Technology improving school days at Stamford Queen Eleanor School

From left, headteacher Wendy Hamilton, Green Eleanor Club member Fergus Barratt, 12, and facilities manager at Cummins Generator Technologies Chris Rushden with one of the photovoltaic panels
From left, headteacher Wendy Hamilton, Green Eleanor Club member Fergus Barratt, 12, and facilities manager at Cummins Generator Technologies Chris Rushden with one of the photovoltaic panels

NEW technology is helping pupils at a secondary school.

And youngsters at Stamford Queen Eleanor School are also getting the scoop on journalism in a community reporters project.

The school has installed a cashless canteen system and solar panels on its roof.

The cashless canteen uses fingertip verification for each pupil. Parents first top up their child’s allowance online. Pupils then scan their fingertip to pay for food at tills and vending machines.

Headteacher Wendy Hamilton said: “We are pleased to finally implement this system and hope that in the future parents will be able to use it for uniform purchases and school trip payments.

“With students carrying round less cash, we hope that they are less likely to lose money or feel concerned about carrying it.”

The school has also unveiled its new solar panels, which will help to increase student awareness of renewable energy sources and allow the school to benefit from the government’s feed-in tariff scheme.

The cost of the installation was shared by the school and through a grant from Cummins Generator Technologies. The system was installed by Stamford company PV Solar Installations.

Director Phil Auciello said: “The School will save on its utility bills, cut its carbon footprint and, thanks to the feed-in-tariff, the solar panels will also generate income for the school.”

A class of Year 8 pupils are taking part in a community reporters project. Marketing company Athene Communications is teaching the group how to find a good story and turn it into an article, a photo-story, short video or blog post.

Head of English Andrew Hopper said: “The training part of the scheme is almost complete. The next step will be for the young people to start producing stories on their own.”

The stories will be available on the school’s website.