From October 2015 we are introducing two new systems aimed at reducing the amount of cash and cheques being sent into school.
ParentPay – this online portal will allow parents and carers to pay for school trips, uniform, PE kit, music tuition and school meals by debit or credit card. This will provide reassurance that the money has been sent directly to the school, without having to wait for cheques to clear or sending large amounts of cash in with pupils. Activation letters will be sent out shortly – please look out for them! If you would like further information please take a look at their website – www.parentpay.com
Cashless Catering – in conjunction with the above system, we are introducing a cashless till system into the school canteen from 9th November 2015. Pupils will have an account that is accessed by their thumbprint. Parents and carers can top-up their child’s account online using ParentPay, or alternatively a ‘Revaluation’ machine will be installed where pupils can top their account up in school with cash. An added benefit from this system will enable you to see exactly what your child has purchased through the ParentPay portal.
To roll this out to pupils we will require your consent. Forms have been issued on 29/9/15, please return these to school by 5th October 2015. Forms can be accessed here – Biometric Consent Form
If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, their account will be credited with £2.65 per day automatically. If the full amount is not used in a day then the remainder is removed and a new amount credited the following day. Parents can still top-up their account with cash – the system will always use the Free School Meal credit first.
Please find an information leaflet here – Cashless Catering System