Top of the class: ParentPay and Secure Trading extend partnership

ParentPay, the UK’s market leading online payment platform for schools, has renewed its partnership with leading independent payment management company Secure Trading.

Secure Trading provides a secure payment gateway for ParentPay’s innovative online payment system. The renewal extends a relationship that began in 2003, and the contract has been inked for a further two years. Secure Trading’s resilient payment gateway processes around 250,000 payments from ParentPay every week.

ParentPay’s unique web application allows parents to make online payments by credit or debit card. Working with over 3000 schools it provides a secure system for parents to pay for a range of services, including school dinners, extracurricular activities and trips. ParentPay also provides the service to over 30 local authorities.

Once logged in users can access a range of information, including their children’s purchase history and upcoming dinner menus. The application also provides an alert service which informs users if their balance is running low. Secure Trading’s gateway boasts 100% API uptime, and has consistently handled the peaks and troughs in payment density that ParentPay goes through each academic year.

Clint Wilson, chief executive at ParentPay said: “Having the right infrastructure and service partners is key to underpinning ParentPay’s continued growth. Secure Trading is the ideal partner for us. We needed a reliable gateway that could grow with us as our business expanded. They’ve supported us every step of the way and we’re very much looking forward to working with them further.”

Justin Fraser, sales and marketing director at Secure Trading said: “ParentPay is a fantastic business and it’s no surprise that it has grown so quickly. We’ve been able to provide a stable, reliable platform for their customers, and now we’re looking forward to providing new solutions to help grow their already strong market share.”