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We have now implemented an online payment system which allows parents to pay for school dinners, music lessons, trips, swimming transportation etc securely 24 hours a day online. This prevents the need for children being responsible for bringing cash into school and reduces the amount of cash stored on school premises.

 

The system we are using is SIMs AGORA and can be accessed below.

 

www.payyourschool.co.uk

 

WHAT IS SIMS AGORA?


It is an online payment system which will allow parents/carers to make payments to the school online, securely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

WHY HAVE WE CHOSEN TO IMPLEMENT IT?


We have responded to feedback from our parents who have requested the facility to be able to pay for various school expenses online.

 

WHAT WILL WE USE IT FOR?


It will be used to pay for school meals, school trips, school events, swimming transportation, music lessons and tickets for school productions etc.  Initially we are only accepting online payments for school meals but we will be extending it to other expenses towards the end of the Spring Term 2017/beginning of the Summer Term 2017 - please watch this space for further updates.

 

WHY DO WE NEED IT?


It will reduce the amount of cash we hold in school and reduce the need for children to be responsible for bringing cash into school. It will prevent money going missing and getting lost and also means parents have constant access to their account to see what they have paid and what they owe.

 

DO ALL PARENTS NEED TO SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT?


Yes this is vitally important. Even if you believe there is nothing immediate that you think you will need to pay, you still need to activate your account before the code in your registration letter expires - this way you will be ready to pay online when the other expenses are added to the system in the near future.

 

WILL WE STILL ACCEPT CASH?


In the short term we will still be accepting cash, but the aim is to eventually move towards being a cashless school as much as possible in the future.  We will keep you updated about that, but we would encourage you to use the new system as much as possible.

 

I DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AT HOME - CAN I STILL USE IT?

 

You can access the website from any PC/laptop/tablet which has internet access.  If you do not own this equipment yourself you can log onto the website on a friend or family members machine (with their permission of course!).  Alternatively we can provide parents with access to a PC in school that will allow you to log onto your account.  If you wish to use the school PC for this - please see Mrs Grant or Mrs Haddon in the school office.

 

I DO NOT HAVE A DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD - HOW CAN I PAY?

 

If a person with parental responsibility does not wish or cannot use SIMS Agora to pay online for school items, it is possible to pay for items using any PayPoint or at the Post Office.  To use this facility:-

 

  1. Contact your child's school to request barcodes for the items you wish to purchase.
  2. Your child's school will provide a printed barcode for each item requested (each item has a unique barcode).
  3. Take the barcodes to your local PayPoint or Post Office counter.
  4. Inform the cashier if you wish to purchase more than one of any item, as these will be scanned separately.
  5. The cashier will scan the barcodes and take payment for the items.
    • Some items will be fixed price, e.g. trips, music lessons etc
    • Some items, e.g. school meals will require you to notify the cashier of how much you intend to pay.

 

I AM HAVING TROUBLE SETTING UP?
If you need help in setting up, please come and speak to Mrs Grant or Mrs Haddon in the office and we can help.  The guides below offers some more information on the system should you need it. 

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