in achieving excellent value for money through energy saving, effective tender procedures, and through successfully applying for additional funding to support schools. As an advocate for each school, the Premises Manager will lobby on behalf of the schools for priority assistance, and will provide guidance for Site Managers, School Leaders and Governing Bodies.

  • Member Schools

    Our History

    The position of Consortium Premises Manager was set up in April 2007 by a number of schools in the north eastern area of Essex in order to provide in-house premises management support. Prior to this group being established, the schools had to purchase support from professional bodies within or outside of the Local Authority. This provision did not fully meet with the expectations of the group and so a decision was made to engage a premises manager direct. The advantage of this was that although there was a fixed cost and an informal arrangement regarding the role of the Premises Manager, there was also a greater flexibility and provision of service.

    In 2013, it was decided by the member schools that a more formal arrangement was required. As a result, a Constitution was drawn up together with a Host school agreement in order to give stability to the schools involved and the Consortium. At this time the consortium re branded its name to the North Essex Premises Groupe (NEPG).

    Our Schools

    We currently a collection of nineteen primary schools made up of both church of England schools, a Catholic school, and a number of community schools. We are located in the Tendring district & Colchester district of North Essex with approximately fifty miles between our schools at Tiptree and Dovercourt.

    We continue to be open to expanding our group up to a maximum of 23 schools.   

    Our group members are as follows

    All Saints CE Primary School                   Ardleigh St Mary’s CE School

    Birch CE (VA) Primary School                  Chappel CE Primary School

    Dedham CE Primary School                    Fingringhoe CE (VA) Primary School

    Holland Haven Primary School #            Holy Trinity CE Primary School

    Langenhoe Primary School                      Lawford CE Primary School

    Mersea Island School                                Milldene Primary school 

    Roach Vale Primary School                       Stanway Fiveways Primary School

    Stanway Primary School                            St George’s Infants and Nursery

    St George’s New Town Junior School       St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

    Spring Meadow Primary School 

    # Host school

     

    All Saints CE Primary School: Tendring.

    This Church of England school is a voluntary aided primary school of approximately 200 pupils. The original single storey school dates from the 1900s and has been substantially extended since then. Generally, the construction is of brick walls with pitched tiled roofs and timber windows. It has recently completed a roofing project which has transformed its teaching facilities.   

    Ardleigh St Mary’s CE School: Colchester.

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary controlled primary school of approximately 120 pupils. Its is situated in the village of Ardleigh, the original village school was built in 1865. It has two store office accommodation with brick external walls and pitched slate roofs. Flat roof extensions were added in the 1970.s. A new standalone school hall was added in 2005. This is single storey timber frame building with birch cladding to the external walls and pitched metal roofs. It accommodates kitchen, PE store and accessible WC. There are two relocatable on the site. One of which is the foundation and year 1 classroom.

    Birch CE (VA) Primary School: Colchester

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary aided primary school of approximately 150 pupils. The original school was built in 1847, with later additions in 1985 and 2008; the buildings are brick under pitched slate roofs. It is in a rural position, surrounded by woods and fields. The Children's Centre, built 2010 now forms part of the school. The school also supports a pre-school nursery in a standalone timber building on the playground.

    Chappel CE Primary School; Colchester

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary controlled primary school of with 100 pupils. The school, which is situated on a level site in a rural location, was built in 1875, extended in 1977 and again in 2008. There was also some minor remodelling in 2005. The building, which is of brick under pitched roofs, has all its accommodation on the ground floors. The classbases have a SE. SW aspect and there is one relocatable classroom from 1960s which was refurbished in 2013, the school recently purchased a refurbished portacabin unit, as a music room.

    Dedham CE Primary School; Colchester

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary controlled primary school of approximately 210 pupils. The original single-storey school dates from the late 1970s and was constructed with the brick walls, metal window, concrete wall panels & flat roof typical of that time. Since then three more classrooms have been added.  More recently the school hall and reception have been enlarged by Essex county council.  The school roof will require re-roofing within the next few years.

