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  • Start date details

    As soon as possible

  • Closing date

    6 April 2024 at 12:59am

  • Date listed

    24 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£22,892.00 Annually (FTE) 25 hours per week (5 hours per day), 39 weeks per year £11.87

Catering Assistant job summary

This Catering Assistant role involves meal preparation for the students of St James Primary School based in Okehampton as well as delivering and serving meals at other local primary schools during term time. The role includes a period of 5 days which are non pupil days on which the successful candidate will undertake relevant training to the role and attend other relevant training deemed necessary or appropriate by our Trust as well as deep cleaning and periodic cleans of the school kitchen areas.

Previous experience is preferred although not essential and full Training in Level 2 Food Hygiene will be given to the successful post holder.

Job Purpose:

To help in the production and service of delicious, nutritious, freshly prepared meals to students, staff and visitors of the Trust.

Support the catering team across the whole Trust when required.

Food prep, sandwiches, salads, and other food items.

To contribute to healthy eating and lifestyle awareness amongst students (and staff).

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To support the catering team preparation, cooking and service of food, ensuring that efficient and economic use is made of all resources and the highest standards of hygiene and food safety are maintained.

  • To complete statutory and safeguarding training as required by the school / Trust.

  • To plan your time and operate in an efficient methodical manner.

  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of food and dietary regulations and support the ethos of the school by providing food which complies with the guidelines set down by the Local Academy Committee and SLT.

  • Deploy with and serve Primary meals to one of our rural Primary schools if / when required. Including necessary washing-up and cleaning down.

  • To take responsibility for the standard of cleanliness, safety and hygiene of your workplace, equipment and operate within the guidelines of the Health and Safety Regulations.

  • To communicate in a timely manner requirement of ingredients inventory required to maintain desired production levels to your line manager.

  • To assist in the effective and efficient cleaning of the canteen and kitchens at the end of all services. To participate in kitchen deep cleaning regularly throughout the year.

  • Own vehicle a distinct advantage.

  • Data Protection / General Data Protection Regulations Compliance

    The Privacy Notice sets our general principles in relation to Data Protection and the General Data Protection Regulations. You should also abide all Trust policies relating to the use of data including but not limited to: 

    Records Retention Policy 

    Personal Data Breach Procedure 

    Employee Code of Conduct 

    E-safety Policy 

    Social Media Policy 

    Use of Personal Devices Policy 

  • You should note that a duty of confidentiality applies to all personal data they see prior to their first day of employment (for example, pupil lists for the purposes of lesson planning or other activities to support teaching and learning). This reflects the custom and practice of teachers’ contracts of employment starting on the first day of term while recognising the need to be aware of and plan to support pupil needs.

  • Person specification:

  • Attribute



    Method of Assessment


    • Cook from fresh kitchen

    • Desire to nourish and provide for others

    An interest in cookery, professional cookery

    • Application

    • Interview

    Practical Skills

    • Good kraft skills

    A desire to work with fresh produce

    • Practical assessment


    Good communication skills, both verbally and written

    Good interpersonal skills, working with people across all aspects of the organisation

    Affable character, keen to engage and work with others.

    • Application

    • Interview

    Personal Qualities

    Outgoing, friendly and approachable

    • Volunteering / active in community

    • Application / interview

    Technology / IT Skills

    Basic computing skills


    Education and Training

    • Food hygiene level 2

    • NVQ 2 or above


      • Able to carry out the duties of the post with reasonable adjustments where necessary

      • Occupation Health Pre-Placement Health Check

    • Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

    • We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible.

      All schools in The Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust 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 required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).

      ‘This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (2013 and 2020). This means that certain convictions and cautions are considered ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed to employers, and if they are disclosed, employers cannot take them into account. Guidance about whether a conviction or caution should be disclosed can be found on the Ministry of Justice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/new-guidance-on-the-rehabilitation-of-offenders-act-1974.’

      Your application form will be processed by My New Term who act for DMAT as a data processor- please see our Privacy Notice for more information about how we process job applicant personal data.

      The successful candidate will be required to come to DMAT HQ to complete mandatory training.

      Training Details:

      Location: Central Head Office (Wardhayes) 8 Simmons Way, Okehampton, EX20 1PY

      Duration: Monday – Friday

      Purpose: To provide comprehensive training on company policies, procedures, and systems necessary for successful integration into the role.

      Training Schedule: Daily sessions from 9am to 4pm, with breaks provided.

      Benefits of Training Week:
      To gain valuable insights into our company culture and values.

      Interact with key stakeholders and team members.

      Acquire essential knowledge and skills to excel in your role.

      Establish a strong foundation for your career growth within Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust.

      Commitment to safeguarding

      Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

      Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

      Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
      childcare disqualification
      Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
      online and social media
      prohibition from teaching
      right to work
      satisfactory references
      suitability to work with children

      You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

      This job post has expired.

      About St James Church of England Primary and Nursery School

      School type
      Free School, Church of England, ages 2 to 11
      Education phase
      View all Primaryjobs
      School size
      186 pupils enrolled
      Age range
      2 to 11

      School location

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