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  • Start date details

    Immediate start available

  • Closing date

    18 March 2024 at 9am

  • Date listed

    22 February 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

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Working pattern

Contract type

Fixed term

Full-time equivalent salary

£11.59 - £11.59 Hourly

Kitchen Assistant job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join the Housekeeping team at The Mead Primary School in Hilperton as a Kitchen Assistant. This post is a temporary position, to cover absence until the end of Term 5 (24 May 2024), with the possibility of an extension until the end of the academic year (24 July 2024).

As a Kitchen Assistant, you will prepare delicious lunches each day for the children at both the school’s Hilperton and Wingfield sites, and for children staying at school for After School Club each day. You will:

  • Support all aspects of food preparation, cooking and serving of meals
  • Ensure the health and safety of the kitchens is maintained, following routines and monitoring food hygiene and food safety to ensure high standards are achieved
  • Support the School Cook to produce food that meets the needs of the children
  • Work as part of the kitchen team to prepare, cook and serve the numbers of meals required on a daily basis, taking responsibility for food preparation as directed by the School Cook
  • Help prepare the hall for dining, including setting up tables and clearing away afterwards
  • Clean and sanitise all work areas, and wash up

To be successful in this role, you will need to:

  • Have experience of cooking
  • Have an understanding of Health & Safety requirements and food hygiene (or be willing to undertake relevant training)
  • Understand food hygiene requirements, and ideally hold a Food Hygiene certificate (or be willing to undertake relevant training)
  • Be happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative

You don’t need experience of working in a school or professional kitchen, but you do need to be committed, professional and willing to learn. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can make a positive contribution to our close-knit and high performing Housekeeping team.

Inclusion is the beating heart of our organisation, and we cherish it in our staff just like we do in our children. We are committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of our communities and welcome applications from anyone with the skills and experience to do the role they are applying to, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, disability or any other protected characteristic. We recognise the value and contribution every member of our staff makes to our schools, and in return for their dedication and commitment we provide:

  • A clear vision with purpose and values that are supported by all our staff
  • An ambitious and vibrant place to work, with enthusiastic staff and children in all of our schools
  • A highly organised and very supportive team
  • High quality professional development opportunities from Day One, including a National College and National Online Safety training account, where you can access thousands of training courses online for free
  • Unlimited, free access to the Employee Assistance Programme which gives all our staff confidential support and guidance when they need it most
  • A clear, comprehensive induction process

Hours of work: 8.45am - 3.00pm Monday-Friday, term time only

The Mead Trust is made up of three primary schools in Wiltshire: The Mead School and Castle Mead School in Trowbridge and River Mead School in Melksham. All three schools are graded as Good by Ofsted. The schools are individual learning communities, and their differences are valued. The Trust is an organisation characterised by optimism, excellence and creativity. We love to share good practice and to learn from, and challenge, each other. We have a clear focus on continuous improvement to ensure that all of our children achieve the best possible outcomes in all areas of school life. We are currently in the process of merging with Equa Multi-Academy Trust, with a plan for the new Trust to be formed by 1 June 2024. The new combined Trust will include 2 secondary schools and 16 primary schools. You can read more about the exciting proposals on our Trust website.

This role will involve contact with children and the post holder will be engaged in regulated activity relevant to children and will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check before appointment is confirmed.We will only submit a DBS application to the relevant disclosure service when a position is accepted.

This Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow Safer Recruitment procedures and all interviews, regardless of role, will include questions about approaches to safeguarding. Our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy is available on our website and follows all guidance in the most recent Keeping Children Safe in Education.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website. Please note that by submitting an application, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to view any publicly available information published online (including social media platforms) as part of our shortlisting process, in line with current KCSIE guidelines.

Commitment to safeguarding

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All posts involving direct contact with children are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. However, amendments to the Exception Order 1975 (2013 & 2020) provide that certain spent convictions and cautions are ‘protected’. These are not subject to disclosure to employers and cannot be taken into account. Guidance and criteria on the filtering of these cautions and convictions can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

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About The Mead Community Primary School

School type
Academy, ages 2 to 11
Education phase
View all Primaryjobs
School size
532 pupils enrolled
Age range
2 to 11

The Mead is a happy, vibrant place where children are enabled to dream, strive, achieve and celebrate. It is situated across two sites on the outskirts of Trowbridge; a larger site with 14 classes and a Nursery in Hilperton, and a smaller setting with four classes (including a pre-school provision) in Wingfield village. There are extensive grounds on both sites, which include wildlife areas, trim (agility) trail, pond, fruit and vegetable gardens. These are used extensively to enhance approaches to teaching and learning.​

The friendly, energetic and professional staff work together to establish a happy, popular school community. They take pride in offering a rich and vibrant curriculum with specialist teachers in music and PE, as well as early language learning for all years. ​

The career progression for staff is well-recognised, supporting initial teacher training through to roles at a leadership level.

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