Oundle School

Job Title / Role: Chef

Location: Oundle

Type: Part Time

Contact: Recruitment at Oundle School

Job Description:

Our Catering Department have an exciting opportunity for a dedicated, hardworking Chef to join their team.


The Chef is responsible for the successful production of healthy, balanced food to pupils, staff, and visitors at all services, within pre- determined budgetary levels. They are challenged to produce as many dishes from fresh ingredients as possible and have the opportunity to actively contribute to the introduction of new service innovations.

Working within the Kitchen team, the role holder will report to the Head Chef, and has daily responsibility for General Catering Assistants, Kitchen Porters, and Pot Wash in the absence of the Head Chef. For the right candidate this role will offer variety, diversity, and plenty of development opportunities. In addition to a friendly working environment and excellent opportunities for career progression, we offer a wide range of benefits including Pension, Life Assurance, BUPA Wellness Plan, Employee Assistance Programme and discounted membership of the Sports Centre and swimming pool.


Hours of work: 80 hours over a 2-week rota, working either early or late shifts. Working alternative weekends.

Working Weeks: 41.4 working weeks per annum, paid for 47 weeks to include annual leave entitlement.

Salary: £25,662 pro-rata per annum, (£28,392 FTE)


Oundle and Laxton Junior Schools have long been associated with the very best of modern independent education, especially boarding. The Schools take seriously their responsibility to pupils so that they can emerge as decent, open-minded adults; ambitious about what they can go on to achieve and contribute. Over 1400 pupils are on roll at the School, of whom 840 are full boarders. Academic results are steadfastly excellent. 

 A team of around 800 staff, both academic and support, ensure an education of the highest standard is in place across the Schools with the efforts of the whole team focused on this fundamental aim.


We are fortunate in our location at the heart of a beautiful market town. School and town are part of the same community and our pupils take their place within this community, not isolated from it. The town has a spirited cultural life, with an annual international festival, literature festival, and frequent performances of nationally touring shows at the School’s Stahl Theatre.


To be successful in this role you will have been awarded at least NVQ level 2 in Food Preparation, Food Safety and Allergen Awareness and have an awareness of health and safety regulations. You will need to demonstrate previous experience working as a chef, have a proven track record in providing quality food and be willingness to learn and adapt, with a focus on continuous development. A positive, flexibly attitude with the ability to prioritise and organise workloads is imperative.

For full details of the responsibilities and requirements for the role including the benefits on offer and an overview of the School, please see the Job Description available below. 


Full details of the role, including hours of work and salary, can be found at the "Job Description" link, below. If you are excited by this opportunity, please complete and return an application form and supplement to the application before the closing date. Please note CV submissions cannot be accepted.

Application closing date: Friday 21st June 2024, 9am

Interview date: To be agreed with shortlisted candidates 

If you have any questions about the role, please contact:

HR Department, Oundle School, The Bursary, Church Street, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4EE

Email c/o: [email protected] or Tel: 01832 277193

How to Apply: Please apply via the website