Our Catering Facilities
Babs Askham is the school’s ‘Catering Manager’ she goes above and beyond her duties and is a core member of staff here at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School. Our food is high quality, affordable and freshly made. We produce superior products for all our staff and students to enjoy. Staff and students can also enjoy freshly made pizzas cooked on site in our Italian pizza ovens. The dough is freshly made with various toppings available.
The Catering Team
Food outlets available to staff and students
Main Dining Hall: (situated in the main bruynseels hall) main meal; sandwich bar; pasta and jacket bar; salad bar; hot and cold drinks. We also hold a weekly BBQ day (some of our sandwiches and fillings are invented and promoted by both staff and students!). Extra seating has been provided in a new indoor glass featured eatery.
The Bite Shed: (situated on the flagged outside area with seating and raised flower beds) quick bite hot and cold food and drinks. The ‘Bite Shed’ has a sheltered queuing feature.
Deli Bar: (situated in the main building next to the chaplaincy) breakfast menu and cold drinks. This extra food outlet reduces queuing in the main hall. This outlet is only open at break times.
The Hut: (situated outside away from the main hall with seating and shelter) breakfast menu and cold drinks in summer months only.
‘Feed-em’: We also have a sixth form food provision ‘Feed-em’ which is adjacent to the common room. We offer a breakfast service from 8am which includes a selection of sandwiches to a full breakfast. At lunch times students can choose from; a main hot meal; a selection of freshly made quick bite products and a salad bar.
Please see below our three weekly menu cycle for this term which adheres to the food school standards. You can visit: www.schoolfoodplan.com for more information.
Lunch Time Gallery
Food Quality and Standards
Here at St Wilfrid’s we have full traceability of all our meat through our supplier, ‘Hoffman’s butchers’ who obtains all his meat fresh from Skipton and Otley markets. Our chicken 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. We try to use fresh seasonal vegetables which are supplied daily. We do not use processed foods and all our menus are made from fresh ingredients on a daily basis.
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 new menu choices. This could be seen as a challenging task given the size of our school, with almost 1550 students and 207 staff members, there is always something special going on. St George, St Patrick and St David days are celebrated along with many other celebrations of food styles and cultures.
Cashless Catering FAQ
What is a Cashless System or ParentPay?
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 £10.
How are students recognised by the system?
Each student 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 student simply places their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display will show the server the student’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.
Free School Meals (also see pupil premium on the information tab)
We want to make sure that we are providing your child with the best education and support we can. Healthy school food has obvious health benefits and can help pupils establish healthy habits for life. Healthy school food can also help to improve pupils’ readiness to learn. Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals. Provided your child is attending a state funded school or academy full-time in the Wakefield District, they will qualify for income-related free school meals if you receive:
• Income Support
• Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income related Employment Support Allowance
• Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and you do not get Working Tax Credit
• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
• Universal Credit
Please be aware that the following benefits do not qualify for Income Related Free School Meals: Contributions based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Contributions based Employment & Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Invalidity Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit and Child Benefit.
Post-16 students can receive free school meals if they attend a sixth form school or academy within the Wakefield District. This does not however apply to students who attend local Colleges. You should contact the Colleges directly for assistance. If you are over 18 and still attend school, you can claim for free school meals if you receive Income Support, Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Income related Employment Support Allowance.
How to claim
Completed forms should be returned to Wakefield Council, Children and Young People, Learner Support Service, Free School Meals, Room 42, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QL or email email@example.com
You do not need to send evidence of your qualifying benefit(s) with your application form. If Wakefield need evidence at a later date, they will contact you.
Wakefield aim to process applications within 5-10 working days.
Once Wakefield have determined the outcome of the application, they will advise school (normally by phone) and you will be issued with a letter. We will ensure this information is treated in the strictest confidence and handled sensitively.
Catering Case Study – ‘Back to School’
Pidy Delivers the Pastry Solution at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School
St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School and Sixth Form College is a highly successful and vibrant educational setting in the town of Featherstone in the civil parish of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Home to 1,520 students ranging from 11-19 years old, the school provides a thriving community of staff and students who support each other through educational development.
In order to sustain an exceptional level of learning and achievement for students, staff and visitors alike, St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School offers a quality food and beverage offering, built around seasonal, locally sourced ingredients (where possible), and traceability through the supply chain. Catering manager, Babs Askham starts by saying:
“Everyone knows the importance of a good, nutritious school meals when it comes to effective learning and education, so we have set ourselves a very high benchmark with the catering at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School. As much as possible, we use local producers to source our meat, vegetables, and fruit as this not only supports other businesses across the region but also allows us to trace ingredients, ensuring we’re only using the highest welfare meat and offer truly fresh, seasonal menus to our pupils.
“We always try to cook and bake as much as we can. We hand cut chips from potatoes, we make our own dough for our pizza menu and have a team dedicated to making fresh desserts throughout the week for those who want it. This gives us real flexibility for our menu, but on the flip side, also puts a significant demand on the team, particularly with the time pressure of cooking this way.”
With a total of nine different catering outlets across the site, including a dedicated salad bar, sandwich station and hot food counter, Babs and her team of 19 in the catering department offer a wide variety of choice for breakfast, break, and lunch.
One ingredient that is found throughout the menu at St Wilfrid’s High School is pastry. The casing on summer quiches, rich meat pies and autumnal fruit crumbles, the catering team would regularly arrive early to made make pastry for the day. That was until Babs met ready-to-fill pastry supplier, Pidy, at a Chef’s Forum event:
“With our ethos for homemade dishes across the menu, we would often be in the kitchen from 05.30am to make large quantities of pastry ready for that day. With such a key part of many dishes, we felt that this additional time and effort was the only solution to getting the quality and consistency we were looking for. That was until we were introduced to Pidy. The company’s range of ready-to-fill cases came in a wide choice of sizes and styles, and what’s more, they looked and tasted great too. The rustic, handmade finish complemented our menu and allowed us to really concentrate on the nutritional value and flavour of the filling.”
With so many hungry students, staff and visitors to feed each day, simply swapping to Pidy pastry across the menu has considerably reduced the pressure on the catering team at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, Babs explains.
“It takes a massive amount of time to produce the quantity of food needed on a daily basis at the school. Therefore, using a ready-to-fill product such as the pastry from Pidy delivers efficiencies across the department, but still means that we can offer homemade dishes rather than relying on processed alternatives. We now use a range of both sweet and neutral pastry from Pidy, filling the tarts with different meats, vegetables, seasonal fruits, and homemade custards. What’s more, Pidy pastry range is an ambient product meaning it’s simple to store, has a long shelf life, and is very easy to use.”
Having been initially introduced to the Pidy range at a Chef’s Forum event held at the school, Babs has continually been impressed by the ease of use and the service she has received from Pidy, concluding:
“Aside from the fantastic look and taste and the ease of use, I’m impressed by the sheer variety of products offered by Pidy. We often use the 8cm cases to achieve portion control, but I know I can order smaller and larger cases should they be required for a special event or menu. Pidy also does a range of Gluten Free pastry which is a great inclusion on our special dietary requirements offering.
The products are so easy to source too, with a number of our existing suppliers stocking Pidy pastry as part of their range. Since introducing Pidy pastry across our menu, I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from my team, the staff, and the students alike. I would certainly recommend the Pidy range to other catering managers looking for a convenient yet high-quality pastry solution for their school.”
For further information on the range of ready-to-fill pastry products manufactured by Pidy please visit www.pidyuk.com or call 01604 705666.
published on behalf of Pidy UK by:
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