School Cook

Location: Meath School & Specialist Centre, Brox Road, Ottershaw, Surrey, KT16 0LF

Contract: Permanent, Full Time (40 hours a week), Term time plus 2 weeks (41 weeks per year)

Salary: £19,441.29 - £20,425.34 (£10.26 - £10.78 per hour) depending on experience.
(FTE salary = £21,337 - £22,417)

I CAN’s Meath School is a consistently outstanding special school committed to the highest quality integrated education, therapy and care. Meath is a non-maintained day and residential school for pupils aged between 4 – 11 years, who have severe and complex speech, language and communication difficulties together with other learning and/or behavioural difficulties. Working collaboratively as part of strong and supportive multi-disciplinary team of teachers, therapists, learning support assistants and care officers we create stimulating learning environments, where all pupils are enabled to communicate as effectively as possible, individuals are valued and achievement is celebrated.

We are looking for a committed, creative chef to be responsible for coordinating the catering arrangements for children and staff at Meath School.  You will be responsible for all aspects of running the school kitchen and be required to provide high quality varied menus for the children, staff and visitors to quality, time, and budget requirements.  You will be supported by the Kitchen Assistant to ensure food hygiene requirements are adhered to.

We are keen to hear from you if you have:

  • Experience of cooking for large groups of people or in a school environment
  • Knowledge of environment health record keeping requirements
  • Experience of preparing meals for those with special dietary needs
  • Experience of working with children
  • The ability to work independently

Does this sound like you? We would love to hear from you if that is the case.

In return we offer you:

  • An inclusive and supportive work environment
  • Access to our employee benefits programmes (discounts on Perkbox, employee assistance programme and workplace pension)
  • A range of employee wellbeing interventions
  • An investment in your personal development
  • On-site parking

Please contact Debbie Hanson via email at  if you would like further information about the role or to arrange a visit to the school.

To apply, please complete the application form in the pack below and return it to by Midday, on Monday 4 July.  Interviews will take place during the week commencing 4 July.

I CAN is the UK’s leading children’s communication charity. We run two special schools, design and deliver interventions and train practitioners to deliver these with children and young people, run a Communications Consortium of 35 like-minded charities and social enterprises, run a family support helpline and raise awareness of the impact poor speech, language and communication can have on a child’s life chances. You can read more about us in the recruitment pack below.

We serve children and young people from all backgrounds and strive to represent the same diversity in our workforce. We strongly believe there is unity in diversity and are committed to create an inclusive working environment for all. We are under-represented by people who are male or from ethnic minority backgrounds or those who identify as being from the LGBTQ+ community. We particularly welcome applications from all suitably qualified people from these backgrounds. If you are excited about making an impact in children’s lives, we would love to hear from you.

Please note that we will not close applications before this time and date as we recognise that candidates put in a lot of time and effort into making an application and we want to give each of you the time and space to put in an application you feel proud of.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, unfortunately, we are not always able to respond to every applicant. If you have not received a response within one week after the closing date, you have not been successful on this occasion.

We are committed to safer recruitment practices and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post is subject to positive written references and an enhanced DBS and barred list check.


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