Parents urged to sign up to new payment app

Parents are being urged to sign up to a new school payment app created to make life more convenient.

Pool Academy has launched a new internet-based service for parents to make online payments any time of the day or night.

The app, called School Gateway, can be used on a smartphone as an app or via the website and will help reduce the amount of money being carried by children in school.

Many people are already signing up to the cashless system but school officials are urging everyone to use School Gateway before the Curriculum Enrichment Week 2018 is launched later this term.

The cashless system also allows parents or carers to give online consent for their children to take part in activities.

Colin Barco, Finance Director, said: “A number of parents are already signing up for the new cashless system which makes paying for school trips and other fees easy and convenient.

“The new cashless system at Pool Academy falls in line with other schools in the area.

“In this age of smartphones and computers it makes sense for Pool Academy to launch the School Gateway app.

“We are encouraging all parents to sign up to the system before the Curriculum Enrichment Week 2018 is launched for payments.”

To use the system parents need an email address and mobile number. Parents are advised to download the app using the Android and iPhone store.

It can also be found by visiting and clicking on ‘new user’.

Mr Barco said: “If anybody has any issues with the system then please feel free to call the school and select the finance office option.”

Christiana Richardson