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On joining Belvidere, each of our students has their fingerprint registered. When they want to buy food in our dining hall, students simply place their finger on a scanner at the point of sale; a display shows the server the student's name, class and current cash balance held within the system.

Fingerprints are used to recognise each individual student, hold cash balances, record cash spent and details of what has been purchased..

Belvidere is a cashless school and we use ParentPay as the online platform for parents/carers to add to their child’s current meals balance. Parents can see their child’s current meal balance at any time by logging on to ParentPay where it is displayed on the home screen.

From September 2020 we are unable to accept cash in school so all payments must be through ParentPay.

Find out more about how the cashless system works

Free School Meals

Shropshire Council awards free school meals to families who receive the qualifying incomes, with children who attend a Shropshire Council school full time.

  • Universal credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income support
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of pension credit
  • Child tax credit (provided you’re not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working tax credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit

If you receive working tax credit, you do not qualify for free school meals.

For further information please contact:
Free school meals

0345 678 9000

Shropshire Council
Abbey Foregate

Apply online for Free School Meals directly with Shropshire Council here...