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KAA operates a cashless e-payment system – ParentPay – for morning break, lunch, classroom activities requiring special equipment and extra-curricular activities such as school trips. Therefore, students should never need to bring money into the academy or have money on their person which means that the risk of loss is greatly reduced.

With ParentPay you know that your money has reached the school safely, you can view your account statement and payment history, check when payments need to be made and set alerts to tell you when to pay online. This ePayment system allows parents and carers to pay online by debit & credit card or in cash at local PayPoint stores. Each parent has a secure online account, activated using a unique activation username and password. ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date.

A detailed ParentPay user guide can be downloaded from the ParentPay website, or in the introductory ParentPay letter sent to all Year 7 parents and carers. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you need assistance.

What happens if I already have a child at KAA or children at another school with ParentPay facilities?

If you have more than one child at a ParentPay school/s you can also add children to a single account. Click on the ‘add a child button’ in ParentPay to complete this task and enter the username and password we have provided.

Below is a list of items for which KAA may require payments to be made:

Family dining for Year 7 students: Family Dining is a big part of what we do at KAA. Year 7 students eat with others from their house each day, which helps strengthen relationships between year groups, develops social skills, prevents bullying and anxiety at lunch time over where to sit and, importantly, removes the need for anyone to queue. So it is overwhelmingly a good thing! Family Dining is paid for in advance (either weekly, monthly or for the full year). The total amount for 2017/18 (174 school days) is £400. This equals to £2.30 a meal, around £11.50 per week. You can pay on ParentPay anytime or apply for free school meals – see FSM section.

Lunch Time Dining for Year 8 – Year 13 Students: At our temporary home, the kitchen space is not sufficient to allow family dining for all year groups. Therefore, we are offering a students a range of hot and cold options during lunch service which can be paid for in the usual way by topping up the relevant parent pay item.

Break time catering: Students can buy snacks in the dining hall during break time when you add credit to your child’s account. Don’t forget to set up alerts on your account so you can top up when the balance is low. To help students with budgeting and provide certainty for parents that no unauthorized expenditure can be made, we do not offer credit facilities so no student is able to purchase items with insufficient funds. There is also a daily spend limit so students cannot spend all their allowance at once. Remember that parents and carers can view daily expenditure in the ParentPay system.

Equipment: Students are expected to wear the school tie and to have their school planner with them every day. If a student requires a new equipment item it must be purchased on ParentPay and collected at student Reception.

Ties: Year 7 students are issued with a school tie on their first day. Parents should use ParentPay to pay for the tie (£6).

Planners: All students are issued with a planner on their first induction day. As this is an important educational tool the academy will cover the cost, however we need to highlight that if your child loses their planner we will ask you to pay for the replacement cost through ParentPay (£8.00).

Trips: For residential trips parents can pay in instalments and details will be outlined in the parent communication. For smaller trips, such as the theatre or a sports event, payments, it is expected that the full amount is paid in one instalment.

Instrumental tuition: Instrumental tuition is heavily subsidised by us and we are able to offer a sequence of 10 lessons for £100 per term, working out at just £10 a week. The process is easy, if you would like your son/daughter to start learning an instrument just email Mr. Rigby at p.rigby@kaa.org.uk with the pupil name, tutor group and the instrument they would like to play. The £100 tuition fees must be paid for via ParentPay before your child starts the sequence of lessons.

Food Technology contribution (Years 7-9)All students will learn cookery (called “Food Technology”) during the year as part of the DT curriculum. We will be providing the necessary ingredients, equipment and clothing for all lessons, however, as you can appreciate, Food and Nutrition is an expensive subject to run. As such we ask that each student contribute £5 towards the cost of ingredients. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in providing this exciting opportunity towards the chefs and cooks of the future.

Product Design GCSE & A Level: For students undertaking a GCSE or A Level, the school requests a contribution of £20 per year towards materials for the course.