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School Cook

Contact Information:
Location: Napton on the Hill
Salary: Competitive
Date Posted: 13/09/2019
Closing Date: "No Closing Date Stated"
Job Type: permanent
Setting: Arc School Napton
Job Qualifications: No Qualifications

School Cook

Arc School Napton, Warwickshire

Hours – 8.00 – 3.30 Monday to Friday (Flexible)

Salary - £competitive

Start date - ASAP

Arc School Napton is an independent special school catering for young people who have an EHC plan. The school specialises in SEMH and ASC and the young people can be challenging in their behaviour.  The school has an emphasis on building trusting and solid relationships and has an ethos of empathy and care. The school currently has a five-star rating for food and hygiene in a business place.

The School Cook will have experience in a food environment and will carry relevant qualifications in catering for a school kitchen. All staff are expected to interact with the young people in a caring and professional manner. The role will possibly include some cookery and nutrition teaching under direction of a qualified teacher for our pupils and any applicant will need to show willingness to work with the young people beyond the basic role of a school cook.

Person specification:

  • Current food hygiene certificate with up to date knowledge and understanding of food hygiene requirements
  • Experience of catering for large groups producing healthy meals on time and to a budget
  • Ability to design quality menus with the input of the pupil ambassadors
  • Ability to monitor costs and work within a budget
  • Ability to work to a high standard with minimal supervision on a day to day basis
  • A strong understanding and knowledge of record keeping which will ensure that the school canteen retains its 5 star rating
  • Previous experience of working with vulnerable or disadvantaged young people (Desirable)
  • First aid qualification (Desirable)
  • Interest in special educational needs particularly with reference to autism and social and emotional difficulties (Desirable)
  • A desire to help teach pupils in the kitchen and encourage pupils to complete work experience in the kitchen environment (Desirable)

Key tasks of the role (Including but not limited to):

  • To plan, prepare, cook and serve food to meet the cultural needs and interests of the young people, staff, parents and visitors including breakfast and lunch.
  • Cater for any special one off requirements including occasional school or home functions, for example Summer Graduation.
  • Plan menus and take into account the needs as defined by the school and pupil ambassadors
  • To provide for the individual dietary needs of young people, families, staff and visitors
  • To ensure health and safety in the kitchen and adhere to food hygiene practices at all times
  • To manage the equipment in the kitchen and report any maintenance issues that may arise
  • To maintain sufficient stock efficiently minimising waste and fulfilling the needs of the young people and staff
  • To meet all statutory requirements for Ofsted and Local Authority Hygiene inspections
  • To regularly review suppliers and be assured that all suppliers are transparent and traceable
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of special dietary requirements including food allergies
  • To ensure that the kitchen is always clean and fit for purpose
  • To promote and participate in a positive approach to Health and Safety in the delivery of all Arc School Napton’s catering operations
  • Promote effective waste management within the dining room and kitchen
  • To gain a good understanding of all the young people including having a working knowledge of individual Risk Assessments and behaviour management plans
  • Complete Team teach training in order to support the behaviour management of pupils attending the school

In return for your hard work and commitment to the role Kedleston will offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • The opportunity to join a supportive and well established team
  • The support to progress in your career

Kedleston Group Ltd is an independent provider of SEMH day and residential schools as well as children’s homes across England. We look for people who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people we support. We offer staff a comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training to ensure everyone is provided with the best possible start to their employment. Kedleston welcome and nurture staff through the organisation's training provision and seek staff and leaders who are motivated and focused in their delivery of the best education and care support. We have vacancies across England for management, teaching, care, support, administration and ancillary roles within this rapidly developing organisation.

Kedleston Group Ltd is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and requires all staff to act in the best interests of our pupils at all times. Successful candidates will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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