School Meals

Buying Food At School

There are three main serving points where food can be bought at school.

Top Dining Room – For grab and go items.

Middle Dining Room – For the pasta bar.

Main Dining Room – For traditional food.

The main canteen area 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. Money sent via WisePay to a students account will appear for them to use within 15 minutes. Any balance changes on student accounts will only appear in Wisepay at the end of the school day. You will need to register and open your account first on WisePay

Free school meals

The free school meals daily allowance is £2.30 (as of 1st September 2018). 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.

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