BROOKVALE HIGH SCHOOL
Job Title: Assistant Cook
Location: School Kitchen
Responsible To: Catering Manager
Responsible For: Kitchen Assistants (in the absence of Catering Manager)
Job Purpose: To assist with the preparation, production and distribution of
high quality, healthy meals for the school as appropriate. To
take responsibility for the operation of the school kitchen in
the (short term) absence of the Catering Manager
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. To assist the catering Manager with the preparation and cooking of
food as required, including hospitality catering and special dietary
2. To undertake clearing, cleaning of premises, plant, equipment and the
setting up and putting away of dining room furniture.
3. To assist the Catering Manager with the provision of a quality service,
to include transported meals where applicable.
4. In the absence of the Catering Manager to liaise if necessary with the
Headteacher or Business Manager with regard to the school’s
5. To assist with promoting the service including the provision of
6. In the absence of the Catering Manager to ensure the security of the
kitchen including the associated stores and surrounds as appropriate.
7. To report the breakdown of equipment, the need for structural repairs,
Food Safety hazards, break-ins and accidents, to the Catering
Manager or as directed.
8. To carry out cashier and cash handling duties as appropriate.
9. To undertake basic administration tasks under the direction of the
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10. In the absence of the Catering Manager to communicate all relevant information
to catering staff as directed.
11. To attend training sessions as specified both during term time and out of term
12. To attend and assist in the cleaning of the kitchen and surrounds on specified
out of term time cleaning days.
13. During the short term absence of the Catering Manager to take responsibility for
the day to day operation of the kitchen, including the production of food and
related tasks, and staffing issues.
When requested by senior management or other County Council designated Emergency
Planning Officers, take an active role in emergency alerts or exercises.
Subject to the duration of the need, the special conditions given below apply:
(a) The nature of the work may involve the postholder carrying out work outside of
normal working hours.
(b) The postholder may be required to attend, from time to time, training courses,
conferences, seminars or other meetings as required by his/her own training
needs and the needs of the service.
(c) Expenses will be paid in accordance with the Local Conditions of Service.
(d) This post is subject to a check being carried out at an Enhanced level by the
Criminal Records Bureau regarding any previous criminal record.
All Brookvale employees are expected to promote and safeguard the welfare of
students at the school. Our Safeguarding Policy can be found on the school’s
website – www.brookvale.leics.sch.uk, and is made known to all. It is designed to
guide staff, students and parents/carers with regard to Safeguarding issues.
Leicestershire County Council is seeking to promote the employment of disabled
people and will make any adjustments considered reasonable to the above duties
under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to accommodate a suitable
This job description sets out the duties and responsibilities of the post at the time
when it was drawn up. Such duties and responsibilities may vary from time to time
without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility
entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot themselves justify a
reconsideration of the grading of the post.
BROOKVALE HIGH SCHOOL
SPECIALIST LANGUAGE COLLEGE
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Job Title: Assistant Cook
Essential Desirable How
Reasonable general education. App
Willingness to undertake training as Int
City & Guilds 706/1 and 706/2 or Doc
Basic Food Hygiene Certificate. Doc
Previous large scale cooking experience. App/Int
Previous cooking experience. App/Int
Operating commercial catering
Experience of cooking in a school App/Int
Experience of supervision of staff
Basic knowledge of Food Safety / Health App/Int
General knowledge of nutrition. App/Int
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Good rapport with Children and Young App/Int
Ability to work as a member of a team. App/Int
Must have a mature attitude and be App/Int
Sensitivity to the needs of colleagues and App/Int
Must be able to communicate with staff, App/Int
parents, other customers and colleagues.
Demonstrate an understanding of the App/Int
provision of a catering service to a
diverse school population.
A flexible approach to working,
including out-of-hours, and an ability App/Int
and willingness to travel to various
An understanding of, and
commitment to, Equal Opportunities, App/Int
and the ability to apply this to work
and day-to-day situations
Factors not already covered
Must be able to perform all duties and Med
tasks with reasonable adjustment,
where appropriate, in accordance with
the provisions of the Disability
Discrimination Act 1995.
In addition to candidates’ ability to perform the duties of the post, all Brookvale employees
are expected to promote and safeguard the welfare of students at the school, therefore the
interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of
Motivation to work with children and young people
Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with
children and young people
Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
Please be aware that any relevant safeguarding issues that arise on receipt of references
may be discussed at interview.
App = Application Form
Test = Test
Int = Interview
Pre = Presentation
Med = Medical Questionnaire
Doc = Documentary Evidence (E.g., Certificates)
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