School checks

Selection Process

All of our chefs must undergo an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) with Child Barred checks.

We will provide evidence of this to all schools that use our chefs.

We understand that in certain settings it is vital that a DBS check is as up to date as possible. That is why it is company policy that our school chefs are added to the DBS update service, which allows us to perform a monthly check on all of our chefs, which we will then forward to our clients.

We want you to be safe in the knowledge that your agency chefs are 100% DBS compliant each and every month that they work for you.

Every agency chef who works in a school kitchen has passed our ‘Chef School Course’.

The course was designed utilising our years of experience within school settings. We have listened to feedback from school clients, as well as our school experienced chefs, and adapted our course to ensure we are doing what is important to them. 

Using experienced catering managers and experienced school chefs, we have built a course that equips all of our chefs with what we believe to be key knowledge before they step foot into any school kitchen.

Our school course covers vital topics including:

Allergens, Health and Safety, batch cooking, bulk cooking, etiquette in schools, Nutrition for Children and most importantly, Safeguarding.

Not only do all of our Chefs have a minimum of 5 years experience within a commercial kitchen, they will have all completed our in house School Course.


We have worked closely with schools over a number of years and in that time we have been able to compile a School Check form, that all of our chefs must complete to work in your school. Our School Check form outlines the various due-diligence checks that you require before our chef can work in your kitchen.

Every School Check form includes:

  • Medical Fitness Check
  • Employment History
  • Overseas Checks
  • Full DBS details including Child Bared
  • Reference Checks
  • Passport and Qualification Checks

Our system automatically forwards you this information prior to any new chef stepping foot onto your schools grounds, ensuring you are compliant and your pupils stay safe.

If you have any questions not answered here why not book a call with one of our experienced office team who will happily talk through any queries you may have.

The Chefs I receive from The Chef Tree are very confident which makes my job easier - they are very helpful with a good attitude with good communication

Denis Turner Holroyd Howe

They know about nutrition, they know about allergies I can definitely recommend The Chef Tree to any school caterer. They are excellent

Adrian Fairlie Kingswood School

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