St Michael's
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Cashless System – Parent Pay

St Michael’s C of E High School operates a “cashless” system at breakfast, break and lunchtimes. No student can hand over money to the catering staff when purchasing their food or drinks. All purchases are performed via the child’s fingerprint via Biometrics recoginition. In order to make a purchase, money must first be loaded onto the child’s account. Free School Meal (FSM) allowances are automatically assigned to a child’s account for the lunch period only. These take priority over any cash on an account at the point-of-sale.


Money is loaded onto a child’s account using one of two methods:

ParentPay website (

St Michael’s C of E High School uses the ParentPay system in order to allow you to avoid sending you child into St Michael’s with cash for their breaktime/lunchtime purchases.

This system allows you as a parent or guardian to log into the ParentPay website and securely load your child’s account with money to spend.

The system saves your child from bringing in coins and notes and having to queue to load the money onto their card using our cash loaders.

St Michael’s C of E High School also allows trip payments to be made via ParentPay, again avoiding sending your child into school with large amounts of cash or cheques and instantly providing you with confirmation of your payment.

ParentPay transactions can be funded using two methods (and you can use a combination of both if you prefer):

1.     Online using your credit or debit card.

2.     Via PayPoint terminal (available in most newsagents and supermarkets). N.B. You must contact Mrs G Thorp (Ext. 2535 or Email: to order a PayPoint card.

·       You will need one card per child.

·       Cards will be charged at £1.80 each.


For any queries or further details of the ParentPay system, please contact Mrs G Thorp (Ext. 2535 or Email: .


Physically loading money using cashloaders


St Michael’s C of E High School has cashloaders located in four points of the building to allow coins and notes to be loaded onto a student’s account. Only 10p, 20p, 50p and £1 coins are accepted. The machines also accept £5, £10 and £20 notes as well. Students are responsible for ensuring that the money put into the machine appears on their account by checking the display.


Parent Pay


Free School Meal Online Application Form

Free School Meal Apllication Form - Download here