Vacancy: School Cook

The Mead Primary School
Job reference
Closing date
9am on 29 June 2022
Interview date
To be confirmed
Start date
To be agreed
Contract type
Grade D £18,933 - Grade E £19,698 pro rata depending on experience and qualifications
8.30am – 3.30pm 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 a School Cook to run the kitchen at The Mead Primary School in Hilperton. The ideal candidate will be someone who has previous experience of leading and managing a kitchen and has the ability to use their own initiative and problem solve to create delicious, nutritious meals for the children at The Mead Primary School in Hilperton and Wingfield.

The School Cook will:
• Plan and 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
• Cook and serve school meals
• Be responsible for the day to day management of dining arrangements, ensuring a safe and friendly environment
• Plan the termly menus in line with school food safety standards and budget
• Order supplies, as required
• Maintain the kitchen and serving area to a high standard of cleanliness
• Supervise the Assistant School Cook
• 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
• Supervise the preparation of the hall for dining, including setting up tables and clearing away afterwards
• Clean and sanitise all work areas as well as washing 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
• Experience of cooking in either a school or other professional environment, with a good knowledge and skills in catering work
• The ability to work flexibly and be a real team player
• An energetic and friendly personality
• To be adaptable, flexible, and reliable
• Qualified to at least Level 2 in Food Hygiene (although Level 3 is desirable)
• An understanding of Health & Safety requirements and food hygiene
• A formal qualification in catering
• To be happy to work in a team, as well as being able to use your own initiative
• To have a First Aid qualification, or willing to undertake training

How to apply
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
Other 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.

Candidate Briefing Pack >

Application Form >

Equality & Diversity Form >

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.

Child Protection Policy >

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