At OFG, we work smarter so you can spend more time doing what makes you happy!

How would you like to be paid for five days but only work four*?

Our colleagues’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do at OFG, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve everyone’s work/life balance. We’re taking part in a trial of the 4-Day Working Week, meaning that you could be working one day less a week (or equivalent).

4DWW will be rolled out within our school, when we have a full complement of staff, and within the next year – so there’s never been a more exciting time to join us #teamOFG

Job Title:         Kitchen Assistant

Salary:             £10,043.92 per annum (£11.26 per hour)

Location:         Acorn Park School, Banham

Hours:             20 hours per week; Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm

Contact:          Permanent; Term Time only

Must be UK based.

Job Purpose

The purpose is to assist the Catering Manager to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen, taking care of all aspects of hygiene as well as helping to prepare food Catering assistants are also responsible for carrying out basic food preparation tasks, such as washing and peeling food. They will also collect and dispose of waste.

  • Assisting with basic food preparation activities, including washing up, peeling and cutting vegetables
  • Cleaning and sanitising all tableware before and after service.
  • Cleaning and washing kitchen appliances such as mixer, utensils and cutters
  • Assist with unloading fresh supplies and organising the storerooms
  • Food service to pupils and staff
  • Ensure all health & safety and food hygiene regulations, including HACCP, are maintained within the kitchen environment
  • Ensuring a good standard of cleanliness is maintained
  • Report behaviour observations to the Catering Manager for them to maintain the school’s standard of discipline and behaviour
  • To check, put away and store deliveries correctly
  • Additional duties as directed by the Catering Manager

Requirement: Cooking experience 

About the School

Acorn Park is a school for students aged 4-19 years, who all have a primary diagnosis of Autism. We run two curriculum pathways – Formal and Semi-formal. Our Complex needs pupils are on the Semi-Formal Pathway which is highly personalised from their EHCP. We have a mixture of Day and Residential pupils  as we have 8 co-located pupil’s homes on our 30 Acre site in rural Norfolk. On site, we also have a large Forest School and Animal Care Farm along with play facilities, a sports hall and sensory rooms.

For over 16 years Options Autism have provided care and education to pupils, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. 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 Options Autism?


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you’ll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • “Your Wellbeing Matters” – access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that’s right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100’s of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the pupils and vulnerable young adults in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you’ll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils and young people. All applicants will be subject to social media checks and successful applicants to a fully enhanced DBS.

*You’ll work 80% of your contractual hours for 100% of your pay, giving you more time to do the things that make you happy.


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