    Fingringhoe CE Primary School: Colchester

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary aided primary school of approximately 100 pupils. The original school was built in the 1860s. Two Extensions were added in 2004 & 2008. The building has brick walls and mixture of windows with a slate pitched roof. It is built, effectively, on 4 levels because of the severe slope of the site downwards S-N. The whole site is cramped but in a beautiful rural setting, sitting in the local conservation area. The school is seeking to replace most of its windows.

    Holland Haven Primary School: Tendring

    The single-storey Primary School was completed in 1970. It has had two extensions in the 80/90s. Recent alteration has replaced the metal Crittall curtain walling with UPVC double glazed units. The school is currently in a construction phase project to create four new classrooms in a standalone building, plus a brand-new relocatable classroom, currently 340 pupils and rising.    

    Holy Trinity CE Primary School: Colchester

    This voluntary controlled school with 133 pupils was built in 1979, with concrete panels under flat roofs. The school is a semi-open plan cluster of rooms and classbases with some internal rooms and spaces. Partitions and screens have been erected between classbases and spaces in attempts to create more defined areas. The school is set in spacious, level grounds, with suitable hard and soft play areas and a suitable playing field. The school is in the middle of the village with housing on all sides. The schools swimming pool was recently removed.

    Langenhoe Community Primary School: Colchester

    The single-storey school built in 2004 has brick walls and steeply pitched tile roofs, the building won awards for the Architect Laurie Wood Associates. The site has a general fall south from the Bracken Way frontage. All classbases face an E or W aspect. The building has had 2 extensions and the loft space was converted to a staffroom. Essex County Council are considering a basic need expansion. They have 170 pupils on roll   

    Lawford CE Primary School: Tendring   

    This Church of England schools is a voluntary aided primary school with 205 pupils on roll. The main building was built in 1968. It is single storey and has a flat roof, concrete panels and brickwork to the external walls and UPVC / aluminium windows and external doors. The classrooms and other accommodation are set out around a central hall and courtyard. A multipurpose practical area was added in 2008. It is single storey building with brick external walls and a pitched zinc seamed roof. This is used by a local pre-school, plus another classbase building with similar construction was added 2010. All the mains distribution boards and classroom lighting were changed in 2014, the building was re-roofed in 2015. The school will expand to a two-form entry school by September 2020 as part of the basic need expansions by Essex County Council.

    Mersea Island School (Primary): Colchester  

    This is a foundation school of 180 pupils. The school occupies seven separate blocks arranged around a central playground. The original school buildings were constructed in 1871, the school was expanded in the early 1900s with two additional buildings all on the Barfield Road frontage. They are constructed with the brick walls and pitched Essex tile roofs common at the time. An additional classroom was added in 1978 with pebble-dashed concrete panels with flat roof.  More classrooms were added in 1996 using modular construction having brick skin and pitched slate roof, the new hall of similar design was added in 2000. The heating system to the whole school has recently been upgraded.

    Roach Vale Primary School: Colchester

    The school is located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a residential area. It was built in the late 1970.s. It is a single storey system building with concrete panels to the external walls, flat roofs and aluminium and upvc windows and doors. The classbases are open plan and set out around a former central open courtyard, the main entrance, offices, staffroom, hall and kitchen are accommodated in a linked block. The main entrance, offices and staffroom were extended and remodelled in 2007. There is one relocatable classroom on site which was installed in 2016. A project is planned for April 2019 to install partitions to create separate classrooms.  The school has 210 pupils

     Stanway Fiveways Primary School: Colchester

    The school was built in 1967, and enlarged in 2008; is a brick and concrete panel type cladding under flat roofs. It is on a level site surrounded by housing developments. The school was built with an open plan design, but now most classbases are fully enclosed. The school is part of the basic need expansion programme to provide school places for the number of new homes being built in Colchester. In this regard a new standalone building with seven classrooms, hall and office accommodation was completed in 2018. The school has 380 pupils and rising The site also benefits from a ‘Sure start’ building, a flagship Labour policy, announced in 1998, which accorporates a pre-school and other community facilities all managed by a local charity.

