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The school's catering provider is Chartwells. Both Byrchall and Chartwells are committed to providing our students with nutritious, balanced and tasty meal options. Not only is this important for developing healthy bodies but it also helps students to learn better in the classroom. The canteen menu can be viewed here. (Updated April 2023). 


Main Dining Room

A formal dining area which seats around 140. Students are able to purchase a variety of main meals and desserts from Chartwells Global Adventure and High Street Favourites ranges.


A seating area for around 70 students, serving Chartwells’ Speedy Italian range, wraps and pizzas.


The Pod

The newest edition to our catering facilities. An outdoor facility where students can purchase a range of hot and cold snacks. The Conservatory A quiet seating area used on occasion for the sampling of new menus.


Theme Days

We offer around twelve theme days per year. These centre around events such as Valentine’s Day, Burns Night, Bonfire Night, Chinese New Year and Halloween. Students are able to enjoy foods related to the event.


The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club serves a variety of toast, crumpets, bagels, waffles and pancakes, along with a selection of drinks, between 7.45am and 8.30am. It also provides a chance to sit and relax in a warm, dry and safe environment for those who arrive at school early.



Breaktime serves extensive hot and cold options, which include pizza slices, wraps, breakfast goods, hash browns and pasties.

Picture of a Byrchall High School teacher eating food from the Canteen

Cashless Catering

We no longer accept cash at the tills for school meals, instead cash can be deposited through two cash loaders which are situated in the A10 Corridor.


Pupils are allowed to top up their account with cash before morning registration, during break and lunchtimes and after 3.00pm.


Pupils are not allowed to top up their account during lesson times.

We also offer an online payment system (WisePay) where parents, if they have access to the Internet, can top up their child's account using a credit or debit card.


A guide to using the cashless payment system can be downloaded here and provides information for those who may be concerned about the use of biometric data.

Free School Meals 

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

  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit

If you would like further information about free school meals, please contact the school and we will be happy to discuss your personal circumstances and advise you on how to apply.

Allergens and Food Intolerances 

Some of our menu items may contain nuts, seeds and other allergens. We understand the dangers to those with severe allergies or food intolerances. If this applies to you, please ask to speak to the Duty Manager/Supervisor who may be able to help you make an alternative choice.

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