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Cook job description


Terms of Employment

  • Reports to Head Cook;
  • Salary range £21-23k dependent on skills, experience and qualifications;
  • Hours 37.5 per week starting at 8am;
  • Statutory holiday;
  • An offer of employment will be subject to the school’s safer recruitment process, and a probation period of 6 months;
  • Brockwood Park is a non-smoking environment;



Brockwood Park is run by the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust which is a registered charity.  Two schools, a Study Centre and the Foundation operate under the charity in 39 acres of beautiful grounds. Brockwood Park School is an independent boarding school with 70 students aged 14-18 from all over the world. Inwoods School is a small day school for infants up to 9 years of age. The Study Centre is an adult guest retreat accommodating those interested in J.Krishnamurti.



The Role

The working day starts at 8am and the main meal of the day is lunch served at 1pm.  During the working day supper is also prepared. Supper is then heated up and served at 7pm by a duty person (residential staff member). The operation is 7 days a week throughout the year with a shutdown of 2 weeks in early January. An NVQ Level 2 in Catering preferred, but not essential. Experience within a high volume catering environment is also preferable.

Someone who is interested in vegetarian dishes is important. A two week rotating menu is currently in operation and works well with the students. The ethos is to use organic ingredients wherever possible with suppliers on board such as Infinity and Riverford. The one-acre walled vegetable garden also provides seasonal produce. Brockwood is a beautiful and nourishing environment to work in, with a great team.


Duties and Responsibilities


  • As per direction from the Head Cook to be responsible for the provision of meals ensuring dietary requirements meet the required standard;
  • Working to high standards of practice and food hygiene;
  • Communicate politely and courteously, to build and maintain strong relationships. Be responsive to emails;



You may be required to undertake other tasks that can be reasonably assigned to you within your capability. This job description is subject to review in line with any developing needs of the organisation.




Brockwood Park is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.There will be statutory safeguarding training. The job holder will be expected to promote and safeguard the welfare of students and persons for whom s/he is responsible, or with whom s/he comes into contact and will adhere to and ensure compliance with the school’s Child Protection Policy Statement at all times. If in the course of carrying out the duties of the role, the job holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, s/he must report any concerns to their manager or the management team.





Suitability for the post will be measured through the cover letter, CV, two stage interview process, supporting evidence, e.g. certificates, and references undertaken. Copies will be taken of ID documents and qualification certificates when invited for an interview and will only be kept on file if your application is successful. If you are unsuccessful, all copied documents will be destroyed confidentially and securely.


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