The Thomas Hardye School
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Cashless Catering at Thomas Hardye

Introduction of Cashless Catering at Thomas Hardye School

We are pleased to be able to inform you that as of November 2014 we have introduced a 'cashless catering' system to the school canteen. This means that students no longer need to bring money into the canteen to buy food at breaktimes and lunchtimes.

Students are provided with their own electronic accounts which they are able to use to pay for items from the main canteen (Years 9, 10 and 11) or the Sixth Form canteen (Years 12 and 13). Parents can 'top up' their child's account by adding credit via our online Parent Pay facility. Alternatively, students can feed cash/coins into revaluation machines provided in school.

We strongly recommend that parents use Parent Pay to add credit to their children's accounts. Parent Pay is quick and easy to use, removes the need for students to bring cash into school and allows parents to view (and restrict) what their child purchases in the school canteen each day. Further details of Parent Pay are provided below.

Biometric Identification

Our cashless catering system relies on fingerprint recognition. This means that when your child reaches the canteen check out all they need to do is place their finger on a scanning pad. This recognises who they are and allows the value of the products they have purchased to be deducted from their account.

If you wish your child to register for biometric identification in the canteen (finger scanning), you will need to provide consent by completing the consent form and forwarding it to the school office.


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You can use our secure online Parent Pay system to pay for trips, Art & Design materials, locker keys and school lunches

Parent Pay is quick, easy and convenient and removes the need for your child to bring cash into school

For school meals, A 'school meals' payment item will be added to your Parent Pay account, enabling you to login at any time to add credit to your child's account. Simply click on 'add to basket' and then insert an amount between £1 and £100.

To prohibit overspending, the system will be set to limit spending per day to a maximum of £5 per child, however, if you feel it is necessary, you can stipulate a different daily limit for your child, higher or lower, by e-mailing

On Parent Pay you will also have the options to view and/or restrict your child's food choices.

To set up a Parent Pay account, or for a reminder of your login details, simply email Hayley Holmes at Thomas Hardye School:

If you have forgotten or mislaid your login details, please e-mail for the login details to be sent to you.

Parent Pay Alerts

You can receive e-mail or text alerts when your child’s school meals account balance is getting low, prompting you to top it up.
To set this up, first make sure you have registered and verified a main mobile number and email address*

To set up alerts follow these steps:
  1. Log into your ParentPay account
  2. Click the ‘Communications’ tab
  3. Click ‘Change alert settings’ - from here you can choose to receive email or SMS alerts
  4. You will need to enter the threshold for balance alerts. For example, if you enter £2.00 as the threshold for Low Balance Reminders you receive an email / SMS alert when your child’s balance drops below £2.00
E-mails are free; texts are 6p each.

*Please remember to verify your email and / or mobile number to receive alerts.

For lots more help on making the best use of Parent Pay, please visit the Parent Pay Website