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Here you'll find everything you need to know about the daily life at St John Fisher Catholic High School. From school day schedules and uniform requirements to school meals and transport arrangements, we've got you covered. Our aim is to provide you with all the essential information to ensure your child has a successful and enjoyable school experience.

Timings of the school day

Warning Bell
Year briefing
Period 1
Period 2
Period 3
Period 5

To ensure a smooth start to the school day, you must be in form by 8:35am to receive your morning mark. Punctuality is crucial, as arriving on time is a basic expectation and helps avoid late marks.

Regular attendance is vital if you are to progress and succeed at school. Consistent attendance enables you to fully engage in learning and reach your full potential.

School Opening Hours

I​n a typical week, our school is open 32 hours and 30 minutes.

School Uniform

School Uniform

At St John Fisher, we take pride in the appearance and conduct of our pupils. The school’s reputation in this area is important not only during school life but also as pupils transition into employment. Our mission includes fostering pride in personal appearance.

To maintain our standards, the Headteacher reserves the right to prohibit unsuitable fashions and styles in dress and personal appearance. If you have any doubts or questions about what is appropriate, please contact the school for clarification.

What does good uniform look like?

School Meals

School Meals

Our meals are provided by Metrofresh, an in-house service of the Council, which provides meals to many primary and secondary schools in Wigan. Metrofresh has consulted with student councils and a borough-wide focus group to ascertain what students expect from a modern school meals service. Menus meet all Government food-based standards and are fully-compliant with the nutritional based standards brought in from September 2009. There is also an area for children with packed lunches. St John Fisher operates a cashless system for managing various school-related payments through the Wisepay app. This system covers payments for trips, events, stationery, uniforms, and school meals. Wisepay is a secure online school payments service, allowing parents and guardians to make cashless payments to their school or college. The biometric catering system employed by St John Fisher is the most secure method to ensure that students spend money on food and drink purchased in the canteen. By using the Wisepay app, parents and guardians can oversee and control the allocation of funds specifically for school meals, reducing the risk of money being lost or spent elsewhere. Accounts can be topped up for a number of meals in advance or on a daily basis. When pupils have chosen their food, their finger is scanned and their account debited.

City Bus



For any comments of the routes/times or vehicles provided, or for any other queries or comments on services in Wigan then please contact TfGM on 0161 244 1000 or use the contact form at

Severe Weather

Every effort will be taken to ensure that the school remains open and it will close only if the Headteacher considers there is a risk to the health and safety of pupils and staff. This decision to close will not be taken lightly as we are mindful of the disruption which a closure causes both to the pupils’ education and to parents.

Closure before the start of the school day

Closure of the school will be advised to parents by text as early in the morning as is practicable. Notice of closure will also be posted on the following websites:

St John Fisher
Wigan Council
Wish FM

If you are not made aware of a closure by the above means then the school will be open as normal. Please do not ring the school to check on the situation as this will block our phone lines which may be required for emergency use.

Closure during the school day

Parents will be informed as above.

Please ensure that you make contingency arrangements with your child should the school close. For example, to whose home they should go to if you are at work. No child should leave school if they have nowhere to go. In such circumstances, they must remain on site where they will be supervised until the end of the school day at 3pm.

It is important that parents advise school of their current mobile numbers to ensure that the school’s text messages are received.

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