Bournemouth School has a policy of providing nutritious, well-balanced meals for its students at reasonable prices.

In the Dining Hall, a three week menu cycle is used and a main meal, sweet and drink (with vegetarian alternative) is available every day.  All food areas are run on a cafeteria system.  The kitchens are well run by a fully qualified Catering Manager and the meals are cooked using only fresh ingredients.  Alongside the main lunch counter in the Dining Hall, a ‘Grab and Go’ area is available where the boys have a choice of items such as chicken sandwiches, hot filled baguettes, wraps and baked potatoes.

For students who arrive early, we also provide a breakfast service where cereals, bacon/egg sandwiches, toast, etc. can be purchased.  A mid-morning snack service is also available where baguettes, sandwiches, tea cakes, crumpets and pizza slices are available. 

In the popular Deli Bar, the boys can relax away from the main Dining Hall.  Here a good selection of freshly filled baguettes and sandwiches, pasta salads, fruit salads and fruit are available.  As with the dining room the boys can purchase a baguette and piece of cake as part of the meal deal.  A selection of snacks, fruit juices, canned drinks and bottled water can be purchased from a vending machine. 

We use a ‘cashless’ catering system where parents purchase credit via Wisepay (see below).  The credit is attached to the student’s ID card and, when presented to the cashier, the value of the meal is deducted from the account.  There is a minimum payment of £10 and we regularly email parents when students’ accounts are running low.

We ask parents to ensure that students have a sufficient balance on their cards to enable them to make their intended purchases as we do not offer credit.  Parents are able to view purchases on ‘Wisepay’, and request that their son/daughter is prevented from making specific purchases (e.g. from the vending machine).  Lost cards should be reported promptly so that a ‘stop’ can be placed on an account; cards will be replaced at a charge.


WisePay is a quick, easy and secure online payment service that allows parents to make payments to school using debit or credit cards.  Payments can be made for school meals, trips, book purchases, clubs, sports or music lessons from anywhere that has an internet connection.  You can see your payment history and any instalments due in your ‘Wise Account’.  All the money paid via WisePay is transferred directly to the school bank account.  The School and WisePay have no access to your card details, and you will receive a receipt for any payments.

WisePay allows us to run a ‘first come first served’ system for oversubscribed trips.  Letters advising of trip availability are emailed to parents and also posted on the school website.

Details of how to login to WisePay will be given to parents after their son or daughter joins the school.