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Online Payments


At Hylands School we are a cashless site. Instead we use ParentPay to pay for catering, school trips, locker fees, school fund and additional items.

We use ParentPay because:

  • It reduces the risks associated with students carrying cash
  • Allows parents to pay online with a secure server encryption date at a time convenient to them.
  • It enables parents to monitor food and drink purchased at school.

Details of how to set up your child’s account will be sent to you closer to September. If you have more than one child at our school or children at another ParentPay school, you can create one single account login for all your children regardless of which school they Attend.

Making a payment is easy: Simply select the item to pay and follow the instructions to complete the payment. You can pay for multiple items during a single online session. ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payment to view at a later date should you wish. No card details are stored in any part of the system.

We encourage all parents and carers to use ParentPay to make payments for our cashless catering system, trips, activities, and resources.

For details on how to use ParentPay account, please.

Free School Meals

Your child may be eligible for free school meals if you are receiving any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit), with an annual income below £16,190
  • Pension Guarantee Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance, income related
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act, 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit, with a household income of £7,400 or less (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Apply online

For a user guide on how to check your eligibility, please click the link Step by step for FSM Checker’.  If you are eligible, please print off the certificate and bring it to the school so that we register you in order to add money to your child’s account. This takes 24 hours to take effect. 

FSM Checker

If you do not have access to a computer or the internet please contact the Hylands main office on 01245 266766 so we can help you with your application.

Our aim is to ensure that all Free School Meals are active for students on their first day of starting at Hylands, but we can only do this if we have the information in advance as it can take up to 3 days to activate on the system.

If your child starts before the Free School Meal application has been processed, please send your child in with a packed lunch.

General Documents Date Download
ParentPay Guidance 18th Jun 2024 Download
Step by step for FSM Checker 18th Jun 2024 Download