Kitchen Assistant

Location: The Wenlock School

Salary: £8.72 per hour, working 12.5 hours per week over 5 days (Monday to Friday)

Contract: Permanent, term time only

As part of our continued growth, we have a fantastic opportunity for a kitchen assistant to join our close-knit team at The Wenlock School. If you are looking to join a dedicated team in a school that will welcome your ideas and re-engage our young people, we would like to hear from you.

The Wenlock School opened in September 2018. We are a co-educational day school catering for pupils aged 7-18 with a range of complex needs including a range of social, emotional and mental health needs and also pupils who have been diagnosed with autism or demonstrate behaviours associated with autism. You will contribute to making Wenlock School an Outstanding provision and a leading light for our young people and their families. We provide a therapeutic, supportive and inclusive learning environment and are committed to raising achievement and enabling pupils to recognise their potential and supporting them through a personalised, engaging curriculum. Our priority is to develop the foundation knowledge and skills required to make a manageable and smooth transition to the next life stage.

About the role

The school kitchen is a very busy and fast paced environment. Your role would involve assisting our school chef with general food preparation, serving and maintaining a clean kitchen environment. The successful candidate will also be responsible for supporting the school chef with designing menus and ensuring food allergies/intolerances are considered.

Who are we looking for?

You will have experience and a basic knowledge of food hygiene and food preparation skills. Additionally, you will have the ability to work in a pressured environment as well as an understanding of the importance of 'Child Protection and Safeguarding' issues when working in a school setting. Any person working in a school must hold an enhanced DBS check.

The ability to contribute to the development of our school is essential and we believe that energy, passion and a commitment to high standards are key characteristics required.  We are looking for a special individual who is able to help inspire and engage the young people that we serve. This is an opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their skills and experience in a challenging, motivating and highly rewarding environment. Previous experience of working in a food environment would be desirable, excellent support skills and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are also just as important.

This position is due to commence in April 2020 (subject to approved reference/DBS checks).  

Applications are invited online through the Acorn Care and Education website  If you have any further queries regarding how to apply please contact the Headteacher, Gemma Mann on 01384 884883 or email us on

Closing Date: Monday 30th March 2020

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 an Enhanced DBS Check.