    Stanway Primary School: Colchester

    This is a new school to the NEPG joining in 2018 following the basic need expansion by Essex County Council in 2017/18.   The new build project is a standalone two-story building of seven classrooms, studio and offices, including a MUGA playing area.  The original school was built in 1911 with later additions in 1977; brick under pitched, tiled roofs, the site also has three WW2 bomb shelters.

    St Georges Infants School: Colchester

    The school was built in 1970s; of concrete & asbestos panels under flat roofs. It is single story building is on a level site, original open plan around a central hall can courtyard, is a cramped, urban site and shares a playing field with the junior school. There are 2 blocks; the main school and a double demountable installed in approx. 1994. The school has requested redevelopment due to the complex needs of some of its pupils. A directly run pre-school building was added in 2011 which is a single-story building at the entrance of the school. 

    St Georges New Town Junior School: Colchester

    The school was built in 1903 and consists of a single block, multi-storey (up to 3 levels) building. The facings consist of brick and timber sash windows, with pitched tile & slate roofs. The building is one of three buildings of similar construction in the town the other two being grade 2 listed. The site is in an urban setting and slopes significantly downwards N-S. The school has had two extensions, new reception and lift in 2009 and two additional classrooms and new staffroom in 2013 the school accommodates 356 pupils.

    St Joseph’s Catholic School: Tendring

    The school was built in 1955, after the original school was damaged in the floods of 1953, with the further addition of a Craft Room and new Staff room in 1992. The main building is timber frame & cladding with UPVC windows, the staffroom is traditional brick construction and a slightly pitched roof. The site slopes significantly in a generally N-S direction to the extent that internal stepping is required. this is a small school with 114 pupils.

    Spring Meadow Primary School: Tendring 

    The single-storey school was constructed with concrete panels and flat roof in the 1976 with a five-classroom extension added in 1984 in brickwork and flat roof. The Caretakers House was recently converted to a school managed per-school/nursery in two phases in 2014 & 2016   The site has a general rise from the Pound Farm Drive frontage. The site has two other facilities within the grounds & the school currently has 292 pupils

  • Job Description

    Main Responsibilities and Activities:

    Health and Safety Compliance

    • To advise and support Headteachers and other relevant staff in maintaining appropriate standards and records, obtaining all necessary certificates to meet current health and safety requirements on all issues relating to each school’s capital estate.
    • To ensure schools comply with health and safety policies and procedures.
    • To assist schools in the preparation and maintenance of health and safety monitoring procedures.
    • Maintain liaison with the local authority Health and Safety Team.
    • Ensure accurate records are maintained that demonstrate effective and robust practice for high priority issues, including the management of fire safety, asbestos, legionella etc.
    • Complete effective risk assessments in regard to premises related projects and ensure that they are fully applied.
    • Support the school in undertaking any other relevant health and safety work as required.

    Project Management

    • Manage capital projects from conception to completion which will include commissioning and managing contractors and ensuring high standards of work on site.
    • Support Headteachers and schools to prepare financially for potential capital projects, providing feasibility reports and estimated costings.
    • Undertake tendering processes for all projects in line with financial schemes of delegation, ensuring compliance to relevant procedures, and to principles of best value.
    • Liaise with authorities and contractors for all projects.
    • Provide advice, information and progress reports, including financial information, to Headteachers and Governors.
    • Provide specifications and drawings for proposed projects.
    • Where appropriate, employ Construction, Design and Management Procedures, keeping up to date with all relevant legislation and requirements.
    • Ensure contractors on school sites are expected to observe the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act, and any other relevant standards and expectations when on site.
    • Ensure accurate records are kept of all work carried out.
    • Support the school to manage any immediate issues or emergencies to ensure school closures are minimised, and schools can continue to operate safely and effectively.

