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Children and Schools - Transition to the new normal

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools

Cashless Catering in Secondary Schools

Our Catering Service have considered the safest and most appropriate way of providing meals to pupils using Cashless Catering. For those secondary schools offering a school meal provision when the schools reopen the following measures will apply:

  • The Biometric (fingerprint) payment option will be withdrawn until further notice 
  • Pupils who currently use the Biometric option and therefore do not have Cashless cards will be provided with a new card at the school.
  • Any pupils who have lost/damaged their Cashless cards can request a new one from the school canteen
  • Any staff wishing to purchase food will also need to request a Cashless card
  • No cash will be accepted in schools
  • Coin-loader machines in schools will only be used to check balances by scanning the Cashless cards.
  • Meal accounts can be topped up online through My Account or by phoning the Council Contact Centre on 01437 764551

To request a meal account number, or for any further information, please email

ID: 6592, revised 19/06/2020