All payments in school are made through our payment system, SCOPAY. You can find a link to this payment system on this page and also within the navigation.

Key Points

• NO CASH will be accepted in the main school canteen.
 All students are registered on the new cashless system
• A Biometric consent form must be completed.

All student accounts will need crediting prior to their first purchase from the canteen. This can be done using one of two methods:

1. Online via the school website a pupil link code can be obtained by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating the name of the child. (New year 7 link codes will be email out during the summer holidays) When crediting accounts online there maybe up to a 2 hour delay in the credit reaching the school account.

2. A Revaluation unit situated in the student entrance. This can be used to top up the accounts by the pupil placing their registered finger or thumb on the Biometric Reader followed by inserting the accepted tender: £20, £10 £5 notes or £2, £1, 50p 20p 10p or 5p coins. Please note the copper coins are not accepted. Account balance can also viewed at the Revaluation unit

If an account has a zero or negative balance students will be allowed to purchase lunch for one day only by obtaining a lunch pass from the school reception. Credit must then be added to the account to clear the overdrawn balance and to allow any further purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a cashless system?

A Cashless Catering System is a solution which is purpose designed to meet the ever evolving needs and demands of the catering provision, required by today’s schools and academies. The Trust-e Cashless Solution allows schools to be better able to provide their students and staff with a faster, more efficient and more appealing meal service.

What is biometric?

Biometric is simply a method of identifying an individual person. The Trust-e Cashless System uses an algorithm based scan, which reads between 50 and 130 points on the finger/thumb. It is not a fingerprint in any way, shape or form and is of use only in the Cashless System.

How does a biometric system work?

The information of a pupil or staff member, who has been biometrically registered, is stored on a secure biometric controller within the school, which only your provider, Nationwide Retail Systems, can access with permission from the school. Once an account is credited, the pupil or staff member places their finger/thumb on the EPOS Terminal Biometric Reader, which looks up their account and allows them to purchase items using only this method of identification.

How does my child register on the biometric system?

Registration days will take place leading up to the ‘go live’ day of the Cashless System. During these days, registration terminals will be placed in the school. Your child will attend at a requested time and will be required to place their finger/thumb on the Biometric Reader twice to obtain a matching template, which only takes a few seconds. If you have chosen to opt-out of this procedure, your child will be presented with a 4 digit PIN code.

What methods of payment can be used to credit an account?

Any amount can be credited to an account by way of one of the following methods. Once an account has been credited, the monies cannot be withdrawn and must be spent on the school meal/break services.

Cash at the Revaluation Units

A Revaluation unit will be sited at the student entrance within the school. This can be used to top up accounts by the pupil/member of staff placing their registered finger or thumb on the Biometric Reader or by entering their 4 digit PIN Code followed by inserting the accepted tender: £20, £10, £5 notes or £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p or 5p coins. Please note that copper coins are not accepted.

Online Payments

To make a payment online please go to the parents section of the school website and choose “Internet Payments”. If you have not already registered an account for school trips you will also find a guide on how to do this.

How can I check the credit on an account?

This can be done by the account holder either placing their finger/thumb on the Revaluation Machine scanner, or entering a 4 digit PIN code. The current balance will then be displayed. This can also be accessed via the schools online payment facility, if applicable.

Can I change my child's daily spend limit?

Yes – the amount your child can spend throughout one day can be changed by written request to the school finance office.

What happens if my child's account is not in credit?

A ‘lend’ can be processed at the EPOS terminal, which will then allow a meal to be taken. This facility will be limited to one payment of £2.30 which allows a student to purchase lunch. This will then show as a debit balance and will be recovered when credit is applied.

How do 'free meal' entitlements work?

All free meal entitlements will be entered on to the system prior to the ‘live’ day. The Cashless Catering System will, on a daily basis, automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free school meal amounts. Pupils with FSM entitlement remain anonymous at all times as all account types are accessed in the exact same manner, regardless of whether paid for or not. Please note that any monies not spent from the daily free meal allocation will not be carried over to the next day.

Can anyone else use my child's account?

No – due to the extensive security on biometric templates, no-one will be able to access your child’s account. As a secondary precaution, a photo image is allocated to each pupil (at the schools discretion). If your child is using a 4 digit PIN code, which someone obtains and attempts to use, the photograph shown at the EPOS Terminal will alert the operator of a fraudulent sale.

My child has an allergy, Will this be monitored?

Yes – all allergy records registered with the school will be entered on to the Cashless System. When pupils attempt to purchase an item, which contains ingredients that they are allergic to, the system will alert the operator and prevent them from selling the chosen item

Can I dictate my child’s dietary requirements?

The system will allow you to register any items that your child cannot consume due to dietary needs or religious reasons. Any such items must be confirmed in writing or via email by the parent/guardian, and addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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