The cashless catering system can be used for the purchase of all food and drink that is available from the canteen.
Each student is set up with a cashless catering account and funds can be added to the account by parents via School Gateway, the school’s online payment system. Payments to School Gateway can be made using either debit card, credit card or can be set up to be charged straight to your bank. All parents can easily sign up for the School Gateway by downloading the School Gateway app on their smartphone and then entering just their mobile phone number and email address. It can also be done on a computer - but downloading the App helps the School to save costs as its messaging is free!
Our expectation is that the vast majority of parents will pay online, however if parents are unable to pay in this way there will be a ‘cash loader’ on site that can also be used by students to credit their account. You can pay in as much as you like to cover the cost of meals for a week or a month. Daily spending limits will be set at £5.00 per day for all students, this can be changed on the attached biometric permission slip or by emailing: email@example.com.
The cashless catering system incorporates the latest technology to scan your child’s thumb meaning there is no need for any student to carry cash or a card. We do not store your child’s thumbprint; the technology just stores a string of numbers that enables the system to recognise each student. The school does not keep an image of the thumbprint and the way the data is stored means it cannot be transferred to any other organisation. This information will be destroyed automatically when your child leaves the school.
Should you wish to opt out of the biometric system, we can arrange a swipe card alternative. However, this may not have the same level of security as biometric (thumbprint) identification. If you opt for a card, it will be your child’s responsibility to remember to bring it and keep it secure. The school cannot be responsible for money spent where the card has been lost.
We require written consent from at least one parent/guardian before being able to use your child’s biometric information (thumbprint) in the system. Please complete the Biometric Permission slip and return to the school.
Any queries, please contact the office on 01684 564751 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Convenience – no need to look for change every morning
- Confidence that dinner money is spent on food in school – not in the shops on the way to or from school
- Healthy eating can be encouraged – parents can access details of what their child has purchased
- Children on free school meals remain anonymous – their accounts are automatically topped up each day
- Problems related to carrying cash are reduced – no loss or theft