Cashless Payments Launched

Crickhowell High School are proud to be the first school in Powys to launch a new cashless payment system for school dinners and other transactions.

Officially launched by Powys County Council at the School on Friday 8 April, it is anticipated it will be rolled out to all schools in the county over the next two years.

Cashless Catering Launch Photo

Under the new system, payments for a range of school-based transactions can be pre-loaded and ‘topped-up’ on an online account. While those without internet access will be able to use local Pay-Point outlets such as newsagents, garages convenience stores and other local retail outlets.

Cllr Phil Pritchard, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, said: “We are delighted to be launching this new service which is a positive step forward. There are many benefits of a cashless system, including reducing the risks and costs of cash handling and transactions as well making the payment process consistent and easier for all involved.

Feedback has been very positive from parents, pupils and schools staff. Through the new system, parents/carers will also have the ability if required to see what their children are eating in school. The system will also inform catering staff of specific dietary requirements in relation to allergies.

Cllr Pritchard added: “We would like to thank all those who have contributed to the work to date and look forward to progressing the project.”

Photo caption: Year 10 pupil Noora Akeel uses the system at the launch with (from left) Terri Williams from catering team, Cllr Phil Pritchard, Jeremy Patterson Chief Executive, Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader and Headteacher Jackie Parker.

For more information please see our Cashless Catering section of the site.