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Head of Catering Services - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Royal Grammar School Newcastle
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Head of Catering Services - Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

Required for September 2024

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and talented Head of Catering Services to join our Catering Services team in providing a high quality, professional and responsive catering service to the Junior and Senior Schools and staff. The Head of Catering Services will manage a team of 20 and will report to the Director of Finance and Operations.

Service is cafeteria style and offers a wide choice including soup, a choice of hot and cold main courses and puddings, a vegetarian dish, open sandwiches, and salad meals.  The team prepare around 1,500 meals each day as well as preparing a number of formal dinners over the academic year for between 30 and 120 guests. Very little frozen food is used and the team, working together, takes great pride in producing interesting and healthy food whilst catering for a wide variety of dietary requirements. The successful candidate will be an active participant and contributor to the Finance and Operations team and work collaboratively across the whole school although key relationships will be with the Head of Facilities and Estates, the Head of Finance and the wider Finance and Operations team.

Hours: This is a full-time, term time only, permanent role with the school with some additional days to be worked in the summer holidays to oversee the shut down and re-opening of the kitchen.  Further information can be found in our job information pack.

Salary:  A competitive salary will be offered for this role and will reflect the experience and skills offered by the successful applicant. RGS staff salaries are reviewed on 1st August each year. 


  • During term-time, staff are provided with a free lunch, if on site.
  • For non-teaching staff we offer a support staff pension scheme, The Aviva Pension Trust for Independent Schools (APTIS). On receipt of a 6% employee contribution the school makes an employer contribution of 10%. There is also the option of a 3% employee and 5% employer contribution if preferred.  This scheme is administered via Salary Exchange (also known as Salary Sacrifice) for those who are eligible. You can opt out of the Salary Exchange arrangement whilst remaining in the pension scheme. Further details of the scheme and salary exchange will be provided on appointment.
  • Membership to life assurance scheme through Aviva which pays out 5x annual salary in the event of death in service.
  • The employee will become eligible for sick pay under the RGS Support Staff Sick Pay Scheme after a qualifying period. Details of the scheme will be provided on appointment.
  • The school offers an optional healthcare plan for all staff which includes optical, dental and physio cover, access to telephone GP consultations and a host of other benefits (terms and conditions apply). Further information will be available to the employee once in post.  
  • As with all RGS employees, the employee will be encouraged to become involved in the wider life of the RGS community.  
  • It is the school’s policy is to allow all eligible members of staff to educate their children at the school at concessionary rates, subject to their children meeting the academic entry requirements and subject to a place being available.
  • Ongoing educational support and development of all staff with the provision of external and internal training courses, and our middle leaders training programme for existing and aspiring managers.
  • We offer an interest free travel loan for a corporate Metro travel pass after a qualifying period. Further information will be available upon starting in post.
  • We offer a Bike to Work scheme for qualifying members of staff. Terms and conditions apply. Details will be shared upon starting.  
  • Opportunity to see free school productions in the Miller Theatre located in our Performing Arts Centre.
  • Access to our onsite confidential counselling service.  
  • We offer access to the school medical team (1 doctor and 2 nurses) for triage medical advice and free flu vaccinations.
  • Free use of a well-equipped gym, fitness suite and swimming pool at permitted times.
  • Supportive and friendly community.
  • Invitation to join staff clubs and wellbeing activities during term-time.
  • Staff social events throughout the year.

Closing Date: 9.00am Monday 05th August 2024


Thomas Horsley, the original settlor of the Royal Grammar School Newcastle (RGS) pledged his legacy to the School in 1525.  Almost 500 years later, RGS continues to flourish as the premier independent school in the North East of England and as one of the country's leading schools. 

In 2023, RGS was named overall ‘Independent School of the Year’ in The Telegraph Group’s national awards.  RGS also consistently tops the region’s academic league tables and was awarded the Sunday Times’ 2024 North East's Top Independent Secondary School, both the overall winner and for Academic Performance. While we pride ourselves on academic excellence, we are just as well known for our high level of pastoral support, involvement in a wide range of sports and other co-curricular activities, and our commitment to bursaries and partnerships. 

RGS is fully co-educational with over 1,300 students aged 7-18 years (Years 3 to 13) and our academically selective places are highly coveted.  We have more than 250 students in the Junior School, which shares the same outstanding site as the Senior School. Our Sixth Form is one of the largest in the independent sector with more than 340 students. 



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0191 281 5711
Royal Grammar School
Eskdale Terrace
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle Upon Tyne
ne2 4dx
United Kingdom

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