Various Catering Positions

  • Croydon
  • £9.08 - £10.00
  • Royal Russell School


Royal Russell is an exceptional independent Day and Boarding school for girls and boys from Nursery to Sixth Form.      Royal Russell was founded in 1853 as a charity to look after orphan children of the textile trades, providing a home, a family and an education to those in need.  They are proud of their long and distinguished history that has seen the school grow and evolve over the past 160 years. Reference to their heritage can be seen throughout the school in the beautiful original architecture, blending effortlessly with 21st century facilities for Sport, Music, Drama, Science, Media Technology and the Arts.  


The Royal Russell has a large and friendly Catering department (38 staff) and provides a daily catering service to staff, students and visitors, producing around 1300 lunches each day, and breakfast, supper and all weekend meals during term time weeks for our 160 boarders. Alongside this regular service, they support a range of functions and events in the evening and weekends and provide meals for guests staying on site for holiday courses.


Our Chefs will join a team of experienced and qualified supportive staff who will help you develop your catering skills. You will have a real passion for cooking high quality, innovative, healthy food and will be qualified to NVQ Level 2 (Hospitality and Catering or Cooking for the Catering Industry) or equivalent, and have experience of preparing, cooking and presenting high quality food in a high-volume environment. We are also looking for Kitchen Assistants to support our Chefs in the preparation, cooking and service of all menu items for everyday meal service as well as specialist functions and events. These roles will suit someone with an eye for presentation who wishes to progress their career in catering.


Our Catering Assistants help with serving customers in the front of house area, and assist with preparing and clearing the dining hall and servery area, and cleaning and washing up of all kitchen and service equipment, utensils and crockery, both by hand and using mechanical equipment. Most staff work on a shift roster planned half a term in advance to cover 6.00 am to 8.30 pm in term time (more standard hours during holiday periods) and working five days out of seven and receive a shift allowance for this. Some term-time and part-time posts are available including some who work more standard days.


The Royal Russell School are recruiting the following staff:

Weekend Chef - £6,300 pa (£10.03 ph)15 hours pw for 36 weeks pa during term-time (0.3225 fte)

Catering Assistants - 3 postsPost A - £18,863 pa (£9.67 ph) all year round (1.0 fte) Job share applications considered37.5 hours pw working to a shift roster on any 5 days of the week

Post B - £15,210 pa (£9.67 ph) (0.8063 fte) Job share applications considered37.5 hours pw working to a shift roster on any 5 days of the week during term time weeks only (36 weeks pa)  

Post C - £3,426 pa (£9.08 ph) (0.1935 fte)9 hours pw worked 11.30am-4.30pm on Thursday and Friday each week during term time weeks only (36 weeks pa) 

Kitchen Porter - £17,711 pa (£9.08 ph)-37.5 hours pw all year round (1.0 fte Job share applications considered


  • For all posts you should have great communication and customer service skills with a polite, friendly and positive attitude at all times.
  • We pride ourselves on offering a high-quality service and want staff who are committed to the highest standards and able to use their own initiative to deliver this.
  • It would be beneficial if you had previous experience in a high-volume catering environment but a strong work ethic, a can-do attitude, and a willingness to pitch in are most important.
  • Able to cope with  serving 1300 lunches a day  as part of a team



In addition to the benefit of working with a friendly and dedicated team in our beautiful green parkland estate in this historic School, we offer:-

  • 30 days paid holiday plus 8 public holidays for full time posts,
  • free life cover and access to a pension scheme with employer contributions,
  • free parking,
  • easy access to transport links,
  • free meals,
  • use of our on-site tennis courts, swimming pool and gym facilities free of charge,
  • a discount of up to 50% on School fees (85% for wrap around care in school terms) and for Supercamps in holiday periods, and
  • training and development for candidates seeking to develop a career in catering


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