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Academy Trust Chef / Cook/ Catering Manager - Term Time

Furley Park Primary Academy, Ashford

  • Ref:KCC886-2686-206S
  • Posted:22/03/2023
  • Pay:Within KR6,£23,801 - £25,262
  • Start Date:Immediate
  • App Close Date:02/05/2023 at 12:00
  • Interviews:To be confirmed


Job description & Person Specification 

Do you have a passion for cooking?

Are you excited to prepare appetising, adventurous and nutritious food for primary school children and staff? 

Are you looking for a good work/life balance working weekdays 8am to 4pm mainly during school term time.

Do you like a challenge and thrive in the environment of fast paced, busy kitchens?

At ACE Learning we are looking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced Chef/Cook/Catering Manager to work in and oversee the kitchens in our 2 trust schools. Both schools have experienced catering teams and produce meals for our pupils, staff and the local nursery in Hamstreet.

The role is to manage and support the catering operation and ensure its success

  • ensuring that both kitchens operate safely within the caring, supporting and stimulating ethos of the Trust
  • ensuring nutritious, healthy and good quality meals are prepared for both children and adults
  • producing seasonal menus incorporating nutritional standards which are popular with pupils as well as nutritious
  • line managing all kitchen staff and regularly meeting with deputies 
  • monitoring health and food safety and adherence to Trust and external policies and standards
  • ensuring that the catering function adheres to Trust budgets and procurement rules

The salary will be Kent Range 6 £21,801 - £23,626 full time (actual pro rata salary £19,318-£20,935) 37 hours per week Term Time only.  40 working weeks per year (2 out of term weeks for cleaning and deliveries)  The successful candidate will be expected to:-

  • Be experienced in ordering ingredients, managing stock levels, preparing and serving good quality food (essential)
  • Be able to work in a school kitchen, using catering equipment and leave the environment clean after every session (essential)
  • Be experienced in working in a large school kitchen or catering environment (essential)
  • Have a desire to serve good quality food to children and school staff, in line with government legislation
  • Be a good team player, flexible and prepared to use their initiative
  • Be someone who enjoys working with children
  • Be prepared to work both independently and within a team
  • Be committed to their own professional development
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have good organisational skills

We want ACE Learning to be the best place for the children who come to learn here; where adults who are positive and show a love for supporting their learning; where we dare to be bold and different!

The Academy is committed to safeguarding and successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure check. References must be current, open references will not be accepted.

To arrange an informal visit to the school please email Mrs Vicky Wallington, vwallington@ace-learning.org.uk



Information about the school

At ACE Learning we support our local communities in the education of children to develop respect for themselves, each other, their families, and the environment. Our vision is to offer a rich, broad and balanced curriculum which provides pupils with a first class, exciting and creative experience. We will develop thoughtful and responsible young people with high self-esteem and with the motivation, skills and knowledge to succeed in life.

  • We aim to provide a safe, caring, supportive and stimulating environment with high quality teaching to achieve….

  • A high level of literacy and numeracy;

  • Independent young people who are confident, flexible and able to
    cooperate with others;
  • A high level computing and technological competence.
  • Imagination and creative expression through a wide range of media;
  • Conscientious young citizens who are tolerant and respect others’ values;
  • Effective links between the school, the home and the community;
  • Equality of opportunity for all;
  • Celebration and humour – we feel good about ourselves!

We want ACE Academy to be the best place for the children who come to learn; where they are supported by adults who are positive and show a love for learning; where we dare to be bold and different!

All who work at the academy believe that it is vital that we are all responsible for improving the basic skills of all children and we are here to support the raising of standards for everyone.

Job Contact Information

  • Name:Mrs Lorraine Cowup
  • Address:Reed Crescent, Park Farm, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3PA
  • Telephone: (01233) 501732
  • Email: enquiries@furleypark.org.uk

Fax: (01233) 501797


Below are documents that have been added to this vacancy.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. You are advised that this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and therefore this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Please be aware that schools are also required to undertake online recruitment checks on shortlisted candidates under changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education.