Bolton School Meals offer a diverse choice of food, drinks and meal options for the secondary school and sixth form students at Rivington and Blackrod High School. Throughout the day it is our aim to provide our customers with tasty, nutritious food and drinks. We have a number of catering options available where students can purchase food including; a sixth form snack bar, a sandwich bar and a full catering facility and dining area and food is served at breakfast time, break time and lunchtime. For further information, please see www.bolton.gov.uk/schoolmeals. For details of the forthcoming menus and prices please click for main school, and for sixth form.
We operate a cashless system at Rivington and Blackrod High School, where young people can obtain their food using a biometric recognition. Benefits of this system include:
- It offers a convenient and secure way of paying for school meals.
- Encourages students to buy healthy school food options
- Reduces the risk of students losing money in school
- Specific food allergy ingredients can be barred automatically.
- Reduces queuing times through an increased speed of service
- Free meal allocations are automatic
- Detailed reports are available to analyse all aspects of usage
- Encourages students to manage their balances - teaching important life skills
- A more efficient delivery of service helps the caterer to provide wholesome, healthy and enjoyable school meals at a low cost.
What is a cashless catering system?At the heart of the cashless system there is a computer controlled by I.M.P.A.C.T. - Software. This allows the system to recognise each individual pupil, hold individual cash balances, record cash spent and cash received, record where money is spent, on what food, on any specific date and time of day.
How are pupils recognised by the cashless catering system?
Each pupil will have their fingerprint measurements registered which will then be translated to an Alpha Numeric number. The image is then discarded, but when used this will enter them into the system program and identify them by a number.
How is this used to obtain a school meal?
Each student places their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display will show the server the pupil’s name, class and current cash balance held within the system. The selected food items will be entered into the system from an itemized keyboard while the amount spent and the new cash balance will show on the display.
How is money entered into the system?
Money can be entered onto the system through:
- Parent Pay which will mean that parents can pay directly into the students catering account
- By ‘Cash Coin and Note ’ into an automatic cash revaluation terminal located in the school which is set to accept £20 £10 £5 notes £2 - £1 - 50p - 20p - 10p coins. (1p – 2p – 5p coins, cannot be used)
- By 'cheque' - payment made to 'Rivington & Blackrod High School' via the Finance Office to cover any period i.e. Term, Month or Week or a fixed monetary amount of your own choice
NB. To enable the finance office identify the student account in which to place any payment by ‘Cheque’ - write the ‘Full Name and Form’ of the pupil on the back of the cheque. If the payment is to be shared between two students, identify both with full name, form and amounts.
How does the Revaluation station work?
Firstly the pupil places their finger on the scanner mounted on the Revaluation station to enter the I.M.P.A.C.T system which will display the pupils name and current cash balance held within the system. The second stage coins are inserted into the slot. Each incremental cash balance will show on the display. Press the red button to tell the system that the transaction is completed.
How will each student be able to check what their current cash balance is?
- By using the revaluation station. Students should place their finger on the scanner to display the current cash balance.
- When food is served, the new cash balance will be shown on the remote display
If we pay for a set number of meals, will it be used in one day? No, a daily spend limit of £10.00 will be set for all pupils and no food above that limit can be bought. On request, an individual student limit of your choice could also be set, to include a school dinner and break time snacks.
What about students entitled to a 'free school meal'?The system works exactly the same for all students whether they pay or have a free school meal. The amount allocated for the free school meal will be entered into the system by the software daily. The system will then allow on a daily basis the required cash amount for each individual student to be allocated to their current cash balance. However, any underspend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will not be added to the next day’s balance. The student can also add extra cash on to his or her balance in the system by using the revaluation station, to enable a greater daily spend on the school dinner than allocated by their free meal allowance. There will be no queuing to be issued with a ‘free meal’ ticket.
What is meant by dietary control?
Should a student have a specific food allergy, or be a diagnosed diabetic, this medical information can be coded into the system, preventing foods with allergy ingredients from being served to a particular student, by automatically locking out relevant buttons on the keyboard.
Will students have problems in using this system?
Some pupils may find it difficult to control their accounts for the first couple of weeks, but because of a daily spend limit, most learn this important life skill very quickly and will enjoy being in control of their account.
Will we be able to find out how the system is being used?
If you have any concerns and would like to know how your son/daughter is spending their dinner money then reports can be obtained giving comprehensive information on all aspects of use as well as each day’s service. These reports can be for a specific day or between any dates you wish, they will be dated and timed, and can be obtained from the Catering team.
Certain data will be held on the system to enable accurate operation. This will include your child’s name, form, photo, account balance and meal entitlement. This data will be handled under the guidelines of the data protection act and only used by parties directly involved with the implementation of the system.