"We have worked with AiP for 4 years and are looking forward to the technology developments planned with the payment system," says Mr. Paul Wright, Henley’s Head Teacher.
The ordering, paying, queuing and administration processes are significantly improved through the use of cashless systems. The biometric finger print recognition software allows students to choose their meals on an individual basis, taking into account any special dietary or allergy requirements.
"A large proportion of the system intuitiveness is during the set up stages," explains AiP Managing Director David Weller.
"After initial programming the system runs very smoothly and helps to keep long-term procurement costs down."
Henley in Arden school serves the rural communities of the ancient Forest of Arden and educates around 650 pupils aged 11-16 years. They hold Awards in Arts Council, Eco Schools, Mathematics and more recently has become a new Lego Education Centre; a challenging environment that encourages pupils to learn the essential skills built around the key areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Huge emphasis is given to food at the school within the national curriculum and extra curriculum activities. AiP have supported the school with a Master Chef competition for the first time in 2011 and again in 2012 together with their Let's Get Cooking Club, a government and lottery funded scheme.
David concludes: "Henley in Arden are a prime example of a progressive education establishment focused on the health and viability of their community; we are proud to be continuing and improving their provision of fresh, locally sourced and sustainable meals."