How to Pay

Secondary Schools

Cashless Catering is now available at all Pembrokeshire Secondary Schools.

The cashless catering system allows pupils to pay for school meals without the need to carry cash. Instead, pupils are able to pay for their meals using their finger or a cashless catering card.

There is a daily spend limit automatically set on each pupil’s account at £6 per day.  If you would like this lower or increased please contact Catering Services.

Pupils entitled to free school meals will have their accounts automatically credited daily.  Any remaining credit will not be carried over to the next day and the balance will be restored to zero before the next day’s allowance is added.  However, you can add to the free school meal allowance through via any of these payment methods.  Any value added to the card over the free school meal allowance can be spent freely and will be carried over if not used.

Cashless Catering Card
Biometric Finger Recognition
Online Payments
Telephone Payments 
Cash Payments
Customer Service Centre

Cashless Catering Card

Cards are provided by your child’s school.  If you child loses their card it will be suspended and a new card will be issued.  The school meals account number will not change and the balance from the old card will be transferred over, but there will be a small charge of £2 for the replacement card.

Biometric Finger Recognition

The biometric finger identification system uses the finger and its image to uniquely identify each student.

The system will take measurements of a child’s finger and convert the measurements into a unique code which will be stored on the system. The system will only store a short string of encrypted numbers; it will not store an image of a fingerprint.

We require the consent of at least one parent before processing a pupil’s fingerprint.

Consent form for the use of biometric information in schools.

The biometric system is not compulsory. If you do not sign the consent form, your child/children will be issued with a cashless catering card, allowing your child to pay for school meals using a card instead of their finger.

Cash Payments

Cash at the coin loaders or via the Customer Service Centres.

Coin loaders will be sited at different locations within the school.  Payments made via the coin loaders will credit your child’s account immediately.


ID: 2076, revised 18/10/2017