Monday 21st May 2018

Dear Parent or Carer,

We will soon be installing a biometric cashless catering system at school. This system will enable pupils to pay for meals in school by presenting their fingerprint rather than carrying cash.

In line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), we have included a consent form with this letter about the implementation of this. It explains how we would obtain and use your daughter or son’s fingerprint (otherwise known as “biometric information”). Please read this carefully, and return the reply slip if you agree to the school processing your child’s biometric information. Biometric registration will take place on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th June.

Going forwards, students’ catering accounts will be topped-up via Parentpay. Please log on to Parentpay in the normal way, and select the “School Meals” payment item. It will be possible to view your child’s menu choices, and to set up email notifications alerting you when your child’s balance falls below an amount of your choosing. Please visit the communication page on your Parentpay account to organise this. The system will reduce the loss of cash carried by pupils, and give parents/carers oversight of how their child spends money in school. It will enable a faster food service, and mean that pupils receiving Free School Meals will no longer need to collect a token from reception.

The school has set a maximum daily spend limit of £5.00. If you would like to amend this, please contact the finance department by emailing j.ansell@stmaryleboneschool.com.

If your child benefits from Free School Meals, the value of this will be added to your child’s account at noon each day, ready for the start of lunch service. For more information on Free School Meals eligibility, please contact Ms Swan: s.swan@stmaryleboneschool.com.

We are keen to provide an opportunity for parents and carers to find out more about this system and ask any questions they may have. As such, we will be holding an information evening on Thursday 7th June. This will be a drop-in session between 6-7pm in the theatre on the Marylebone High Street site.

If you would like more information, or the chance to discuss this further, please contact Jennifer Ansell, Finance Manager: j.ansell@stmaryleboneschool.com.

The cashless catering system will go live on Monday 25th June, and no cash will be accepted at the tills from this date. If you have not given consent for your child’s fingerprint to be used for this purpose, we will talk with you about a reasonable alternative. We will of course also be informing the students about this.

Yours faithfully,

Ms S Anderson, Assistant Headteacher

Ms J Ansell, Finance Manager




23rd April 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,


Would you – or someone you know – like to be a Parent Governor? Our School Governing Body has a vacancy for a Parent Governor and we are looking for nominations from parents who would be interested in filling this role.
The role of the Governing Body is to help shape the overall direction of the School, monitor progress and standards, review and approve the budget, appoint and support the Headteacher and senior staff, review policies and procedures and ensure the School fulfils its statutory duties.

Governing Body meetings are held on Tuesday evenings. There are six meetings a year and Governors are also expected to be a member of a sub-committee which will also meet on a Tuesday six times a year. For more information about the role of a School Governor please contact our Clerk, Martha Blackwell, (clerk@stmaryleboneschool.com). Training and support will also be provided.

If you are interested, please fill in the form below, including the signatures of a proposer and a seconder who must be a parent or carer of a pupil at our school. Please also include a short statement about yourself (a maximum of 150 words) with, if you wish, a passport sized photograph. This information will be circulated to all parents in the event of an election; which will be held if there is more than one nomination. Your form, statement and optional photograph should be given to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

The election will be by ballot and every eligible parent will be able to vote. We will send you more information about this later.

The closing date for the receipt of nominations is 12.30pm on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. Please contact Dot at Reception if you require another copy of this letter. A copy can also be found on the School Website.

Yours faithfully,

Kathryn Pugh


Please return to Dot at Reception by 12.30pm on Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Name of nominee ________   Signature of nominee ____________
Student’s name __________   Student’s form __________________

Proposed by _____________  Signature of Proposer ___________
Student’s name ___________  Student’s form__________________

Seconded by _____________   Signature of Seconder ___________
Student’s name ___________  Student’s form __________________