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Catering Assistant

 Essex Scale 2 Point 3 - 4
(£13,359.52 - £13,581.03 per annum depending on experience)
(Plus £404.83 fringe allowance per annum)

26 hours per week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 7:45am-12:45pm
Wednesday 7:45am-14:15pm with a 30-minute unpaid break

Monday - Friday


Brentwood County High School
Shenfield Common, Seven Arches Road, Brentwood, Essex.CM14 4JFEssex
Brentwood County High School

It is an exciting time to join the team at Brentwood County High School. With our new building, that opened in February 2024 and a new vision for the school, it is the perfect time to join our journey.
We are currently seeking to recruit a Catering Assistant to join the catering team. This post will assist the Catering Manager in the preparation, delivery and clearing away of food. Previous experience is desirable but not essential, as training will be provided, the successful candidate will be enthusiastic, motivated, have excellent communication skills and a commitment to high standards of health and safety.

Due to increasing student numbers, Brentwood County High School is on a journey of improvement and is seeking to appoint additional staff. Following our "Good" Ofsted rating in June 2022 and several years of excellent student outcomes, demand for places in Year 7 and Year 12 has been rising. In February 2024, we will be excited to open the final stage of our £27 million DFE heritage building project. This will provide new state-of-the-art learning environments - including new science, sporting, technology, and art facilities - whilst also retaining the character of the original school buildings that date back over a century.

BCHS is a Co-operative Academy which is firmly rooted in serving our community. We are proud to be an inclusive co-educational comprehensive school where we recognise that success for young people is built on firm foundations of trust, respect, care and hard work. We measure our success by much more than exam results as we recognise that such data tells only a part of the story of each of our young people. BCHS is already a great place to teach and learn and we have many strengths including:
Motivated and polite pupils, who have a strong voice in the school with diversity champions and student parliament
Staff are aided by extensive in-house support and coaching, by dedicated and helpful colleagues 
Knowledgeable and dynamic Trust with supportive governors, with a robust understanding of education 
BCHS is located in the heart of Brentwood, near the town centre, a short distance from the train station, which is 25 minutes from Liverpool Street Station. The school also includes a large sixth-form campus and achievements at KS5 have been a key strength at BCHS. Parking is available on-site and there are good transport links by both rail and bus. BCHS is just over two miles from the M25.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust, with twelve member schools within Essex. All schools in the Trust work in equal partnership and are members of the schools' Co-operative Society. Our Co-operative Values focus on enabling all students to achieve their potential both academically and as young people. 

What the school can offer: 

Relocation package of up to £8,000 for new employees renting or buying a property 
Support network for all staff including managing workloads and work-life balance   
Career progression throughout the Trust, with the ability to progress in other schools  
Recognition of continuous service   
Excellent CPD opportunities through the school and the trust   
Fully Subsided Employee Assistance Programme    
Excellent behaviour management policy to support all staff  
National Conditions of Service  
Automatic enrolment into the Local Government Pension Scheme   

 If you feel the school would suit you, and you have the passion, drive and commitment to work with us to make all aspects of our school outstanding, please apply now or you can request a visit to the school or for more information speak to Sophie Neal or call 01375 648901.

BCHS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. In compliance with safer recruitment procedures and guidelines, all applications must be made on our formal application form, CVs will not be accepted. This appointment will be subject to pre-employment checks including an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and satisfactory references. Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is an equal opportunities employer. As a Trust, we recognise the value of, and seek to achieve a diverse workforce. We welcome applications from all backgrounds. Please refer to our recruitment and selection policy statement ( for more information.  
If you would like to be considered for this post, application forms are available via our website Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust


Food service & preparation

- Assist in the preparation of food as and when required

- Follow the Catering Manager’s instructions and avoid wastage

- Maintain high standards of presentation of food and replenish counters, keeping the looking attractive throughout the service time

- Control portion sizes and wastage and be aware of all menu items and prices and offers

- Understand from the chef what each day’s menu is, how the dishes are made, to be able to answer customer queries

Customer relationships

- Make a point of speaking to each customer in a friendly, helpful and professional way.

- Assist customers when necessary and listen to any comments they may have – relaying these to the manager or chef

The team

- Undertake all basic training and work effectively with colleagues as part of the team

Hygiene and unit appearance

- Understand standards of food hygiene and act accordingly

- Maintain correct procedures for handling and storage of food

- Ensure tables are attractive, clean and ready to use, clearing tables during service

- Regularly clean all equipment and surfaces thoroughly and in accordance with cleaning schedules and safety requirements

- Dispose of rubbish as required

- Basic Food Hygiene level 2 needs to be completed annually

Health & Safety

- Follow company policy on safety procedures in accordance with training and ensure operate dangerous machinery only after full training has been given

- Wear full uniform in all food preparation and

Read the full job description
Posted on: 28 March 2024

Application Closing date

Monday, 15 April 2024 12:00 pm

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To apply, please use the application form link above or request a form by emailing us at or calling 01375 648901.

Please note: we may hold interviews as and when applications are received, and we reserve the right to offer to a candidate prior to the closing date. With this in mind, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Osborne Co-operative Academy Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service.