Vacancy: Assistant School Cook

The Mead Primary School
Job reference
Closing date
9am on 7 June 2022
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
1 September 2022
Contract type
Grade C: £18,516 - £19,264 per year pro rata
8.30am – 3.00pm Monday – Friday term time only (plus two weeks in the school holidays)
Hackett Place, Hilperton BA14 7GN
Role overview
We have a rare vacancy for an Assistant Cook to work in the kitchen at The Mead Primary School in Hilperton. If you are passionate about providing excellent nutritious tasty school meals, whilst maintaining high standards of hygiene, then this might be the right post for you!
How to apply
Our Assistant School Cook prepares 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. As Assistant School Cook, 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 catering 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, as well as wash up

To be successful in this role, you will need to:
• Be inclusive, passionate, and principled. These are our Trust core principles, and everyone who works for us embodies these in their own unique way
• Have experience of cooking in either a school or other professional environment
• Have an understanding of Health & Safety requirements and food hygiene
• Have either a formal qualification in catering or relevant experience
• Have an understanding of food hygiene requirements, and ideally a Food Hygiene certificate
• Be happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative
• Be trained in First Aid, or willing to undertake training

Other information
To apply for this role, you must send the following items to by the above closing date and time. Any applications that do not include all of this information will be incomplete and we won't be able to consider them:
1. A completed application form
2. A letter detailing any additional information
We’d love to show you around our lovely school. If you would like to come and visit us, please call The Mead's office on 01225 759273 to make an appointment.

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Application Form >

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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. 

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.

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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Code of Conduct >

What we offer

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 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 whenever they need it