The Open Academy uses a biometric finger reading system for use with its cashless catering system. We wish to make it clear that the OnRecord solution being used by the Academy does not store fingerprint images and is widely used in other schools/academies.
Money can be loaded onto the cashless system either by cheque (to the Open Academy Finance Office) or by loading money onto one of the two money loaders that we have in the main atrium at the Academy.
Cash is not paid when purchasing food. Instead, the student uses the finger reading system at the till. A photograph of the student appears at the till allowing the till operator to match the student to the photograph. A photograph of the student appears on the till operator’s screen and they are able to debit the cost of the food/drink from the Student’s account. If the student is entitled to a Free School Meal the cost will be debited from this first with any remaining cost being deducted from the student’s account.
The Open Academy has chosen this system for the following reasons:
· To eradicate any distinction between students receiving or not receiving free school meals
· To reduce bullying of students for monetary gain
· To allow parents/carers to monitor what their child is eating, if required.
If you would like further information regarding this please contact the Finance Office.