Lunch and Playtime

Parents have the choice as to whether their children purchase a school lunch or bring a packed lunch to be eaten in the Academy hall. School meals are very popular and are provided by an excellent provider Mellors, and all meals comply with Healthy school regulations.

For more details of Mellors and to download copies of the current menus click here

All School dinners are paid for in advance on a Monday. It is requested that the children bring the money into the Academy in an envelope marked with their name, class and the amount enclosed. These are collected and sent to the office. Application forms for free school dinners are available from Standish Library.

Where parents choose to send a packed lunch we encourage healthy eating and there are restrictions as to what may be brought into the Academy. Advice sheets from the Healthy School coordinator are available. Pupils wishing to change from sandwiches to dinners and vice versa must give two weeks written notice.

Children sit in groups at lunchtime depending on whether they are having school meals or packed lunches – this helps to keep an ordered system in the dining hall. Supervision is undertaken by support staff, always under the supervision of a senior member of staff.

Playtime awards are given to encourage healthy eating and good behaviour.

“Outstanding care includes robust procedures and guidance and support and these contribute greatly to the pupils’ academic and personal success.”          

Ofsted, September 2007


We have a school garden that is used by children during playtimes weather permitting.  Children in Reception are encouraged to drink milk as part of the school’s Healthy Eating Policy (small charge). All children in Nursery and Infants are given free fruit each day as part of the National Fruit Scheme. We promote the drinking of water and all children are encouraged to bring their own bottle of fresh water each day. Drinking water is also available throughout the school. This can be used for drinks at playtime and during the school day.

We encourage children to play games at playtimes and have introduced playtime equipment in both KS1 and KS2. Year 6 pupils act as playtime buddies to coordinate playtime activities. The quality of this was recognised in a recent behaviour achievement award.


“Exceptionally positive relationships ensure that all pupils feel safe and know who to turn to if help is needed.”                                                                                                              

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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