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Free School Meals

The system works exactly the same for all pupils whether they pay or have a free school meal. 

Pupils entitled to Free School Meals will automatically be allocated £2.80 each day on their Cashless System account. The money allocated will be accessible at break time and lunchtime.

However, any underspend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will not be added to the next day’s balance. The free school allowance meal must be taken on the day it is issued.

Pupils can add extra cash to their balance by using the top-up terminals located in the Main Hall and Bytezone to enable a greater daily spend on the school dinner than allocated by their free school meal allowance.

There is no queueing to be issued with a ‘free meal’ ticket or ‘free meal register’ at the till point.

To find out if you are eligible for free school meal allowance, please phone 01443 425 002 or follow this link:


Cashless Catering

Pupils at Pontypridd High School use our voluntary Biometric Recognition System as a means of paying for their food and drink at all times of the day.

The IMPACT Software we use allows the system to recognise each individual pupil by their fingerprint. Each pupil has an individual cash balance which records cash spent and cash received, where money is spent and on what food at any specific date and time of day. Pupils simply place their finger on a scanner at a point of sale; a display will show the server the pupil’s name, class and the current balance held within the system. The selected food items are entered into the system from an itemised keyboard while the amount spent and the new cash balance shows on the display.

There are two ways in which money can be entered into the system:

  1. Online - (Preferred Option)
  2. By Cash: Terminal is located in the Main Hall.

There is a daily spend limit of £5.00 per day set to each pupil's account, that can be adjusted to a Higher/Lower spend limit with the written consent of a parent/Carer.