Education caterer Alliance in Partnership (AiP) has picked up a contract renewal with Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College in Worcester, worth £500,000.
The specialist ICT school for 11 to 16-year-olds educates around 1,050 pupils and has worked with AiP for more than 10 years.
AiP's new five-year deal will see the introduction of a biometric cashless payment system, incorporating online software ParentPay that will allow parents to pay, review and manage their money and options for their child's meals, at home.
David Weller, managing director for AiP, explained: "The biometric finger print recognition software identifies individual pupils and any special dietary requirements with the ability to eliminate food allergy ingredients immediately."
AiP has installed over 25 cashless systems in schools to date which provide invaluable data for cost strategies, food waste and profit opportunities.
Pupils benefit from improved queuing times and tailored meal choice with the aspect of peer bullying through cash and free meal eligibility significantly reduced. School administration and resources are also streamlined through the system.
Principal Sean Devlin is looking forward to the more efficient and quicker turnaround that will come about as a result of the new system: "It will enable students to be even more involved in lunchtime activities."
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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