• Job Reference: SE3657
  • Date Posted: 4 July 2024
  • Recruiter: Smart Hire
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £14.12 to £15.05 Per Hour
  • Sector: Hospitality, Catering & Tourism
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description


We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced Chef to join our busy and friendly school catering team as Hospitality Chef.  Reporting to the Chef Manager, this role has three main responsibilities:

  • Prepare delicious, high quality food for pupils, staff and visitors during term time.
  • Prepare catering and supervise out of school hours functions and events.
  • Lead the catering service for Nursery during school holidays when the Nursery remains open.

Being highly motivated and flexible will be key and you will need to have excellent customer service skills with a positive, cheerful, & ‘can-do’ attitude.  Main duties will include:

  • Preparation, cooking and service of the lunchtime and Nursery meals plus any hospitality functions.
  • Assisting the Chef Manager/Customer Experience Manager where required.
  • Supervising and delegating roles to supporting Catering Assistants.
  • Managing a key section of the kitchen.
  • Adhering to strict allergen protocols and procedures.
  • Liaising with Nursery staff regarding Nursery menu delivery and planning.
  • Helping with the general cleaning and clearing up on completion of service.
  • Supporting out of hours school events and hospitality where required.

Shift Patterns:

35 hours per week during school term time (flexing up to 47.5 hours on peak weeks).

20 hours per week during school holidays (flexing up to 35 hours on peak weeks).

Salary will be paid at 35 hours per week all year irrespective of shift pattern with surplus hours made up supporting the catering service at functions/events during evenings and weekends as required.

Previous catering experience is essential as either a School Chef or from a contract/ commercial catering environment.


As part of the GDST, the UK's leading network of independent girls' schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Competitive salaries and pay progression
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Good transport links
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension scheme with up to 12% employer contributions
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchases and travel season tickets
  • A Cycle to Work scheme
  • Competitive terms and conditions of employment
  • Uniform and a free lunch are provided

Applications should be submitted by midday on Thursday 01st August 2024 at the latest; however, applications may be considered in advance of the deadline.

About the School:

Northampton High School, part of the Girls' Day School Trust (GDST), is an independent girls' day school with a reputation for academic excellence, strong pastoral care and a wide breadth of extra-curricular activity. We offer a Nursery, Junior and Senior School across one site and we are proud to be at the forefront of education for girls and a strong voice in promoting opportunities for young women.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included. The GDST is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including online searches and checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Our reference: SE3657

Vacancy:  Chef

Location:  Northampton

Salary:  £14.12-£15.05 per hour

£25,708 – £27,388 actual salary based on 35 hours per week.

Hours: 35 hours per week with flexibility for evening/weekend working as required

Required from: As soon as possible (after all relevant checks are complete)

Contract:  Permanent, all year round

National World / Smart Hire are advertising on behalf of Northampton High School.