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School Meals and Menu

Healthy Lunchtimes

At Oakley Church of England Junior School we encourage children to develop healthy lifestyles by considering what constitutes a healthy meal, as well as encouraging children to take plenty of exercise both during P.E lessons and through active playtime.  Evidence from current research shows that:

  • Children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
  • Children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
  • Only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
  • Eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital social skills

One of the easiest ways to ensure that your child gets all the nutrients they need is for them to have a hot school dinner provided through our partnership with HC3S. They produce a menu which has a three-weekly cycle and is available for parents to view below.

School dinners are currently £2.40 per day.   Payments by cheque or cash should be made to school on a Monday and Friday only (Cheques to be made payable to Hampshire County Council)  Online payments are preferred and can be made at any time.  Children choose their meal at registration that day.  Please ensure your child’s account is kept up to date.   If you wish to set up online payments please contact the school office.

To Pay Online please click on the logo

Due to the ever rising costs associated with school meals, the school needs to ensure that all school meals for children are paid for in a timely manner. Unfortunately due to a small number of parents who are not paying in advance or on the day for their child’s school meals and building up large debts on their account, Governors see no other solution than to adopt the following debt policy.

 Free School Meals Eligibility

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) Applying for free school meals

A parent or guardian may wish to check their child’s eligibility for Pupil Premium or continued free school meals (from Key Stage 2) and HC3S has an online service for this. The service allows you to check your own eligibility for free school/college meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.

To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

  • Name, home address and email address
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
  • Child or student’s name, date of birth and school/college

Please note that by following the link below to the online  eligibility checking service, you are leaving Hampshire County Council’s website.

The data you enter on the screen will be used to process your request.Free School Meals