Prae Wood Primary School

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School Gateway

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONs

School Gateway is our booking and payment system

How do I use School Gateway?

You need your email address and mobile number that the school holds on record for you.

Download the app: if you have a smart phone, please download School Gateway from your app store (Android and iPhone).  The app shows the same information as the School Gateway website plus you can message the school for free- this will also save the school money when we send you a text message.

OR

Visit the website www.schoolgateway.com and click on ‘New User’.  You’ll receive a text message with a PIN number.  Use this PIN to log into School Gateway.

Is there a charge to use it?

Each transaction via School Gateway carries a charge of 44p to the school.  Therefore, if you can group your payments, it is very helpful to the school and saves us money.

I can’t seem to log in

Please contact us to make sure you are using the details that we have on file for you. It’s important that these match, or you will not be able to use this service.  If you are having trouble logging in, please email the office at admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk so that we may assist you.

I already use this for my child at another school.  Can I link the account?

Yes, as long as your email and contact number are the same at both schools.

Can I pay for multiple purchases, or more than one child’s account at the same time?

Yes, if you use www.schoolgateway.com  Here you have a clear overview of all your accounts and can add items to ‘basket’ before paying.  The app currently requires you to make individual transactions each time, but the software developers are working on this.  You could also access the site via your smartphone, if you don’t want to log in to a desktop each time.

How can I see what I owe for my child?

Log in to your account, either via the app or the website and make sure that you look in both the ‘Clubs’ categories, and the ‘Payments’ categories.

If your balance shows 0.00 you do not have any outstanding amounts to pay.

If you balance shows eg -10.00 then you have an outstanding amount of £10.00 to pay.

If your balance shows eg £10.00 then you are in credit.

Do I have to pay everything at once?

Your requirement to pay is based upon the way in which it has been set up.  Clubs and trips are likely to require immediate payment and will ask you to complete this to secure your booking, whilst RASCAls and Breakfast Club do not need payment at the time of booking.  When you do not need to pay immediately you will see the balance for your child/ren reflecting a charge and you can log in to pay when needed. 

Please continue to pay for school lunches half termly in advance, as well as Breakfast Club and RASCals for fixed bookings.

Can I use childcare vouchers to pay for my bookings?

Yes. Please advise the school office if you would like to use childcare vouchers and we will apply the credit to your account as we are notified by the childcare voucher provider.  You will be able to see when these have been applied by viewing your child’s balance.  If you are trying to book a club which requires you to pay at the time of booking, please advise the office, and we can help you reserve a space prior to applying your payment of childcare vouchers.

I’ve changed my phone number/email address.  Will School Gateway still work?

If you have informed the school office of any changes, we will have amended your details on our system, and this will alter your profile.  Please log in to School Gateway using your old email address and ANY random PIN, and this will trigger an option to update your details.

My account is showing things that I haven’t used

Your account will show everything that your child/ren qualify for.  So, even if you do not currently use Breakfast Club, for example, you will have the capacity to make a booking if you wish.  This will show as 1/1 alongside the charge that applies for that session.  It does not mean that you have been charged this amount.

Can I see what I have paid for already?

Yes, simply log in to school gateway and click on the tab titled ‘payment history’

I have paid too much- what should I do?

We can carry your credit across to other categories, or across to the following academic year (unless your child is in year 6 or about to leave the school, in which case we would look to refund you).

King Harry Lane, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4HZ

admin@praewood.herts.sch.uk

01727 751930