St Michael's
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School Catering

Cashless System – Parent Pay

St Michael’s Church of England 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 recognition. 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.

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. ParentPay website (

2.     Via PayPoint terminal (available in most newsagents and supermarkets)

NB: 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 the Finance Office at the school.

Using Cash loaders

If you are unable to use ParentPay, you can load money onto your child’s card using cash loaders.

St Michael’s Church of England High School has cash loaders 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.