Catering Assistant

Littlegarth School, Colchester

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Job Ref No. ECC6019-60 Position Type: Catering Pay Range: Competitive
Position Start Date: Immediate Contract Type: Part-time Contract Term: Permanent
Application Close: 31/05/2024 Midday Date of Interviews: W/C 3rd June 2024  

Job Description

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We are seeking to appoint a motivated and hard working Catering Assistant to join our friendly and successful catering team.

The hours are from 10.00am - 3.00pm Monday to Friday during term time, plus inset days at the beginning of each term. Annual salary (based on 36 weeks per year) - competitive.

The school's application form must be completed to apply for this role, which can befound here.


A competitive salary will be offered for the role.

The applicant is entitled to join the School's qualifying pension scheme in accordance with the Pensions Act 2008.

The role is permanent, subject to a probationary period.

The role reports to the Catering Manager and via them to the Bursar. The role is based at Littlegarth School.
The post holder will work in a team to help prepare and serve healthy and nutritious lunches for children and staff. The post holder will also assist in preparing and serving food for match teas, special occasions such as parents' evenings, Governors' meetings and other School functions.

The list of duties below goes some way towards describing the role, but is by no means exhaustive:
- Assist in preparing, serving and clearing up lunch for children and staff during term time.
- Assist in preparing, serving and clearing up for a variety of School functions.
- Ensure that work is carried out under current health and safety standards.
- Work effectively as part of the catering team.

The post holder will have experience of working in a kitchen and the ability to work as part of a team which produces excellent quality dishes for our children, including those with special dietary requirements. Experience of working in a school environment would be helpful.

The post holder must have an understanding of current "Healthy Eating" guidance. The ethos of the School's catering is to prepare dishes of fresh food from locally sourced produce where possible. We provide a well presented two course lunch every day with a vegetarian option and a daily salad bar. All food is cooked from fresh ingredients in the School kitchen.

The succesful candidate is likely to fit the following profile:
- An enthusiastic, reliable and self motivated individual
- Be professional, personable, energetic, intuitive and efficient
- Has the ability to work under pressure and use own initiative

The post holder will be responsible for the following:
- Setting up the dining room for the school lunch sittings
- Helping in the food preparation for the daily lunches, match teas, packed lunches for school trips, meetings and other functions, as required
- Serving food to children and staff
- Clearing away and washing up after lunch and other functions
- Assisting in the clearing and washing of the kitchen and dining room, including floors
- Ensuring the guidance for those with special diets and on allergen labelling is adhered to
- Ensuring all food is attractively presented
- Helping to promote healthy eating in the School.


The closing date is Friday 31st May, 12 noon. Applications must be on the school's application form (found on the Vacancies area of the school's website), with a covering letter attached. Applications should be emailed to Interviews are anticipated to be held on the W/C 3rd June.

All appointments are subject to safer recruitment requirements to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people. All positions will involve appropriate checks and clearances.


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Contact Information

Kathy Uttley
Horkesley Park
Park Road
Nayland, Colchester
Essex, CO6 4JR
Telephone: 01206 262332

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