Job Details

Job Title:                Catering Assistant

Location:               Oak Tree School, Truro, Cornwall.

Salary:                    £9,750 per year

Hours:                    Part Time, Monday to Friday 9am – 2pm

Contract:               Permanent, Term Time only

Can you enrich the lives of young people as a Catering Assistant?

We are looking for a responsible, caring Catering Assistant to join our fantastic team at Oak Tree School in Truro, Cornwall. As Catering Assistant, you will help support our children and young people in their daily lives, ensuring they are well fed, comfortable, and healthy.

This is a great opportunity to work as part of a team committed to helping children with varied and complex needs. You will work alongside our Catering Manager to prepare and serve meals to our pupils and our team.

Our Catering Assistants carry out an essential and role to provide meals required by the children and young people in our care. You will take pride in maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area and prepare the dining hall before and after serving. For many of our children consistency is key and our Catering Assistants take time to make sure everything is as it should be for a smooth lunchtime service.

When it comes to looking after our children, we never settle for second best. We are looking for a Catering Assistant, who shares our vision to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK, to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Previous experience in a similar setting would be great but isn’t essential as full training will be given, and the right motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important. This role is ideal for people working in customer facing industries including retail, hospitality, and leisure, looking for a new role that makes a real difference to children’s lives and futures.

You will be quality focused, efficient, able to work at pace and motivated to help us provide a safe, caring environment where every child can thrive.

About us:

Oak Tree School is a specialist provision positioned near the city of Truro in Cornwall. The school provides full-time specialist co-education for up to 65 children and young people aged 7 to 16 who experience social, emotional, mental health, communication difficulties and associated challenging behaviours. These children and young people often cannot cope, function or achieve within a mainstream environment. The aim is to provide a structured, nurturing approach, with pupils accessing a broad, balanced and engaging curriculum to meet their significant needs

Acorn Education & Care is the UK’s leading independent provider of specialist education and residential care for vulnerable children and young people. As part of Outcomes First Group we are leading our sector in setting and delivering new approaches that provide measurable outcomes for those in our care.

Why join us?

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment and the chance to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team, who work hard and support each other to deliver personalised, bespoke education & care. Our benefits package includes free parking, shopping discounts and cashback via our ‘Rewards Hub’, and access to content on mindfulness, fitness, recipes and much more as part of our ‘Your Wellbeing Matters’ programme.

As well as opportunities for internal promotion, you will have access to high-quality Continuing Professional Development to help pursue your own personal goals. We also offer accredited training programmes including Diplomas and NVQs, supplemented by ongoing learning opportunities.

Ultimately, all of our roles give you the opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference

Application process & dates

The closing date for applications is 26, February 2021.

For further information and to apply please visit our website at

Acorn Education and Care is part of Outcomes First Group. We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully Enhanced DBS