Parent Payment

Parent Payment

 We are delighted to welcome you to the Bower Park Academy online payment system. This system allows you to make payments to our school for school dinners using the Internet. In the near future it will also be used to pay for school trips and revision guides.

If you have not received a link code letter or require an additional one for a second parent, please contact the school office.

To visit the Bower Park SCOPay site, click here.

All payments are processed by WorldPay using industry standard encryption.

To keep payment processing costs low, there is a minimum online top-up of £5. This balance can be split between multiple siblings.

For parents who are unable to make online payments, the finance department will be open to students at break time on Mondays and Fridays, where Cash and Cheques will be accepted. There is a minimum top-up of £20 using this method.

Free School Meals will be automatically applied at the till. Students will no longer need to collect a dinner ticket from the main office each day.

Free School Meals students will automatically receive £2.40 credit to spend each day. Unlike the previous dinner ticket system this balance can be used during morning break and lunch time.

Parents have the option of adding funds to their child’s account. This balance will be used if their child exceeds the value of the FSM, up to the daily limit.

FSM Children will no longer be easily identifiable by other students in the school canteen. Any negative experience surrounding FSM will no longer be present, so we urge all eligible parents to apply, even if their child only uses the canteen intermittently.

If your child is no longer eligible for Free School Meals, your local council will write to you and give you an end date. The FSM balance will cease to be applied on this date and you will need to top-up your account in order to continue using the school canteen.

The system incorporates the latest technology and eliminates the need for your child to carry cash. The opt-in Biostore biometric system allows for fast and secure payment for your child’s meal. For a limited time a cash till will be available during the transition period.

A daily spend limit of £5.00 has been set and is more than sufficient to purchase a hot meal. If this does not suit your child please contact the school to arrange for this to be adjusted.

Money added to your catering account is paid directly to our catering contractor:

Caterlink, The Waterfront,
300 Thames Valley Park Drive,
Reading, Berkshire RG6 1PT
Tel: 0118 935 6702 Fax: 0118 935 6701


 

Please note: These payments will show on your Credit Card/Bank Statement as Havering Catering and not Bower Park Academy.

You can check your balance at any time by visiting the Scopay website. Your child will also see their remaining balance when they make a purchase at the till.

Our current catering provider is Caterlink.

The opt-in Biostore biometric system allows for fast and secure payment for your child’s meal.

We wish to  reassure parents and carers that Biostore does not store fingerprints. Only mathematical representations of certain points of a finger image are recorded, typically between ten and sixty depending on the characteristics of the finger. The mathematical information is encrypted and is called a template. This data is extremely secure in its encrypted form, but even if it were not encrypted it would be impossible to recreate the original fingerprint image from the stored data.

For students whose parents have opted to not use biometrics, a manual alternative will be available at the till point.