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“The academy has a very good level of awareness about the ‘Prevent’ programme.” Ofsted 2016

Cashless Catering

Since June 2014, Upper Shirley High operates a cashless catering system supplied by Nationwide Retail Systems. Please see the attached information booklet; this system was introduced due to the following key benefits:

  • Increased speed of service reducing queuing times
  • Facility for parents to pay on-line
  • No need to carry cash preventing loss/theft
  • Students learn about important lifestyle control by monitoring their own accounts
  • On a daily basis the system automatically allocates funds to the catering accounts of those students on free school meals; students with free meal entitlements remain anonymous.
  • Reporting facilities help decrease wastage and improve the overall efficiency of the meal service

Cashless catering means that students and staff cannot use cash to purchase snacks, drinks or meals from the school canteen. No cash can be accepted at our catering terminals, and all food is paid for by account.

Every student is allocated an individual catering account, and parents can deposit funds into their child’s account through our online payments system. Alternatively, for those parents who do not have online access, students can use a single top up machine located in school foyer.

Purchases of food and drink are deducted from catering accounts in real time. The system automatically imposes a ‘Spend Limit’ of £5 for every student. This can be changed by written request to the school finance office: finance@ushschool.org

The system uses three methods of student identification: biometric finger scan, PIN number and student photo. We recommend that students use the biometric system as it is the most secure method of identification. Students can only be registered for the biometric system once we have received written consent from parents, please see the attached ‘Opt in’ form.

For more information please contact the school finance office.

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