Location: Doucecroft School, Colchester 

Salary: £8.21 per hour 

Part-time: 25 hours per week. Monday – Friday 9.00 – 14.00 Term time only, 39 weeks per annum plus 3 training days and to work 10 days per annum during school holiday periods as agreed with the Head Cook. 

Job ref: D177 

Assisting the Head Cook with the preparation and cooking of well-balanced healthy meals whilst ensuring the students’ dietary needs are met. You will be working as a team to maintain a high standard of hygiene and the smooth running of the main kitchen and dining areas including ordering and distribution of stock.

Your main duties will include:

  • Assisting with food preparation and cooking of meals.
  • To help maintain a clean, tidy and safe working environment, demonstrating consistently high standards of hygiene which includes cleaning the kitchen and dining area after two sittings of lunch have been served.
  • Following the Health and Safety and Environmental Health regulations and recommendations.

Our ideal candidate will be a great team player and have the following experience:

  • Food hygiene certificate - essential
  • Experience of food preparation, kitchen, cleaning and domestic duties - essential
  • Knowledge of Health and Safety and Environmental Health - essential

Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School provides education and care for children and young people with autistic spectrum condition.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity who provide to their staff ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as requiring a signed declaration of ‘disqualification by association’ for anyone who lives or works in your household.


  • Pension scheme
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • Access to Perkbox incentives including exclusive High Street, entertainment, restaurant and supermarket discounts
  • Refer a friend scheme 

In the first instance please send your CV to [email protected] or if you would like further information please call Head Office on 01206 913785. 

If no response is received within 3 weeks of applying, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions. 

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