First Renfrewshire schools go cashless with ParentPay next year


Renfrewshire's schools are going cashless with ParentPay. Photography by Thomas Nugent.

Schools in Renfrewshire are making the change to cashless payments as part of the ParentPay scheme.

This plan will allow parents to pay online for their children’s purchases on school grounds.

It will set up a credit for the pupil to use in school, through an account that the parent can top up online or at the nearest PayPoint.

ParentPay is launching in six schools in January 2019.

This is part of Renfrewshire’s efforts to make schools go cashless by 2020, so that children do not have to carry money on them.


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A statement by the council said:

“The cashless system, which is already used in more than 8,000 UK schools, allows parents and carers to make online payments into their child’s account 24/7.

“They will also be able to see what their child has ordered for lunch, set spending caps and keep a record of all the payments they have made.”

Parents and carers will be required to set up a profile on MyGovScot MyAccount to use the service.

The accounts are going live in December ahead of the launch in the new year.

The six schools to kick off the scheme are Castlehead and Gryffe High Schools, and Auchenlodement, Howwood, St Fillan’s and St James (Renfrew) Primaries. 

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