Job Details

Job Title: School Cook

Salary: £17,250.29 per annum

Location: The Shires, Oakham

Hours: 40 per week, 8.30am - 4.30pm

Contract: Permanent

We’re looking for a School Cook to join our team at The Shires based at Oakham. Someone who is clean, tidy and organised who has previous experience in a similar role with skills in cooking.

About the School

The Shires consists of three sites all within a 15 minute drive of one another. We have two Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools and 3 Residential homes.  We help care for and support 33 young people aged 11-19 who have been diagnosed with Autism and may have accompanying learning disabilities, behavioural problems or medical conditions.

About the Group

We are part of Acorn Care and Education and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

Acorn Care and Education provide education and care across 20 schools and 19 residential care homes nationally. Our vision is to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world. Every day we improve the lives of thousands of young people, their families and communities through a relentless focus on caring and learning.

About the role

Job Purpose:

To perform a variety of tasks in all areas of the kitchen, including food prep as directed by the Cook/Manager.  To also ensure the kitchen is clean and hygienic.  To ensure meals are served and produced to a good standard.

General Responsibilities:

  • Cleaning all kitchen areas, equipment and fabric as required, and keeping the servery and dining areas clean, washing and sanitising tables and chairs

  • Recording and reporting any malfunction of equipment or fittings that require maintenance or cannot be kept to the required standard through normal cleaning procedures

  • Preparing and serving food/meals

  • Prepares the service and dining areas

  • Rotate food stock supplies as necessary

  • Ordering food stock

  • With reasonable notice, to work additional hours in cases of staff absence and/or heavy work loads i.e. preparing refreshments for functions/events.

Please see the job description for further responsiblities.

Who are we looking for?

The Shires need responsible, friendly and caring individuals who has a passion for caring for and ultimately, making a difference to young lives.

We need someone who can work well and integrate into the school team, have great cooking skills, and able to deliver quality nutritious and healthy meals on time which the children will enjoy.

Why work for us?

  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training opportunities
  • Opportunity for Internal Promotion
  • Potential overtime
  • Free meals, Parking and Uniform
  • 6.6 weeks holiday entitlement
  • Life insurance
  • Pension
  • Social activities
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” The ability to speak to a councillor for support regarding your mental health.
  • Employee Rewards Hub – An app which offers high-street discounts, hints and tips.

Other information

Acorn Care and Education are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS. We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for.