In December 2017, it was announced that Sir Thomas Boughey Academy was installing a cashless catering system. The new system allows us to continue with the development of the school meal service, and provides us with a more efficient, faster and ultimately better quality of service.
This system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for pupils to carry cash throughout the day thus reducing the risk of bullying. It is also biometric (see FAQ link below) so there is no need for pupils to carry a card as the system will recognise the thumb of your child at the revaluation pay points and at the tills.
All students and staff are given training on how to use the system and any amount of money can be paid into a pupil’s account. Any money spent on food & drink is deducted on a daily basis.
We have two payment options available to parents – online payments, and coin and note payments at the revaluation pay-points. All payment options are explained within the FAQs (link provided below.)
A daily ‘spend limit’ of £4.00 is programmed into the system. This can be increased or decreased for an individual student by making a written request to the Trust finance office.
As per current legislation we operate an ‘Opt In’ policy and therefore require you to complete a biometric ‘opt in’ form, which can be downloaded from the link below. If you choose not to have your child registered on the biometric system a 4 digit PIN code will be allocated. Please note that PIN codes do not have the same level of security and it will be your child’s responsibility to remember the code and keep it secure at all times.