School Catering Manager

Location:          Oak Tree School, Truro, Cornwall.

Salary:             Up to £17,292 dependent on experience

Hours:              8am – 2pm, Monday to Friday

Contract:          Permanent, Term Time only


We’re looking for a School Catering Manager to join the Oak Tree School team. Someone who is organised and self-motivated would be perfect for this role.

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

About the Group

We are part of Acorn Education and Care and can promise you plenty of challenges, and a rich variety of opportunities to develop your career.

We provide Education and Care across a number of schools and residential homes nationally. Our specialist SEN provision, coupled with our expertise within residential care means we offer thousands of vulnerable children and young people across the UK a holistic, wraparound care, residential and education service, empowering them with everything they need to flourish. It is by no accident that 94% of our homes are rated as Outstanding or Good.

We welcome staff who share our commitment to help children experience better days and better lives. Through ongoing development and training, we ensure our staff are well prepared for their jobs and given every opportunity to extend their skills.

Acorn Education and Care is part of the Outcomes First Group.

About the role

We are looking for a School Catering Manager to prepare and cook for students and staff team (around 200 people). The right candidate will be responsible for the day to day management of our catering services. We will require the right candidate to produce a rolling 3 week menu that is changed every term.

Who we are looking for?

Applicants would benefit from experience of working with students with Social Emotional and Mental Health but this is not essential as relevant training would be given to suitable candidates.

Essential Criteria

  • Experience in administration and budgeting, including stock control and ordering
  • Experience in producing school menus
  • Proven ability in the supervision of staff, including staff training
  • Excellent cooking skills

Why work for us

  • Social activities
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters"
  • Employee Rewards Hub
  • Free School meals on site
  • No two days are ever the same
  • Be part of a fantastic team who work hard together and support each other
  • Opportunity to enrich the lives of young people and make a positive difference
  • Continuous professional development and training for a clear career path

Applications are invited online though the Acorn Education website If you have any further questions regarding how to apply please contact Laura Hearl on 01872264221 or email

Acorn Education and Care are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to fully Enhanced DBS.

We expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment and strive to achieve the best outcome possible for everybody in our care. A full application form must be completed with all employment dates accurate and gaps in employment accounted for

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