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Cashless Catering

We also operate a cashless catering system, which provides a more efficient, faster and ultimately better quality of service.  This system incorporates the latest technology.  It is also biometric (see Information sheet below), so there is no need for students to carry a card as the system will recognise the thumb of your child at the revaluation pay points and at the tills.

We register students on the transfer days in July, and as such no cash will be accepted at the Till Points once they return in September. All students will be given training on how to use the system.

Any amount of money can be paid into a student’s account and any money spent on food & drink will be deducted daily.

The benefits that the biometric system brings to the school and your child are:

  • Specific food allergy requirements can be automatically identified in the system.
  • Healthy eating is encouraged.
  • Discourages the misuse of school dinner money through spending in shops outside the school grounds.
  • Alleviates many of the associated problems with the use of cash in schools, i.e. loss, theft and bullying.
  • Queuing times are reduced through increased speed of service.
  • Automatic free meal allocation with the student remaining anonymous.
  • Students control their own accounts, teaching them important life skills.
  • A more efficient delivery of service helps the canteen to provide wholesome, healthy and enjoyable school meals at a lower cost.
  • The ability to confirm money paid into the accounts and various other reports on all aspects of the system.

What is Biometric?

Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual.  We will be using an algorithm-based scan, which reads between 50 &130 points on the finger/thumb.  It is not a fingerprint in any way, shape or form and is only used in the cashless system.  For further information please click the links below:

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Arrow Vale High School
Matchborough Way
B98 0GF

01527 526800