Technology tops the class as primary schools introduce online school payments

 03 May 2018  |  


Uptake is growing

Uptake is growing

Parents with children in primary schools across South Ayrshire are set to experience Monday mornings without the drama as the Council's online school payments system continues to roll out.

iPayimpact is already running in all Council secondary schools and now 21 primary schools are coming on board to help make the scramble to find cash on a Monday morning a thing of the past.

Over the coming weeks, the following primary schools will be introducing the flexible online system so parents and carers can pay for meals and trips at any time:

Alloway, Barassie, Braehead, Cairn, Dalmilling, Forehill, Girvan, Heathfield, Holmston, Kincaidston, Kingcase, Maidens, Monkton, Muirhead Newton, St John's, Symington, Tarbolton and Troon.

Glenburn and Ayr Grammar will be accepting online payments for school trips and introducing the cashless school meal option in the future.

Letters have been sent out to parents / carers with each child's unique identifier and reference numbers so they can register and set up an account.

If you have not received a letter and have a child at one of the 21 schools listed, please contact your school in the first instance.

 Councillor William Grant, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "Since we launched our online school payments system late last year, £100,000 of transactions have taken place and with just under half our primary schools now getting involved, this figure is sure to increase dramatically.

 "We want to ensure that people have the option to use our services at a time which suits them so our online payments system makes a lot of sense, especially for busy parents and carers.

"Our flexible system allows accounts to be topped up at any time using a debit or credit card and payments can even be tracked to see where money is being spent.

"Parents can continue to pay for school meals, trips and other items as they have always done, but the signs are that many are opting for the online option."

Alloway Primary School has already embraced the new payments system with 55 signups in the first few days. Fiona Meney, Depute Head Teacher said:  "The online school payments system is already proving popular among parents and carers. The system is ideal as it cuts the number of children carrying cash into school which can only be a good thing. We will continue to encourage parents to sign up and see the benefits for themselves."

If you want more information or are looking to sign up to iPayimpact please visit https://www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/no-drama