Thumbs up to cashless canteen

Nicky Dorling, Julie Caldwell and Jamie Caldwell of Vericool check out the fingerprints of Margaret Whitehead, 17, watched by other pupils     Photo: SG110111-08MD

Nicky Dorling, Julie Caldwell and Jamie Caldwell of Vericool check out the fingerprints of Margaret Whitehead, 17, watched by other pupils Photo: SG110111-08MD

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PUPILS are now paying for their school dinners by scanning their thumb prints in a new scheme.

The Robert Manning College is the only school in Bourne to have introduced the cashless catering at its revamped canteen.

Pupils began to pay for their dinners by placing their thumb on a scanner from yesterday using money their parents had deposited into their account.

Benefits of the scheme are reducing stigma for children having free school meals and bullying along with preventing youngsters from spending their dinner money on junk food on the way to school.

The scheme has been paid for Lincolnshire County Council, using a government capital grant, and the school.

Principal Laurence Reilly is delighted with the benefits of the scheme.

He said ‘The new system will mean that students have less need to bring money to school, will enable parents to view the menus and prices of school lunches on-line and help us to reduce the amount of queuing at lunchtime.

“Parents can be sure that the money allocated to their children for meals is spent for that reason.

“I am also pleased that students with a free school meal entitlement will no longer have to collect tokens, as their allowance will be put onto the system automatically.”

Parents are able to view menus on-line in advance and it is eventually hoped that they could pay for school trips on line as well.

The school has spent £100k on revamping its canteen, which opened by Mayor Pet Moisey in September.

The cashless canteen scheme is already running in The Deepings School and The Queen Eleanor School in Stamford.