Job Details


Salary:                 Starting around £17,000.00 (depending on experience)

Location:             Underley Garden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Hours:                   40 hours per week, term time only

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We are looking for a Cook to join our team at Underley Garden in Kirkby Lonsdale. 

About the School

The young people who attend Underley Garden all have an EHCP/statement of special educational needs. Underley meets the needs of a range of SEN including; Autism, Learning Difficulties, Mental Health & Medical needs and related behavioural difficulties.

About the Group

We are part of the Acorn Care and Education Group 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

We are looking for a Cook who will produce high quality lunches to staff and the young people in our care.

Please see the Job Description for full details regarding this position.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for people with the belief that they can make positive changes.

You will be a responsible, friendly and an organised person who has a passion for providing nutritious lunches for both staff and young people, considering the requirements of Healthy Schools

Essential Criteria

  • Produce food to a high standard, in accordance with the Schools Dietary Policy.

  • Ensure that the costs of running the kitchen fall within present and agreed budgets.

  • Ensure the kitchen is a clean and tidy environment at all times.

  • Plan varied menus and order food, weekly in advance.

  • Contribute towards improving the Schools Food for Life status by improving the diets of Young People in order to promote healthy eating.

  • Supervision of Kitchen Assistant.

  • Good communication skills

  • Compassionate – good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with children and young people, other staff remaining sensitive and empathetic

  • Intuitive and caring nature

  • Flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of the children and young people

Why work for us?

A few reasons we think it’s a great place to work:

  • Continuous professional development & training for a clear career path
  • Pension
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Free School Meals whilst on shift
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters”
  • Gym membership
  • School campsite
  • Employee Rewards Hub

Applications are invited online through our Underley Garden website:

If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact Marie Lawson, Office Manager on 015242 71569.

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.