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Chef de Partie (January 2021)

Ark Burlington Danes AcademyHammersmith and Fulham

Our School

Ark Burlington Danes Academy is a superbly resourced, rapidly improving school with a rich history and high ambition. Our school was founded in 1699 and holds a special place in educational history as the first girls’ school in London; we are fortunate to maintain ongoing links with our alumni network. Now a mixed school in 2006, we became the founding school of the Ark network. We are a Church of England non-selective, allthrough comprehensive school serving our local community, in an area of significant social disadvantage. We are close to White City underground station, with excellent links to central London, and benefit from rapidly developing professional and academic infrastructure on our doorstep. We are a short walk from Imperial College’s new faculty site and the BBC, both of whom provide opportunities to our students. We are also fortunate to have the new EdCity site, home of Ark’s new headquarters, as our neighbour, allowing us to tap into an excellent hub of pedagogical expertise.

At Ark Burlington Danes Academy, we believe that everyone deserves to be accepted, included and empowered to live a life that is purposeful and fulfilling. We believe that education is the most powerful lever in overcoming social disadvantage, and so we commit ourselves to ensure that our children receive a holistic education that is exceptional in quality. We deliver a rigorous academic curriculum to ensure that our children are able to access every opportunity, alongside a non-examined curriculum focused on raising aspirations, personal development and our Christian values, ensuring our children are able to live life to its fullest potential. All our children participate in a programme of courageous advocacy for social causes to equip them with the skills and belief that they can be the ones to make the world a better place.

Job Description

Reporting to: Head Chef

Start date: September 1st 2020

Location: ARK Burlington Danes ( All Through)

Contract: TERM TIME ONLY Flexible as the service demands dictate with a ‘normal’ day being: 36 hrs/week, 40 weeks/year. There is also an expectation that shifts should be altered to oversee service in the evenings, on bank holidays and some weekends.

Salary: Ark Support Staff payscale, Inner London, Band 4, Point 3 £22,002 pro rata (Actual salary: £17,128)  per annum) 

The Role

As Chef de Partie, you will lead the team responsible for ensuring a consistent, high-quality food and meal service that meets the needs of ARK BURLINGTON DANES Academy. You will prepare, cook and present food, to school standards, under the direction of the Head Chef and the Chef Manager.

Key Responsibilities


* Assisting in the serving and clearing of all food, beverages and associated utensils

* Assist in the planning, preparation and cooking of meals and special functions

* Requisition supplies for area of responsibility

* Ensure that food is prepared in accordance to DUE DILIGENCE and with School’s Hygiene Procedures, e.g. temperatures are recorded, samples are taken, foodstuffs are stored safely and hygienically and a food production plan is completed

* Ensure that dishes are produced and costed to required standards of quality and presentation for service


* Instruct General Catering Assistants in food production methods

* Ensure that work area is maintained in a clean and hygienic state at all times

* Adhere to the School’s Hygiene, Health and Safety policies

* Complete statutory health and hygiene training,allergence trainings and examinations

* Demonstrate good standards of customer service

* Assist with stock control/stock taking

* Coordinate and anticipate with last minute operational request eg. Hospitality ,events & functions etc

* Receive, check and safely store supplies

* Punctuality (time keeping)


* Carry out other tasks as directed by the Catering Manager or Head Chef

Person Specification: Chef de Partie’

Qualification Criteria

* Right to work in the UK

* Relevant catering qualification is essential

* Health & Hygiene Certificate is essential

* First Aid qualification, desirable

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* Experience of cooking in large quantities ideally within a school or education setting

* Experience of working with children

* Experience of cultural diversity, with particular reference to food preparation and dietary preferences, desirable

* Knowledge of healthy eating and nutrition and creating related menus

* Excellent communications skills

Personal Characteristics

* Genuine passion for and a belief in the potential of every student

* Deep commitment to Ark’s mission of providing an excellent education to all students, regardless of their background

* Hard working, conscientious, detail orientated and highly organised

* Excellent team player, helpful, friendly and willing to undertake extra tasks as and when necessary

* Good role model for students and staff, with high expectations for self and others

* Genuine interest and willingness to help children learn how to eat healthily

* Enthusiasm for high nutritional standards


* Commitment to equality of opportunity and the safeguarding and welfare of all pupils

* Willingness to undertake training

* The post holder will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.