Park Lane Academy

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Cashless Catering System

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Park Lane Academy operates a cashless catering system for purchasing items from the onsite restaurant and which is used in the LRC for issuing books/resources , students are identified via a biometric system provided by Nationwide Retail Systems.

Benefits of the Cashless Catering System

  • Increased uptake and anonymity for those on Free School Meals
  • No need to carry cash preventing loss/theft
  • Automatic alerts to stop pupils purchasing allergy trigger items
  • Increased speed of service reducing queuing times

What is Biometric?

Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual person using suitable body characteristics. We will be using a formula that converts a picture of the fingerprint which reads between 50 and 130 points on the finger/thumb. A series of numbers are recorded and it is important to note that these cannot be used to recreate an impression of the fingerprint.

How does a Biometric System work?

The information of a student or staff member, who has been biometrically registered, is stored on a secure Biometric Controller within the school, which only our provider, Nationwide Retail Systems Ltd, can access. Once an account is credited the student or staff member places their finger/thumb on the EPOS Terminal, which looks up their account details and allows them to purchase items using only this method of identification.

How do we add credit?

Please note a new online cashless payment system has been introduced.

Details can be found Here

How do ‘free meal’ entitlements work?

All free meal entitlements will be entered on to the system prior to the ‘Live’ day. The Cashless Catering System will, on a daily basis, automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free meal amounts. Students with Free Meal Entitlements remain anonymous at all times as all account types are accessed in the exact same manner regardless as to whether paid for or not. NB. Any monies not spent from the daily free meal allocation will not be carried over to the next day.

Can I dictate my child’s dietary requirements?

The system will allow you to register any items that your child is not allowed due to dietary needs or religious beliefs. Any such items must be confirmed in writing, to the school, by the parent/guardian.

I do not wish my child to use the biometric system.

If you do not wish your child to use the biomeric system they will be issued with a pin number to use when purchasing items from the restaurant.

The Department of Education has brought in new legislation regarding the use of biometrics in schools. Previously, it was stated that parents should be made aware of the use of biometrics within our school on an ‘opt-out’ basis. However, from 1st September 2013, the new legislation states that we must have written permission from a parent/guardian to allow your child to continue using the biometric facility on the cashless catering system currently being used in the school.

A downloadable copy of the consent form is available at the bottom of this page.