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Cashless Catering

The school has operated a cashless catering system since 2006 and in 2012 this was updated to a biometric system. Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual person through the use of fingerprints. Fingerprints are read and between 50 and 130 points are selected from the finger/thumb.  This creates a mathematical algorithm which is then stored. There are no fingerprint images stored in any form and the algorithm can only be used by the NRS cashless system to recognise the student.

Each student has their own account and the system links to School Gateway to show the items they have bought and the balance on their account. School Gateway is also used to add money onto the students’ cashless catering account either through the School Gateway Website or by downloading and using the free School Gateway App available for both Apple and Android devices. If you would like further information please contact the Finance Office or see the information on the School Gateway page.


The catering at Wolfreton is provided by Chartwells, the sector leading school meals provider. The menus provided are freshly made, seasonal and fully nutritionally compliant. Food is served before school, at break and at lunch times from The Forum, with additional facilities available including a ‘grab and go’ outlet in the Drama Studio and the outdoor Kiosk which serves snack items. Joe’s Café is exclusively for Sixth Form use, providing a café concept in the sixth form refectory. If you would like further information regarding the catering provided, please contact the Catering Manager. Sample menus are available to view below.

Is your child eligible for free school meals?

Wolfreton encourages parents and carers to apply for free school meals as we know that this could save parents up to £456 per child per year and encourages students to eat healthy food. At Wolfreton students receive a £2.40 allowance per day which is automatically added to their cashless catering account to be spent at lunchtimes only, any unspent allowance is again automatically deducted at day end.

Some parents may be reluctant to apply because they are concerned about any stigma attached to students receiving free school meals. However, because this system is automatic, students are not personally identified as receiving a free school meal and as such anonymity is ensured.

To check on your child’s eligibility for free school meals and/or apply please go to