Free School Meals
Families who receive certain benefits may be eligible for free school meals.
Your child is eligible
for free school meals if you’re in receipt of one of the following benefits:
• Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• The guarantee element of Pension Credit
• Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working
• Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than
Please click here to register or find out more.
ParentPay – Our Online Payment Service
At Riverside School, we operate a cashless payment system called ParentPay. All students will be issued an account when they start with us. As well as paying for school meals, ParentPay is also used for paying for a number of other things including school trips and visits.
ParentPay is easy-to-use and offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the ParentPay website – safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available and that funds will reach school safely. Parents are also able to top up the account at a shop displaying the PayPoint logo.
With ParentPay, parents have their own secure online account, activated using a unique username and password; making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of all payments for you to view at a later date. When you make a payment, an email confirmation is sent to you, giving you the reassurance that the transaction has been successful.
By using ParentPay you help us reduce our staff workloads, creating more time to lend to educational support and the smooth running of the school. It also ensures that all money transactions are safe and secure.
Setting up ParentPay balance alerts
Click here for a guide to help you set up alerts for when your child’s balance is low
Click here for any other ParentPay support
Biometrics and Till Payments
In September 2017, our tills were upgraded so that students will make payments using their biometric data. This has speed up food service, prevented money being lost and also prevented students making payments on accounts other than their own. If you do not wish for your child’s biometric data to be registered, you will need to express this in writing to the school and a contactless payment card will be issued instead.
If you need a replacement Biometric Data Consent Form, please click here