Buying Food At School
There are three main serving points where food can be bought at school.
Express is based in C block and is open from 8.10am till 8.30am each morning and serves a variety of breakfast items such as light snacks, cereals and hot and cold drinks. This is ideal for students who have not had time to eat before they come to school. Express is also open at break times and Lunchtimes and serves mainly ‘grab and go’ items.
Global is also based in C Block and is open every day at break times and lunch times. Global serves a variety of foods from around the world. This is ideal for students who want to taste different exciting foods.
Pit Stop is based near M block and is our outside serving hatch and is open at break times and lunch times. Pit Stop serves light snacks such a biscuits, flapjacks, cold drinks and in the summer ice creams! This is ideal for students who just want a quick bite to eat.
The main canteen area (Express and Global) seats around 200 students at any one time. We have two sit-ins (one early, one later). Picnic benches are provided outside in various locations for students to sit and eat their lunch. Students who bring a packed lunch are welcome to eat inside the canteen space or use the outside picnic areas.
Paying for food
We operate a cashless system for buying food which makes it much easier and faster to serve students at break times and lunch times. Most students register to use the fingerprint recognition machines which enables them to top up their account when they run out. Those students who do not want to have their fingerprint taken can use a card. Students are encouraged to top up their accounts before and after school (not during busy times, i.e. break and lunch). There is a ‘daily spend limit’ of £5.00 per day. This is the maximum amount any one child can spend in one day. Parents can choose to lower this amount if they wish. No cash payments are accepted at the tills for school meals. Instead cash must be loaded into payment machines located in C block. No cash loading is necessary for those students entitled to free school meals unless Free School Meal students wish to purchase extra food/drink over and above their daily entitlement. This is relevant to lunch time only. Students on Free School Meals buying food and drink at break time will still require payment and accounts will have to be topped up. Accounts must be in credit with enough money for each day. Cash loaders will accept all denominations of cash except 5p, 2p and 1p and £50 notes (the machines will not provide change). Accounts cannot go overdrawn. It is your responsibility to maintain a sufficient balance – this can be checked by students at the loading machines.
We also offer an electronic payments facility called WISEPAY in order to pay for food online. Parents can top up their child’s food account (as well as pay for trips and music fees) using a credit or debit card at home at any time and accounts are updated every 15 minutes. You will need to register and open your account first on WisePay
Free school meals
The free school meals daily allowance is £2.15 (as at 1st September 2015). This is an auto top up facility; therefore if your child is eligible for a free meal then our system will automatically top up your child’s account on a daily basis. Students also have the option to top up their accounts with more money if they wish.
Over 1,300 Wigan children who qualify for a free school meal are missing out, according to the latest figures. Free school meals are provided for children whose parents get:
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- The guaranteed part of Pension Credit;
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act;
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit, and whose income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) is £16,190 or less a year.
Our catering provider is Metrofresh, more information can be found at https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Business/MetroFresh/index.aspx
Breakfast from 8.10am till 8.30am
Express, Global and Pit Stop
Break time from 10.50am till 11.10am
Lunch time from 1.10pm till 1.45pm.