Cashless Catering

 BIOMETRIC Cashless System

Beamont Collegiate Academy continues to benefit from a BIOMETRIC cashless system that will allow pupils to pay for their academy meal and other food and drinks without the need to carry cash.

This system went live in July 2011

 The system effectively:

  • Reduces queuing time so pupils have longer to enjoy their meal or play.
  • Saves you from trying to find dinner money every morning – your son daughter can pay at the start of the week or month.
  • Allows pupils to claim free school meals without having to register daily or use ‘a token’.
  • Allows you access to information regarding your childs food choices – print outs are available if requested.
  • Allows you to ‘dip in’ or ‘dip out’ of academy meals on days that you want your child to have academy meals.
  • Streamlines the academy meals system and associated cash collection.

How does it work?

Your child’s finger or thumb is placed on a scanner at the till and their account information is displayed to the operator.  Food and drink purchased is entered onto the system and the cash balance updated. The system is called a biometric system.

What is a biometric system?

It is a simple software programme that recognises each individual customer, holds individual cash balances and records expenditure and foods purchased.

Biometric measurement takes an image of a very small part of the finger or thumb. This information is converted, encrypted and stored as a unique reference number.

Please note, this data CANNOT be used for any other form of identification

What data is held?

The only data held on the system is your child’s name, number, form, photograph, cash balance, meal entitlement and meal choices.  All data will be handled under the Data Protection Act and will be destroyed when your child leaves academy.

How do I pay for my child’s academy meals?

Currently your child can pay cash into 1 of 2 machines situated in the academy reception and the academy dining area. The machines will accept all notes and coins, except 5p, 2p & 1p coins.  The machines can be credited with larger amounts of cash at the beginning of the month or the week, or if you prefer, your child can pay smaller daily amounts.

Please note that change CANNOT be given from the machines.

Will my child still be able to pay for school meals in cash?

NO. All payments for food and drinks in academy must be made using the biometric system.

Which other academy’s use this system? 

Biometrics for school meals is used widely across the country. In Warrington, many high schools, academies and primary schools have been using this technology for some time and pupils have noticed great improvements in the whole dining experience.

My child is entitled to Free School Meals – what do I need to do?

The system is updated regularly with the details of any pupils who are entitled to Free School Meals. You simply need to agree to your child using the biometric system.

Will I be able to get information on how the system is being used?

Yes.  We can provide you with a report, timed to the minute, which details items of food served and / or each credit made onto the system over any period of time.