    Capital Maintenance and Planning

    • To provide advice and costings to Headteachers and Governors on maintenance and repair issues as required.
    • Source, secure and advise schools on funding streams, and maintain positive relationships with organisations that allocate additional funding.
    • Assist in the preparation of funding bids in consultation with Headteachers and Governors.
    • Undertake regular visits of each site with the Headteacher and/or Site Manager, to support aspects such as the completion of health and safety internal monitoring, development of three year rolling capital asset programmes etc.

    Personal Development

    • Support schools in meeting the professional development needs of Site Managers, School Leaders and other staff with responsibilities for premises issues.
    • Assist schools in the recruitment processes of premises staff.
    • Undergo annual Level 2 Safeguarding training.
    • Undertake, with the support of the NEGP Committee, appropriate continuing professional development as identified through performance reviews.

    Other Key Responsibilities

    • Maintain the NEPG Handbook to ensure that this is current and includes all relevant aspects of capital management.
    • Ensure regular meetings are held of the member schools, and for key members of the site workforce.
    • Perform the role with personal safety, and the wellbeing of pupils, staff and school users, at the forefront.
    • Maintain confidentiality, following school whistleblowing procedures where required.
    • Maintain positive, professional networks with all relevant parties.
    • Support the NEPG Committee, and the schools within the NEPG, with other reasonable and relevant issues.
  • Person Specification

    Essential Requirements:

    Work Experience and Qualifications

    Experience, qualifications and a successful track record in the following areas:

    • Knowledge of service contracts and outside providers terms and conditions

    • Management of maintenance programmes and works

    • Surveying and estimating

    • Preparation of specifications and feasibility reports

    • Planning and management of new building projects

    • Tendering procedures

    • Liaison with external contractors, advisors and authorities

    • Minimum HNC level 4 qualification

    • Good levels of IT aptitude and ability

    Essential Skills and Attributes

    • To be flexible and adaptable and to have the ability to use own initiative

    • To be organised and be able to plan/manage workloads as required

    • To demonstrate professional behaviours and appearance

    • To maintain confidentiality and integrity

    • Ability to take the client lead when dealing with other specialist professionals

    • To be adaptable when working with various school members

    • Ability to produce work efficiently, of a high standard, and to agreed timescales

    • Ability to organise and support, as appropriate, the work of site managers, contractors and advisors

    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written reports

    • To be creative and imaginative in approaches to work related issues

    • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of professionals, individuals and organisations

    • To be accountable to the management committee organising termly meetings

    Desirable Requirements

    • Knowledge/experience of school premises issues and building projects
    • Knowledge/experience of ECC and DfE procedures, regulations and funding arrangements for all types of schools
    • Relevant professional qualifications (eg Chartered Member of RICS, IWFM, IOSH)
    • A high degree of commercial awareness
    • Knowledge of Health & Safety and other appropriate regulations and procedures in relation to schools.
    • Commitment to on-going professional development.
  • Post Advertisement

    LGS Band5 Points 35 – 43 (up to end of March 2019) Under review for April 2019

    £31,401 - £39,002 per annum + mileage + mobile ‘phone

    Local Government Pension Scheme

    Start Date: September 2019

    A consortium of twenty primary schools based in the Colchester & Tendring area requires a qualified and experienced Premises Manager to oversee ongoing maintenance, management and development of its school sites and premises.

    The successful candidate will be experienced in both premises & project management.

    Knowledge of Essex County Council and Department of Education regulations and funding arrangements and H&S procedures is desirable. Good communication skills and a flexible approach to working hours are both essential.

