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Catering Manager - Part-time

Amherst School, Sevenoaks

  • Ref:KCC886-2141-116S
  • Posted:17/07/2020
  • Pay:Kent Range 5
  • Start Date:TBC
  • App Close Date:21/08/2020 at 20:00
  • Interviews:w/c 24 August 2020


Do you have a passion for cooking and are excited by the prospect of preparing food for approximately 350 children and staff?

We are looking for a Catering Manager to run our thriving school kitchen, supported by a team of five.  You will be responsible for providing nutritious, healthy and good quality meals for our staff and children.  Our kitchen is staffed by Amherst School employees – we do not use an independent catering company. 

The successful applicant will be required to work 26 hours per week (7.40am – 2.30pm Monday to Thursday, term time only, including a 20 minute unpaid lunch break). 

Meals are prepared on site and served from 11.30am (please see the school website for the current menu). 

The salary will be Kent Range 5 £19,335 - £20,483 full time equivalent (£11,386 - £12,062 pro rata).

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Have relevant qualifications e.g. Level 2/3 Food Hygiene Certificate and Food Allergen Awareness training (essential)
  • 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 (desirable)
  • 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

Amherst School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  The successful applicant will need to undertake an Enhanced DBS check.

The start date for the position is Monday 6 January 2021, although should a suitable application be received, an earlier start date will be possible (from September 2020).

Information about the school

Amherst School is a three form entry junior school in Sevenoaks. The majority of our children transfer from Riverhead Infants School. Our Ofsted inspection in January 2019 reported that our leaders and governors provide clear direction, which creates a strong sense of community and purpose which motivates staff and pupils to achieve very well.

The report also stated that:

Staff are fully committed to delivering the school’s values of trust, kindness, determination, politeness, fairness and cooperation; they all said they are proud to work at the school. Parents responded very positively and in large numbers to Ofsted’s online questionnaire. Two parents, speaking for many, said: ‘The children are very well motivated and inspired to learn as well as to participate in the many extra-curricular activities’ and then, ‘The teaching staff go above and beyond for their pupils.’ Leaders are fulfilling the school’s aim to ‘Inspire every pupil’.

Pupils are very well behaved and have positive attitudes to learning. They recognise the high-quality support that they receive from adults in the school. One pupil told me that, ‘adults do everything they can to help us’. Pupils are articulate, polite and well mannered. They listen well and respect other people’s ideas. Their attitudes to learning are extremely positive. Pupils enjoy their learning and talk about their determination to do as well as they can. Pupils say that they enjoy the very wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer, currently over 50 clubs. These are varied and high quality'.

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Our School and all its personnel are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children. This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.