Job title:              Catering Assistant

Location:             The Holden School, Leigh, Greater Manchester

Salary:                 £16,993.20 per annum

Hours:                 37.5 hours per week

Contract:             Permanent, Term Time only

If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!

We now have an opportunity for a Catering Assistant to join our close-knit team at The Holden School.

About us

The Holden School is an independent specialist day school for boys and girls aged from 4 to 16, catering for children with a wide range of needs in Lancashire, Manchester and surrounding areas. Our dedicated team work together to ensure successful outcomes for pupils who often arrive at the school with a troubled view of education and life. We are a Therapeutic Led, Trauma Informed School providing individualised curriculums for our young people supported by our Class Teams, our Pastoral Team and our own Therapists.

We pride ourselves in steering children in the right direction, nurturing aspiration to progress them academically and socially, to encourage them to take pride in their achievements. Socially, we build confidence in our students so they are able to have a greater understanding of the wider community in which they live.

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.

About the Role

Working with our friendly and supportive team, you will be working alongside the Catering Manager to prepare and serve meals to pupils and staff members, maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area. These duties will include but are not limited to; assisting the Catering Manager prepare food, prepare the dining hall for pupil’s lunch time, serve food and assisting to clean the dining hall and kitchen area after lunch times.

You will work hard and at pace to complete your designated work each day and ensure the correct equipment and cleaning methods are used to adhere to relevant Food Hygiene Standards.  Level 2 Food Hygiene preferred but not essential.

Whilst previous experience of working in a SEN environment would be desirable, excellent communication, interpersonal skills, the right kind of motivation, personal qualities and levels of resilience are just as important.  

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.


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.

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