The College currently operates a “cashless” finance system and all transactions with parents are conducted through the online “ParentPay” facility.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q When can I log in to my account?
A Once you have received your activation letter from school with your activation login details you will be able to activate your account and start making payments. This letter will be sent to you soon by the College.
Q Which cards can I use?
A ParentPay accepts MasterCard and Visa credit cards, and Maestro, Switch, Delta, Electron, Solo and Visa debit cards. Some schools may limit the use of credit cards for some transactions; you will be informed by the College directly of any such restrictions.
Q Is it safe to make payments on the internet?
A Yes. ParentPay uses leading technology to process your card transactions securely. All communication with the bank is encrypted and neither ParentPay nor the College have access to your card details.
Q How can I check that it’s secure?
A Standard website addresses begin with http; the address for a secure site will always begin with https. You will also see a padlock at the bottom/top right of the screen on our login page and after you have logged into your account; never enter your card details or personal data on any web page whose address does not start https.
Q What about our personal information?
A ParentPay holds a very limited amount of information about you and your son/daughter solely for the purpose of administering your account; however ParentPay does not use your personal information other than for supporting the College. We do not share or give information to any other organisations. We operate under strict guidelines set out by the Data Protection Act 1998.
ParentPay will NEVER contact you by phone, email or mail and ask you to divulge confidential information like passwords or card numbers. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to be from ParentPay, please contact us immediately on 0845 257 5540.
Q I don’t have a home PC so how can I use ParentPay?
A Why not visit your local library, internet café or see if you can get access to a computer at work alternatively ask if you can use your College computers. Many schools/colleges have computers available for parents/carers and will be happy to show you how to use them.
Q Can I set up FREE balance reminders, so I know when to top-up any of my ParentPay accounts?
A Full instructions on how to setup FREE email alerts are available HERE
(NOTE: ParentPay EMAIL reminders are FREE – Text Message reminders are charged to YOUR account. Text Messages sent to you by the COLLEGE are FREE)
In this section of our website, you will find a range of tasks/activities set by different subject areas. Have a go at as many as you can. There is a prize for the best entry in each subject. More importantly, it will keep your mind active in preparation for starting Year 9 and will also introduce you to some of the topics that you will be covering in the different subjects at Westwood.
For each activity, instructions have been given on how to present your work. Please e mail your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org and importantly, please write in the subject line which subject’s task it is, so it can be sent on to the right place. Also, make sure your name appears in the email somewhere.
Please send in your entries by 4 p.m. on Monday 13th July
Best of luck
Head of new Year 9