Cashless Catering

We use cashless catering technology for the purchase of food in our restaurant. This system has many advantages for pupils and their parents/carers.

  • Each pupil has an account, which can be credited online through WisePay.
  • Each pupil pays in the same way.
  • If a pupil qualifies for free school meals, their account will be automatically credited each day with the standard free school meal amount.
  • Having control of their own account helps pupils to learn important life skills.
  • The system speeds up payment and lunch-time queues, so your son/daughter will spend less time waiting.
  • All transactions are recorded by day in WisePay so you can see what your child is eating, and when.

Each pupil will need to enrol in order to facilitate this, you will then be able to credit their account online on WisePay and they can then purchase food in the restaurant by placing their finger on a fingertip scanner.

How to pay for cashless catering

To avoid cash being carried around in school accounts must be credited via WisePay.

If your son/daughter qualifies for a free school meal, their account will be automatically credited each day with the standard free school meal amount. Any unused balance does not carry forward to the next day but your son/daughter can add money to their account to use at breakfast or break by following the instructions above. If your child qualifies for a free school meal but isn’t on the school list please contact the relevant welfare department of your local council as soon as possible. Contact details for the key councils from which we have students can be found here.

If you have any concerns please contact The Finance Team on 0161 624 1484.

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The Blue Coat School is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is and the phone number 0161 785 5082.