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The Chalfonts Community College

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Catering

Introduction

Our Cashless Catering system allows students to pay for their College meals using their fingerprint.   This leaflets aims to take you through some of the features of the system, and point you in the right direction, should you wish to find out more.

Biometric Authentication

We use biometric authentication in order to access accounts. Biometric authentication is the automatic recognition of someone using suitable body characteristics. By measuring an individual's physical features and comparing this data with stored biometric reference data, the identity of a specific user is determined.  We use fingerprints at The College.

THE IMAGE OF THE FINGERPRINT IS THEN TURNED INTO A MATHEMATICAL ALGORITHM, AND THE IMAGE OF THE ACTUAL FINGERPRINT IS DISCARDED.

This means that everyone can rest assured that fingerprint images cannot be used by any other source for identification purposes.

Students with specific disabilities or those who wish to opt out of the biometric authentication can be provided with a card.

Fingerprint registration will take place on your child’s first day at the College.

How Money is Put onto the System

Online using ParentPay – details of this will be provided a few weeks after your child starts at the College.

Daily Spend Limit

A daily spend limit is automatically set to £8.00 a day for all students.  This can be amended by sending an email to the College - see contact details below.

Checking the Balance

Students can check their balance at the revaluation units or at the till point.  A balance is also shown on ParentPay, but this is only updated once a day, so please encourage your child to keep an eye on their balance.

Free School Meals

Students who have Free School Meals will automatically have £2.20 a day uploaded to their Cashless Catering account, which will be accessible for that day only. Any money not spent from the Free School Meal allowance will be taken off the account at the end of the day.  The £2.20 allocation for the following day will then be uploaded to the account.  In addition, we offer a daily breakfast allowance of £1.20 to be used in the Café before 9.10am. Extra money can be added to the account to spend on top of this allowance.

Further Information

Feel free to contact Rachel MacKeith about any aspect of the Cashless Catering system:

Write to:            Mrs Rachel MacKeith, Administration, The Chalfonts Community College, Narcot Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8TP

Email:                rachelmackeith@chalfonts.org

Telephone:       (01753) 881607