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ParentPay & Lunches

East Barnet School has a cashless catering biometric system for all year groups that links with ParentPay, enabling parents to view their child’s account and make online payments for school lunches and trips.

Based on fingerprint recognition technology, the system takes measurements of the fingerprint, but does not capture a complete image. The original fingerprint cannot be reconstructed from the data and the biometric information cannot be used for any reason other than for the express purpose for which it was collected. Your child will use their thumb/finger to access the cash loader and at the point of sale. The biometric system is also used for print management.

If you wish to opt out of the biometric system, your child will be issued with a PIN number. To opt out, please contact the Finance Office at the School – or phone 020 8344 2100.

Biometric Payment System – Consent Form

We encourage students not to borrow, Please ensure that your child’s account is always topped up to avoid an embarrassing or difficult situation for both students and staff.

To see a list of the food that is available in the EBS canteen and a list of prices, please click here.

How do I pay money into my child’s lunch account or ‘thumb’?

  • By credit/debit card – Via Parentpay – A username, password and full instructions are given to parents for each child when they start at East Barnet School. This is the most secure method of topping up your child’s account. ParentPay can be accessed at any time by clicking on the ‘pp’ icon at the top or bottom of the website. You can also access here: ParentPay.
  • By credit/debit card or cash – Via a Paypoint outlet using a Paypoint barcode. To request your barcode, please submit the online form below or e-mail
    A list of Paypoint locations can be found on, just type in your postcode (the nearest Paypoint location to the school is the Co-op in East Barnet Village).

How does my child buy lunch?

Students select their meal, go to the till and touch the scanner which brings up their account details. The duty staff can verify that the student has money to spend or has a Free School Meal allowance. The items purchased are then keyed in and charged to the student’s account or their FSM allowance automatically.

How do I check what my child has been eating/spending on their lunch account?

By logging on to your ParentPay account, you can check all transactions and purchases made.

How do I limit my child’s spending each day?

The maximum amount per day for purchases is set at £6 per student (providing there are sufficient funds on the account). Parents can change this by notifying the Finance Office.

My child is not returning to school in September, can I have their lunch account balance transferred to a sibling account or refunded back on to my Parent Account?

Yes, please read the guidelines on the ParentPay website and e-mail to make your request.

I have forgotten my username & password for ParentPay – how do I load money on to my child’s account?

If you have forgotten any of your login details please email or fill in the form below and a new password will be sent to you. Or you can request your Paypoint barcode – please state which trip/item or lunch it is for by adding PAYPOINT (+ITEM NAME) after inserting your name into the NAME field below.


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