Catering Manager
Unity Primary Academy
Hickory Avenue Greenstead Estate, Colchester, England CO4 3QJ
Start Date
As soon as possible
NJC England and Wales, SCP 9 – 11 (£25,119 - £25,979) FTE salary

About the Role

The catering manager will be responsible for the operational efficiency of the catering service within Unity Primary Academy, this will entail the planning, preparation and presentation of food and beverages whilst working within the budget limitations and managing our catering team.

Successful candidates should have:

  • Previous experience of planning meals within nutritional and dietary guidelines
  • Knowledge of a range of procedures and equipment for preparing, cooking, and serving food
  • Experience of preparation and cooking of food adhering to hygiene standards
  • Ability to influence, encourage, persuade and negotiate with others to achieve desired results (e.g. to diffuse bad behaviour, to ensure work is carried out in accordance with plans and Health and Safety, etc
  • Needs to understand how to respond appropriately when faced with difficult situations or when handling enquiries and complaints
  • Experience of supervising a team
  • General understanding of the operation of a school
  • Knowledge of First Aid
  • Ability to maintain a high standard of personal and general cleanliness and hygiene to comply with statutory and school regulations

What can we offer you?

  • An active school community with supportive parents;
  • An award-winning learning environment;
  • Excellent professional development opportunities;
  • A supportive working culture that focuses on positive learning behaviour and high expectations for all children
  • The chance to work with a supportive family of schools (REAch2 trust) who share the same passion for primary education

Background Information about the School

Unity Primary Academy is situated within the Greenstead Estate of Colchester with close links to the University of Essex, Colchester Borough Council as well as Essex County Council as well as our cluster REAch2 schools.   We are proud of our achievements to date, and we are continually seeking to invest in the futures of our pupils, families and staff.  We are embarking on a journey of excellence and have the highest aspirations and expectations in all to help create opportunities to become life long learners for our students.

At Unity we believe in giving every child, every chance, every day and approach this by ensuring we keep the REAch2 Touchstones at the heart of our child centred work.  The school is well resourced and has extensive grounds that allow us to provide varied learning experiences to engage and motivate our children and the school has recently been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom Silver Award and we engage with organisations such as the Countryside Trust to bring learning to life.  We are also investing in our outdoor provision and are creating additional opportunities to learn life skills and thrive where ever possible.

We are a caring employer who invests in the future of our employees, as only through their excellence can we deliver excellence for the children and families whom we serve. To see more information about the school, please visit our website Unity Primary academy or the REAch2 Website.

As a member of the REAch2 Trust, a national family of primary academies, Unity Primary Academy is committed to raising standards and achieving excellent for all pupils whatever their background or circumstance. The Trust provides a strong culture of collaboration and support, together with high expectations for staff and pupils alike. Unity Primary Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people / vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position is subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory written references.

Closing Date
Wednesday 17th April 2024 at 12pm (midday)
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The Application Form can be downloaded from the Documents section of this advert.

Completed applications forms should be sent to [email protected]

REAch2 Academy Trust have an Equal Opportunities Policy for selection and recruitment. Applicants are requested to complete the Trust’s online Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form separately.


REAch2 is continuously working towards improving the diversity of the Trust, and the experience for our staff from diverse backgrounds. We are clear that the value of greater diversity to the Trust lies in the way we will value difference when we work together towards richer solutions. 

We are keen to hear from all candidates with the appropriate experience who feel they can make a real contribution to the Trust. If you can bring a fresh perspective to the challenges we face whether through your background as someone from an ethnic minority or you live with a disability (visible or not), are open about your faith, religion or belief or about being LGBTQ+, your application will receive a warm welcome. As will applications from all suitable candidates.

REAch2 is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all adults working in or with our schools to share this commitment.

Enclosed in our application pack is a copy of our safer recruitment policy, which outlines the steps we take to ensure that we attract the most suitable, high calibre candidates, and to help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or are otherwise unsuited to working with them.

We encourage all potential candidates to read this policy carefully in order to fully understand what is expected of you in our recruitment process. All roles will be assessed for the appropriate level of DBS check, which will include a Children’s Barred List check if the role meets the criteria for regulated activity.

  • A wide range of professional development opportunities,
  • A competitive salary,
  • Term-time only and flexible working
  • Membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme LGPS,

As part of REAch2 employee benefits we also offer an eye care scheme, access to an Employee Assistance Programme for you and your immediate family and membership of ‘perks at work’ – which includes discounts on holidays, shopping, family days out and much more.