The system works exactly the same for all students whether they pay or have a free school meal. All students have their own account to use in exactly the same way. The amount allocated for the free school meal (£2.40 presently) will be entered into the system by the software daily and will only be accessible at dinner break.
The system will then allow, on a daily basis, the required cash amount for each individual student to be allotted to their current cash balance. However, any under-spend or missed dinner will be identified by the system and will not be added to the next day's balance. The student can also add extra cash onto his or her balance in the system by using the revaluation station, to enable a greater daily spend on the school dinner than allocated by their free meal allowance. As this allowance can only be spent on a school dinner, extra cash added into the system can also be used for break time snacks.