Catering - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College


Food Quality

Here at St Wilfrid’s we have full traceability of our meat through Hoffman’s butchers, our meat supplier, who obtains all his meat from Skipton and Otley markets.  Our chicken, bacon and pork has the Freedom Food Mark and is also supplied by Hoffman’s.  Our bread is supplied by Hinnit’s of Ackworth and our fish is MSC certified.  Burgers are from 3663 and we are assured they are 100% beef.  We try to use seasonal vegetables which are supplied fresh daily. We do not use processed foods and all our menus are made from fresh ingredients daily.

Case Study

St Wilfrid’s were asked to be a case study by Unilever for World Food Programme fund raising day.  We identified the ways we could raise money involving staff, students and employees.

Firstly, we went into assemblies and explained the issues involved to the students about World Food Programme using posters and informing the students that 1 billion children go to bed hungry every night, our focus being the children in Indonesia.

The “Red Cup” was a visual tool we used to show how much the children in Indonesia have for a school lunch and that it costs 20p to fill the cup.

To raise money we did a fancy dress, had different menus everyday, ran a raffle and the students took part in a triathlon.  For every meal deal and cupcake we sold we donated 20 p to the programme.  As a school, we made a short film about why we were getting involved and comparing ourselves with a school in Indonesia.  The children in Indonesia then watched the film we made.

We did all this to create a better future for the children and to reduce under nutrition in Indonesia and to raise our students’ awareness of how lucky they are.

Babs Askham has played a pivotal role in developing catering changes here at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School.  We started at a pretty low baseline where we inherited suppliers from a Local Authority provider.  Very quickly she seized on the opportunity to use local suppliers for meat, vegetables, bread and dairy produce to make the school meals.  Her criteria was high and over the last seven years many of those initial suppliers are still on our books and they work very hard to remain there.

We have great feedback about how good our food tastes from both staff and students; they appreciate our food which is cooked from raw ingredients on a daily basis.  Babs and her team are always innovative providing exciting and delicious menu choices.  This could be seen as a challenging task given the size of our school, with nearly 1800 students and 250 staff, there is always something special going on.  Every year, we have International Week, when 120 students come from all parts of Europe, China, America visit us and our catering reflects their tastes and cultures for us all to experience.  Obviously St George, Patrick and David are celebrated along with many other celebrations of food styles and cultures.

We have re-vamped our dining facilities to give a large visually warm and exciting environment.  Babs Askham and her team have complemented the area with different food zones: pasta bar; hot potatoes; salad bar; a wrap bar; sandwiches and drinks and of course a main meal zone – all food freshly made.  These meals are complemented with a BBQ day and sandwich fillings designed by both staff and students.

Each month we add to our provision, presently we have added picnic bags (individually designed contents), 6 flavours of home-made ice-cream, salad boxes with raw vegetables and dips or fruit with yoghurt and the McWilfrid’s breakfast bun.

Another innovation into St Wilfrid’s food provision for staff and students has been the purchase of two Italian pizza ovens.  The dough is freshly made on site and as well as the popular pizza flavours being available, Babs has introduced the breakfast pizza, complete with eggs and bacon, and if you so desire, black pudding!  The kitchen have also experimented with fruit pizzas – which though not an obvious choice, people are always pleasantly surprised when they taste them! The pizzas are branded as “Babino’s Pizza”, and they are also available to pre-order to take home at the end of the day.

Hopefully you will realise that Babs Askham goes above and beyond the ‘Catering Manager’ role and is seen as a core member of the school staff.  Our food is affordable, the best available and high quality we produce superior products for all to enjoy.  Our prices haven’t risen for 3 years.

Cashless Catering

What is a Cashless System?

At the heart of the cashless system there is a computer controlled by I.M.P.A.C.T. – Software.  This allows the system to recognise each individual pupil, hold individual cash balances, record cash spent and cash received, record where money is spent, on what food, on any specific date and time of day.

How are pupils recognised by the system?

Each pupil will have their fingerprint registered which will then be translated to an Alpha Numeric number, the image is then discarded, when used this will then enter them into the system program and identify them by a number.

How is this then used to obtain a school meal?

The Pupil simply places their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display will show the server the pupil’s name, class and current cash balance held within the system. The selected food items will be entered into the system from an itemised keyboard while the amount spent and the new cash balance will show on the display.

How is money entered into the system?

(a)  Parentpay offers you the freedom to make payments whenever you like 24-7, safe in the knowledge that the technology used is the highest internet security available.  Your family has a secure online account, which can be accessed with a unique user ID and password.  You can change these to something you will easily remember.  Parentpay enables you to view all items available to each of your children along with the relevant costs and details. Please note that the minimum payment with Parentpay is £25.

(b) By ‘Cheque’ payment made to ‘ST WILFRID’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL’ via the Finance Office to cover any period.  i.e.  Term – 1/2 Term – Month or Week – or a fixed monetary amount of your own choice.  –  A Post box to receive payments will be located in the school.

To enable the Finance office to identify the pupil account in which to place any payment by ‘Cheque’ – Write the ‘Full Name and Class group’ of the pupil  on the back of the cheque).

If the payment is to be shared between two pupils, identify both with full name and class group.

(c)  By ‘Cash Note and Coin’ into an automatic cash revaluation terminal.  These are located in the school and are set to accept £20 – £10 and £5 notes and £2 – £1 – 50 p – 20 p and 10 p coins.  NB: (1 p – 2 p – 5 p coins, cannot be used)

Free School Meals

The Wakefield family services team will be able to help, support and guide parents/guardians throughout the application process. They will be able to support families in understanding the type of benefits they may be entitled to and assist them.

This is certainly an avenue to follow if families believe they may be entitled and should be reassured and confident that this is a very confidential process of application.

If parents think they may be entitled to receive free school meals, they should apply through the ‘Home school transport team’ of the family services group.

Family services
Home to school transport
County Hall

(01924) 305061

For the Catering Award 2017 please see video below.