Change to adding cash to student meal accounts
The Academy has three cash loaders that enable students to add money to their meals account. These do not currently accept the new £5 notes that are in circulation, nor the new £1 coins that will be issued from Tuesday 28 March. Please do not send your child to school with the new notes and coin as unfortunately we will be unable to change them.
The cash loaders will only accept £10 and £20 notes, £2, old £1, 50p, 20p and 10p coins.
Our preferred method of payment for parents is via ParentPay, which can be used to pay for trips and books as well as school meals. ParentPay is available to all parents, including those in receipt of Free School Meals and gives the option to view what your child has eaten, as well as being able to add funds.
A reminder letter will shortly be sent to those parents not currently registered for ParentPay, with activation details and password. Information can be found on ParentPay’s website on how to use it, but if you experience any difficulty then please call 01642 577 577 for support.
Catering at The King’s Academy
At The King’s Academy we are passionate about food and committed to prioritising our children’s health and well-being. We have banished lumpy gravy, abolished soggy sprouts and eradicated anything even resembling Turkey Twizzlers from our menus. We are fanatical about finding the freshest and tastiest ingredients and combining them to create delicious, healthy meals.
The meals we provide are an excellent source of nutrition, with an emphasis on homemade, high quality fresh food, sourced locally. In addition, having school lunch as opposed to a packed lunch helps young people develop confidence to make appropriate menu choices and taste a range of different foods. We operate a cashless meal system to avoid singling out students who receive free school meals.
Cashless Meal System
Every student has a meal account and their own finger scan ID (or PIN code), which is secure and private. Money must be credited to the student’s account before any purchases can be made. Where students qualify for free school meals the appropriate amount is credited automatically each day. There are several cash loaders located around the Academy, where accounts can be credited by students before school or during break times.
At lunchtime, the till operator uses a touch screen terminal, which displays a photo image of each child and records the meal they have chosen that day. Where students have special dietary requirements they can be highlighted and entered confidentially into the system. Students’ meal details are recorded each day, which allows parents the facility to monitor their child’s eating habits, should they wish.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I pay for my child’s school meal?
We would ask that you pay for your child’s school meal using ParentPay. However, you can also pay by cheque or cash – weekly, monthly, half-termly or termly – it’s your choice.
What happens if I forget to top up my child’s account?
Your child will still receive a meal and the value will be automatically deducted from the account.
How will I keep track of the amount of cash in my child’s account?
Statements can be viewed on Parentpay. If you have any queries regarding your child’s meals account, please contact the Finance Office.
What happens if my child is away from school?
No meal deduction will be made in a child’s absence.