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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    10 June 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    24 May 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teaching assistant

Visa sponsorship

Visas cannot be sponsored

Working pattern

Part time

Contract type


Full-time equivalent salary

£12.18 - £12.38 Hourly Pay award from 1st April 2024 pending (will be backdated)

School Cook job summary

Hours: 8:45am - 2:15pm Monday to Friday - term time only including 5 training days (5.5 hours a day / 27.5 hours a week)


To be part of a small catering team that prepares, cooks and serves food for the school whilst maintaining very high standards of hygiene and cleanliness and ensuring efficient and economic use of all resources within the catering operation at the school. To lead on cooking specific meals under the direction of the kitchen manager.


1. To cook specific meals/dishes in accordance with the menu and agreed recipes and government standards for school lunches, using fresh produce wherever possible – including packed lunches for trips

2. To prepare meals for all specialist dietary requirements e.g. allergies, intolerances and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

3. To work with the kitchen manager to ensure all food/meals are produced on time for the various service requirements in different locations across the school

4. To prepare the dining area (this could be any of the dining areas across the site); which may include moving and setting up furniture, setting trolleys and the cleaning and dismantling of these as required.

5. To transport food to where it needs to be served – this may require taking the food by trolley to one of the other dining areas

6. To serve food in any of the serving areas – ensuring effective portion control that is in compliance with the government’s food standards

7. To wash dishes, cutlery, tumblers, jugs, serving utensils, containers, tables and all other catering equipment in the dining areas.

8. To clean, on a daily basis, all catering areas to the required standard, including the dining rooms.

9. To assist the kitchen manager with maintaining good stock control, keeping accurate and up to date stock records to facilitate weekly ordering

10. To ensure that all equipment is kept in good working order and that repairs and maintenance are carried out as necessary and report any issues immediately

11. To assist with ensuring that deliveries are met and are promptly stored away and recorded

12. To work with other staff to organise and provide catering for school events

13. To maintain standards of kitchen and personal hygiene and cleanliness of equipment at all times during and after service, operating to the standards required by the statutory health & safety and hygiene regulations and legislation

14. To minimise food waste and recycle packaging wherever possible


15. To comply with all relevant regulations, legislation and guidance including COSHH, food safety/hygiene.

16. To cover the kitchen manager if they are absent – including supervising staff, taking the lead on all food preparation for the day, maintaining records.

17. To comply to lone worker policies, procedures and risk assessments when in the kitchen or serving areas alone

18. To comply with all relevant policies and procedures including but not limited to: Code of Conduct, confidentiality, safeguarding, health & safety, use of IT

19. To undertake any other duties as may be required to ensure the effective operation of the catering facilities at the school.


Education/ Qualifications

Current food hygiene/safety certificate – level 2

Food hygiene/safety certificate – level 3

Formal catering qualifications

Current First Aid qualification


Minimum of 3 years' experience in a busy non-domestic catering providing meals to a high standard and within money constraints

Experience of working in an educational establishment

Experience of working with or being with adults or children with special needs

Experience of preparing blended meals

Skills / Knowledge / Aptitude

Excellent working knowledge and understanding of food safety and hygiene

Preparing and cooking large quantities of meals from fresh ingredients

Working knowledge of managing allergens in the preparation and serving of food

Good interpersonal skills with both adults and children

Good organisational skills including excellent time management

IT skills – use of email, online ordering, reading policies online etc.

Knowledge of government school food standards

Supervision of other catering staff

Completion of daily food records


Ability to be proactive and work without supervision

Determination to provide nutritious, tasty food that will appeal to children of all ages

Determination and a ‘can do’ approach and a commitment to ‘going the extra mile’ for the pupils in our care

A good team player who is supportive, positive, calm in a crisis but can diplomatically challenge others where appropriate


Ability to lift industrial catering equipment and set up the dining room (lift tables and chairs)

Ability to remain on feet all shift


Must be fluent in the English language in accordance with the Immigration Act 2016

Must be willing to undertake any training that is appropriate for the role

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.

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About Ivel Valley School & College

School type
Special school, ages 3 to 19
School size
243 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 19

School location

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