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ParentPay Case Studies
Read and download White Papers, Case Studies including input from from Primary, Secondary schools and Local Authorities to find out how ParentPay has been used to meet different needs and help achieve considerable benefits including:
- A 45% increase in FSM uptake in once school alone
- £15,000 per annum saved in time that was redirected to higher value tasks
- A 26% increase in meal uptake across a whole county
- An increase of £1.6m revenue within 12 months in one Local Authority alone
Most schools in the London Borough of Croydon have their meals provided through a contract organised by the council. In order to enhance the sustainability of the meals service and help improve children’s health, the council embarked on a ground-breaking project to remove all dinner money from its schools and record the meal choices made by its pupils. Atwood Primary School was one of the first schools to go cashless in Croydon, taking payments online for all school items.
Theale Green’s Business Manager, Maria Tillett, joined the school four and a half years ago from a background in banking. Surprised by the amount of administrative time that was taken up by collecting money, Maria was certain that a cashless system was the best way forward. Providing a complete solution to the school’s administrative headache, ParentPay stood out as a clear winner in the school’s evaluation.
Gloucestershire County Council awarded a new catering contract to Edwards and Ward for165 primary schools across the county. ParentPay was selected as the online payments partner todeliver a truly cashless meal management solution.
Most schools in the London Borough of Croydon have their meals provided through a contract organised by the council. In order to enhance the sustainability of the meals service and help improve children’s health, the council embarked on a ground-breaking project to remove all dinner money from its schools and record the meal choices made by its pupils.
The project has increased the uptake of both paid and free school meals, reduced the time spent on dinner money administration by up to 80% and increased the safety of Croydon’s school children. Croydon Council won recognition with the prestigious e-Government National Award for Local e-Government excellence: Take-up & usage growth, in January 2009.
This white paper will help schools who are considering going fully cashless with online payment collection (or extending their use of an existing cashless system). It will help staff understand the benefits that can be realised and outline some key factors that schools should consider before procuring a fully cashless online income collection solution.
An income collection revolution is under way. UK schools are now taking significant steps towards becoming ‘fully cashless’ - removing the need for parents to send cash / cheques to school to pay for school dinners, clubs, trips, fees and more.
Over 25% of UK schools are now taking significant steps towards becomming cashless by collecting payments online form parents. Find out why two London schools chose to join them and the lessons they learned on their journey to achieving a cashless vision.
In recent years, online payment systems havemade chequebooks pretty much obsolete. But despite the proliferation of clever technology to ease payment headaches, many schools are still resisting the cashless revolution. Jess Pike of Independent Executive magazine speaks to those in the know about the benefits of going cashless...
A guide for school staff or governors who want to find out more about collecting online payments from parents including: questions to ask potential system suppliers and a quick guide to how online payments work in schools.
Annette House, School Business Manager at Edinburgh Primary, East London, outlined why the school decided to go cashless by collecting online payments: “Within a short period of time we went from a small school to trebling in size. One person counting and reconciling dinner money was never going to be manageable. Management of parental debt was becoming a concern... we just did not have the time to chase up parents payments and we needed to tackle the issue quickly.”
Education Business magazine feature giving advice to schools on how to successfully go cashless
With 9 out of 10 parents already stating a preference to pay schools online from school meals, trips, clubs and other services (10,000 parents LACA survey Dec 2014) how are schools planning to respond to parent demand and are they prepared to pursue a cashless vision?
We asked school finance teams and SLT about their future plans to meet parent expectation. Over 1,150 school finance and SLT staff responded.
Education Business Magazine Feature outlining school income collection survey results including the level of appetite in schools to remove cash from by collecting online or through PayPoint. The article also includes the latest advice and best practice on how schools are achieving cashless visions.
Why, in today’s technology driven society, have all schools not gone completely cashless? CarolineWright, Director of the British Educational Suppliers Association, examines the situation.
The number of schools making the cashless leap is spiralling. Anthea Butler from Claremont Fan Court School in Surrey, speaks to Jess Pike from Independent Executive magazine about harnessing the power of cashless technology and the advantages it offers both staff and parents
Weston All Saints School (Bath) dramatically reduces parental debt by taking payments online for school meals, trips and other items
What’s The Deal With Going Cashless?
Back in 2004, the cashless revolution was justst irring in schools when Croydon Council became one of the first local authorities to adopt a fully cashless system.Since then, thousands of schools have joined the growing trend,seeing an increased uptake in school meals and vastly reduced admin burden as a result. In fact, in some schools using a cashless payment system, a saving of up to £15,000 per annum in administration time and cost has been calculated.
Why did Oldfield School want to go cashless?By introducing ParentPay to Oldfield School, parents were given more ways to pay than previously available to them, ensuring the money given to their child actually reached the school safely.Helen Flint, Financial Administrator at Oldfield explains:
‘We wanted to give parents more options to pay & reduce the risk to students carrying large sums of money with them on public transport. It also eliminates the returned cheques from the bank due to lack of funds etc’.How and why did Oldfield