School Meals

We are pleased to announce that Builth Wells High School will be implementing the new cashless catering system from Thursday 10th November 2016.  All students will use the cashless catering system to purchase any items from our canteen service. Our desire is to improve on the quality of the school meals’ service at our school and this system will enable us to achieve this goal.

This system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for pupils to carry cash throughout the day thus reducing the risk of bullying.   It is biometric so there is no need for pupils to carry a card as the system will recognise the thumb of your child at the tills.  Please note that no image of the thumb print is stored.  The impression generates a digital code and it is this code that links the pupil to their account.

The system will allow complete privacy for those pupils entitled to Free School Meals and the system will automatically allocate the appropriate accounts with the free school meal amounts.

As we will commence operating the system on Thursday 10th November 2016 no cash will be accepted at the till points in the Canteen after this date.

 All students and staff will be given training on how to use the system.

A maximum daily “spend limit” of £5:00 will be programmed into the system.  This can be increased or decreased for an individual student by making a written request to the school finance office.  This does not mean that students are expected to spend that amount, it is a maximum spend limit per day. 

The relevant documents are available by clicking on the links below. 

  • Letter to Parents - letter explaining the new system
  • Biometric Consent Form - The system operates using biometric authentication. Please note that as per current legislation we will be operating an “Opt In” policy and therefore require you to complete the enclosed form.  If you choose not to have your child registered on the Biometric System a 4 digit PIN code will be allocated.  Please note that PIN codes do not have the same level of security and it will be the child’s responsibility to remember the code and keep it secure at all times. Please return the form to the school with immediate effect and by no later than Monday 7th November 2016.  Biometric registration will be taking place at the school on 8th and 9th November 2016.
  •  ParentPay Activation Letter – You will need to set up an account on ParentPay before your child is able to use the Cashless System.   Please contact Mrs Bethan Powell if you haven't received one.  In addition, for further information on ParentPay, please visit their website
  •  Privacy Notice
  • Frequently asked questions