    Candidates are welcome to discuss further and/or visit one of our schools prior to applying. Please contact Carl Messer, Headteacher at St George’s Junior School, CO2 7RU. Tel: 01206 506800

    Application packs should be returned to Headteacher@hollandhaven.essex.sch.uk by midday on 26th April 2019; shortlisting 29th April 2019.

    Interview date: Thursday 9th May 2019 at Stanway Fiveways Primary School, CO3 0QG

     

  • Important Application Information

    The application form can be found below. This must be accompanied by a personal statement, set out as a letter of application, which should detail how you meet the requirements of the post, and why you should be considered for it.

    All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.

    If you have any questions about the post, or wish to know more, please call Carl Messer (Headteacher) on 01206 506800. To apply, please send your application to Sue Bardetti at Headteacher@hollandhaven.essex.sch.co.uk. 

    Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete an SD2 Self Declaration Form. The requirements for self declaration are:

    1. Under the Criminal Justice & Courts Services Act 2000 it is an offence for an individual who has been disqualified from working with children to knowingly apply for, offer to do, accept or do any work in a ‘regulated position’. 2. As the post for which you are applying is one that will give you substantial unsupervised access to children and young people it is covered by The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Orders from time to time enacted and in force. You are therefore required to disclose `spent' as well as `unspent' criminal convictions, cautions or reprimands or bind overs and any pending prosecutions against you in line with the requirements below. 3. You must declare the following  Cautions given less than 6 years ago (where you were over age 18 at the time of caution)  Cautions given less than 2 years ago (where you were age under 18 at the time of caution)  Any convictions, whenever they occurred, relating to an offence from a prescribed list available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dbs-list-of-offences-that-will-never-be-filtered-from-a-criminalrecord-check or from your school office.  All convictions that resulted in a custodial sentence (regardless of whether served and whenever they occurred)  Where you have more than one conviction all convictions must be declared.  Other convictions given less than 11 years ago (where you were over age 18 at the time of conviction)  Other convictions given less than 5.5 years ago (where you were under age 18 at the time of conviction) 4. The information you provide (by completing the form) will be treated as strictly confidential and will be considered only in relation to the post for which you are applying. 5. Disclosure of a conviction, caution, reprimand, bind over or pending prosecution does not necessarily mean that you will not be appointed; a person’s suitability will be looked at as a whole in the light of all the information available, and in accordance with the Governing Body’s on the employment of ex-offenders, a copy of which can be obtained from the Governing Body. A main consideration will be whether the offence is one which would make a person unsuitable to work in the capacity of the post applied for. If you disclose information which you are not required to, this will be disregarded. Any information provided which is not relevant to employment will be disregarded 6. A conviction includes: a. A sentence of imprisonment, youth custody or in a young offenders institution; b. An absolute discharge, conditional discharge, bind over; c. A fit person order, a supervision or care order, a probation order or community punishment order or an approved school/academy order arising from a criminal conviction; d. Simple dismissal from the Armed Forces, cashiering, discharge with ignominy, dismissal with disgrace or detention by the Armed Forces. e. Detention by direction of the Home Secretary; f. Remand centres, secure training centres or in secure accommodation; g. A suspended sentence; h. A fine or any other sentence not mentioned above. 7. A caution is a formal warning about future conduct given by a Senior Police Officer, usually in a Police Station, after a person has admitted an offence. It is used as an alternative to a charge and Positive Prosecution. 8. A Reprimand has replaced a Caution for young people under 15. A young person given a second formal warning about future conduct is then given a formal warning. 9. A Bind over is an order which requires the defendant to return to Court on an unspecified date for sentence. 10.Driving offences must be declared unless excluded by the criteria in 4. above. 11.Failure to disclosure convictions, cautions, reprimands or bind overs and any pending prosecutions may, in the event of employment result in dismissal or disciplinary action by the Governing Body. As the post for which you are applying falls within the category for which a criminal record disclosure is required, if you are selected for appointment, you will be required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) disclosure. A refusal to make such an application would prevent your employment.

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