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School Kitchen Assistant

Buckshaw Village
Oliver House School

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(One Year Maternity Cover)

Oliver House School, Hallgate, Astley Village, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 1XA

Hours: 20 hours per week. Term time only

Priory Education and Children’s Services is a leading company in the UK offering independent behavioural care for commissioners across the UK.

With over 100 high quality schools, colleges and homes we focus on making a real and lasting difference for everyone we support.

Oliver House School is an independent school part of the Priory Group under the Education & Children Services.

We are currently recruiting for a School Kitchen Assistant for One year Maternity Cover.

The school currently caters for approximately 20-30 children and young people with autism and challenging behaviour between the ages of 7-19 years, supported by approximately 40 staff.

All of the children and young people at Oliver House School have a hot meal offering with a range of dietary requirements.

As a School Kitchen Assistant you will need to have a friendly approach and the ability to communicate with children of all ages, as you will be main point of contact for the children & young people and staff during service.

You must be able work well under pressure and be able to follow instruction accurately regarding dietary requirements.

It is important you are flexible and can adapt to the needs of the young people.

The successful individual will assist with the preparation, cooking and presentation of the food.

There will also be some administrative tasks to ensure that relevant paperwork for the kitchen is kept up to date and that all health and safety legislation is adhered to.

The successful candidate must have a ‘can do attitude’ to the role with a focus that the young people’s needs come first.

The successful candidate will work closely with and be directed by the School Cook and report to the School Business Manager.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of food hygiene requirements
  • Some previous experience of working in a catering environment.
  • An understanding of health and safety at work, particularly with regard to catering
  • Experience serving meals for large groups in a pressured environment.
  • Knowledge of food allergies and special dietary requirements

Our Benefits:

  • We pay for your DBS
  • Free parking on site
  • On-going training and career progression
  • Free monthly £1,000 colleague lotto
  • Online discounts and cash back for high street to holidays


For all roles we require a minimum of two references. References provided must cover the last 3 years, for all of our services we will need to request all references from where you have worked with either Children or Vulnerable Adults. Please be advised that references will be requested prior to interview for all roles within our schools.

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.


Priory Education Services is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. All applicants must be willing to undergo safeguarding screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and disclosures with the relevant body at an enhanced level. We are an equal opportunities employer. Priory Education and Children's services will cover the cost of a DBS.

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