ParentPay for School Meals

Catering Services operate an online cashless system, ParentPay, for the payment of school meals. This is independent From Marden’s ParentPay system, which is used to pay for school trips etc. The system ensures all students are able to pay for school meals safely without the risks associated with handling cash and without the need to use biometric data. Cash is no longer taken at school and in addition to ParentPay, contactless card payments can be made at the till by students.

All bank debit cards accepted along with prepayment cards: Go Henry; Rooster Money; Capital One Money Teen; Pockit; Osper

All parents should set up a ParentPay account in order to monitor meals purchased by your child, as all students will be served a meal if they come to the counter, regardless if they have credit on their account and this will be recorded as a sale on their ParentPay account. To set up a ParentPay account, you require an activation user name and password which can be sent by email or letter to you. Students also require a QR code or pin number to pay for meals at the till and this can be requested by email.

Please email [email protected] with your child’s name and school.

Students who are entitled to free school meals will always remain anonymous as all students accounts are accessed the same way.  Your child’s account is credited with £2.25 per day when they are in school.  Additional purchases or overspends on £2.25 need to be paid for by the student or parent, using your ParentPay account or by making a card payment in school at time of purchase.

For more information follow THIS LINK, email [email protected] or phone 0191 6438355.

Thank you.

Card Payments Now Available

Pay the way that suits you best

Another way to pay for school meals – card payments now available

From Tuesday 8th December students can either pay using ParentPay account or use their own debit card to make purchases at the till at morning break and lunch time. They can use their card to pay contactless or chip & pin on a Barclaycard card reader. These purchases will not appear on your ParentPay account.

Please see our tariff on NTC / schools’ websites. The lunchtime offer includes meals packaged at £2.25 along with additional individual items.

ParentPay and free school meals allowance

Is your child eligible for free school meals? If so, your child’s account is credited with £2.25
each day they are in school. Purchases over £2.25 are not covered by the free school meal
allowance. Parents should always check ParentPay on a regular basis to ensure your account is in credit and that you know how much is being spent each day.

If you require activation details, a QR code or Pin Number, please email
[email protected] giving details of your child’s name and school.

Auto top-up assists parents and carers in ensuring their child’s school meal balance is
always in credit. It does so by allowing you to set a minimum balance which, when breached
automatically credits your child’s meal balance by a fixed amount using a balance transfer

In order to use auto top-up, you are required to set up the bank transfer facility on your
Parentpay account. As soon as this is authorised and completed by your bank, you will be
able to use the auto top-up facility.

For more information visit or
email [email protected]