Kitchen Assistant

Job tile:               Kitchen Assistant

Location:             Heath Farm School, Charing Heath, Ashford, Kent

Salary:                 £7,642.66 per annum (£9.52 p/h)

Hours:                 18 hours per week; 10.00am – 2.00pm, Monday to Thursday and 10:30-12:30 on Fridays

Contract:             Permanent

About the role

We are seeking to appoint a Kitchen Assistant to work in our recently constructed kitchen and dining room which began operation in February 2022.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of our catering team providing meals for students and staff.

About the School

It is an exciting time to join Heath Farm School. Under the leadership of the forward-thinking head teacher, the school and its team have redesigned and created a purposeful and unique ‘Heath Farm Curriculum’ that fully meets the holistic needs of our students.

We are now in the stage of fully embedding this across the school. We are an independent SEN school that offers a unique and stimulating environment where every pupil is able to make outstanding progress in their personal development and enjoy success in their education.

Our students present with a wide range of needs, including social and emotional issues, learning difficulties, mental health problems and associated conditions. However, they can enjoy extraordinary outcomes and be happy at school. There are currently 100 students on role and a staff team of approximately the same number.

The construction of the new kitchen and dining facility aligns with our vision of community, and students and staff eat together at lunchtime. Also new is a horticulture programme, which sees students planting and nurturing fruits and vegetables which will be available for the kitchen to use in the production of meals.

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.

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

Who are we looking for?

Above all else we are looking for someone with the right attitude and outlook, combined with the appropriate practical skills ideally learned in a commercial kitchen. The job is more than just cooking meals, and so the willingness to get involved the whole-school ethos is essential.

Why join Acorn Education & Care? 


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

How to Apply

Visits to the school are welcomed, and we are certain that you will be even keener to apply once you see the fabulous and caring approach, we take with our students along with our excellent and modern site.  To arrange a visit please initially call Liz Thorne on 01233 712030.

And that’s not all, we place the outcomes of the children 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 children and young people. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.