Capita ups the competition for parents' online payments in a bid to expand. Gerald Haigh reports
ParentPay, the first practical online secure payments system to enable parents to pay for school dinners, and items like uniforms and trips, has been steadily growing for 11 years. Over that time it has become established as the market leader.
Now big hitter Capita, after providing schools with its SIMS Dinner Money service, is ready to deal directly with parents and prune a pocket or two more with its new system, called SIMS Agora (appropriately, an agora was a "meeting place" or "market place" in Ancient Greece).