Online Payment for School Meals and other School Payments
Aberdeenshire Council has introduced online payments to primary and secondary schools to provide parents and carers with the convenience of making online payment with debit or credit cards, for a range of school services.
This is now the way to pay for primary and secondary school meals. The preferred option is to make payment online but, if required, cash or cheque payments will continue to be accepted. In addition, you may also make payment for a range of school services and activities where this facility is available.
The first step in accessing the online payment service is to visit Pay facility located on the Aberdeenshire Council home page. Select the Pay option. Select the "School meals and other school payment" option this will reveal the mygovscot myaccount portal.
To register please see instructions below or view our video guide: https://youtu.be/YwH9_3n7O4I - this will allow you to access a range of local services through mygovscot, powered by myaccount.
Registering and making On-line Payments
To sign up for myAberdeenshire and begin using this new system, please follow the instructions shown below -
Step 1: Visit the Aberdeenshire Council website at www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk and choose “Pay” from the list of online services, then select “School Meals”.
Step 2: If you already have a myAberdeenshire account, click on the sign-In logo above then move to step 4, if you do not have an account choose “Register” then “Create New Account”. (Please note if you have an NEC card you can use this for a quick registration process).
You will be asked to add your name, Date of Birth, email address and home address, and you will be asked to create a username. You can use your email address if you wish.
Following this step you can complete further information or bypass this and “Complete registration”.
Step 3: You will be sent a temporary password to the email address you provided, follow the instructions in the email by clicking on the link and entering the temporary password. You will then be asked to provide a permanent password. When you log in for the first time you will be asked to share your details, this will allow you to use the same login with future council services. Once you are signed in, you will be directed to school payments system.
Step 4: If you are an existing school payments user and have used the same email address to register through myAberdeenshire the system will recognise this and you will be asked to link your logins by entering your original password. Your login will then be joined and you will be able to continue to use the system. You will only need to complete this step once.
If you are a brand new customer, please choose “Link Childs Account” and enter your child’s reference number provided by letter or by the school catering service. You can then opt to ‘link further children’ and use further codes to link additional children.
Making Payments: The system allows you the convenience to make a payment whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once logged into the School Payments System, go to the homepage and add items you wish to pay for to your basket. When you proceed to checkout you will be taken to the Aberdeenshire Council Payment Gateway where you can enter your debit or credit card details securely. Please note a 2% fee is applied for credit cards. A receipt will be emailed to your nominated account.
Should you experience any difficulties with registering or making online payments please call our Contact Centre at the following number - 03456 08 12 02.
How the system is used to obtain a Primary School Meal
Each morning in the classroom those children having a school meal will choose their main course for that day. This information will help the kitchen to ensure pupils receive their selected option.
Parents/carers can view their children's choices in their on-line account history.
Payment for drinks cannot be made on-line and will remain available for cash purchase at lunchtime.
Information for pupils entitled to Free School Meals - including Primary 1 to 3 Free School Meals
The systems works the same for all pupils whether they pay or qualify for Free School Meal entitlement. If your child is eligible for free school meals, the system will recognise this and automatically allow meal selections.