Head of Housekeeping

Contract type: Permanent 

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

Salary: Depending on experience 

Anticipated start date: ASAP

Closing date: 2nd April 2024

Interviews: To be confirmed

Location: Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire

Job Overview 

Swanbourne House School, based between Aylesbury and Winslow are looking for a Head of Housekeeping to join their team.

Working as either the morning shift leader or evening shift leader, you will ensure that the business is cleaned and maintained in line with School and guest expectations; ensuring that team members are trained and developed, and relevant legislation and guidelines are followed.   

You will have a strong knowledge of complaince and Health & Safety and be responsible for ensuring protocols and equipment are to a high standard and that legislation is met.

You will have strong communication skills and be a positive and proactive team leader. You will be able to multi task, prioritise job tasks and have the ability to solve problems as and when they arise.

For full job details please read the full job description here

The Stowe Group is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers, the Disclosure and Barring Service and an online background check with our 3rd party provider SP-Index.

Person Specification  

The selection of candidates for short-listing will be based on this specification and candidates should bear this in mind when preparing their application and completing the application form:  







  • NVQ  

  • BICs  

  • IOSH  

Specialist Skills & Experience 

  • To work in compliance with Health& Safety to ensure hazards are identified

  • Ensure hygiene standards, cleaning procedures, practises and equipment are in line with best practise and legislation

  • Ability to lead a team by influencing and persuading  

  • Excellent planning and organising  

  • Previous cleaning experience 

  • COSHH 

  • Multitask  

  • Experience of managing a team 

  • Time management  

  • Able to prioritise 

  • Be fully aware of workplace diversity  

Personal Skills 


  • Strong focus on Team, staff, and pupils  

  • Committed to developing self and others

  • Flexible in approach to work to meet demands 

  • Good Team worker 

  • Ability to solve problems/offer solutions 

  • Good interpersonal skills 

  • Ability to communicate at all levels 

  • Confidence in addressing conflicts and offering resolutions  

  • Dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children


  • Supervisory skills 

  • Customer service experience 

  • Good knowledge of Health & Safety/fire awareness  

  • Ability to liaise professionally and effectively between school staff, cleaning team, Matrons, Houseparent’s, and Managers as and when necessary  

  • To assist the Housekeeping Manager to manage staffing within budgeted and forecasted targets 


To apply now , please download the application form for this job here. We look forward to receiving your application.