School Catering

School Menu

We now have a brand new menu, these can be viewed below or alternatively you can download the Aspens App.

Menu

Nutrition GuideMain menu Nutrition Guide 7th Oct - 28th Feb 2020 

The Aspens App

This is ideal for parents and students to check out what’s on offer for lunch with just a couple of presses on your smartphone. It’s simple enough – just search for the app at the App Store, install, add the unique PIN relating to your particular school and you will be able to view the current menu.

App Pin is 70375301

For More information about Aspens please click here

Dining Facilities

Our students can choose to eat in two canteens, The Restaurant which sells Sandwiches, Pizzas and Grab & Go food or The Eco Cafe offers hot cooked meals, sandwiches and snacks, you can see some photos of these facilities via our Flickr pages here.

Allergen Advice

Westhoughton High School is committed to a whole school approach to the health care and management of those members of the school community suffering from specific allergies. The School position is not to guarantee a completely allergen free environment, rather to minimise the risk of exposure; encourage self-responsibility; and plan for an effective response to possible emergencies.
The School is committed to proactive risk allergy management through:
• The encouragement of self-responsibility and learned avoidance strategies amongst children suffering from allergies.
• Provision of a staff awareness programme on anaphylaxis.
• The establishment and documentation of a comprehensive management plan where needed.
• The establishment of specific risk exposure minimisation practices and strategies wherever required.
• Close liaison with parents of children who suffer allergies.
This management approach is congruent with contemporary specialist medical advice, and the School believes educating children to self-manage their condition is a skill attuned to their ‘real world’ situation.
Discussion with parents should inform the best approach for the individual child. This will take the form of ensuring the allergens are uploaded via sims onto the cashless system which will then send an alert to the cashier every time the students uses the service.
If the allergy is severe then the catering manager would go through the menu and break items they can eat with the student and/or parents/carers, as all the dishes have an allergy sheet. Additionally the student must ask every time if they are unsure of a product, to protect themselves from a potential allergic reaction.
Whilst, in the majority of cases, we may be happy that we can provide safe lunches, it may well be that parents prefer the element of control they can retain in providing a packed lunch.

Where packed lunches are taken, it is important that children do not share food with one another in case the allergic child unwittingly eats something containing an allergen. The area should be clean with spillages quickly attended to, and all children should wash their hands before and after eating.

Cookery lessons will be given careful thought, particularly with regard to the selection of ingredients and cleaning procedures. Again, students must self-manage this by informing the teachers of their allergies.

Cashless Catering

Westhoughton High School operates a cashless catering system which provides lots of advantages for the school, students and parents:

- Quicker service and shorter queues at lunch and break times
- No more looking for change every morning, accounts can be quickly credited online via the ParentPay system
- Discourages dinner money being spent in shops outside school for unhealthy snacks such as chocolate and crisps
- Automatic ‘Free School Meals’ allocation with students remaining anonymous
- Parents can receive reports of the use of the system.

Contact Details

If you have any questions or suggestions about the school’s catering service please contact School via the main school reception, thank you.