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Important Information - Allergies in School
Oakgrove has a number of children in school with severe, life threatening allergies. Therefore, the school cannot allow any products in school that contain strawberries or strawberry flavourings and nuts. Please ensure that children's packed lunch does not contain any such items, this includes jams, yogurts, spreads and drinks.
School Lunches - Chartwells
Oakgrove School’s lunch provider is Chartwells. They have a dedicated and passionate kitchen team on site who cook and prepare all the lunch meals, from fresh every day. If parents would like their child to have a school meal, it will need to be booked by 9am the Friday before their meal is due. This should be done through their online Parentpay account.
Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2
All children in Foundation and Years 1 and 2 are entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM). If parents would like to take advantage of these free meals (a sandwich option is also available daily) then please select menu choices through the child’s Parentpay account or by completing a School Lunch Order Form, which needs to be returned to the School Office. All lunch orders should be made by 9am on the Friday before the lunches are required.
Year 3 to 6
The children in Years 3 to 6 are not automatically entitled to Free School Meals, though some qualify for means-tested Free School Meals. If a child qualifies for Free School Meals and the school has received confirmation of this, their meals can be ordered either through their Parentpay account or by completing aSchool Lunch Order Form and returning it to the School Office.
If a child does not qualify for Free School Meals, the cost is £2.30 per day. The process for ordering is the same as outlined above. You can pay via Parentpay or via cheque. Please make cheques payable to ‘Chartwells’.
Parents are welcome to send their children in to school with a packed lunch. Due to a number of children who have very serious allergies, please avoid nuts and strawberries in packed lunches.
Free School Meals
In addition to the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) initiative, the government operates a free school meal system to support children from lower income families. Pupil Premium is a funding scheme which allows schools to access additional funding linked to the number of children claiming free school meals (FSM).
How to Apply for Free School Meals
You can register and find out if your child is eligible by visiting the Capita SIMS Free School Meal Online Application Form
The system is quick and simple to use and can be accessed via a smartphone or hand held device. If you qualify you will need to show the School Office the Application Summary either on your smartphone or print a copy.
Please register with the portal, even if you have applied and been unsuccessful in the past. Milton Keynes Council will then have your contact details and can inform you straight away if your eligibility changes.
All applications for free school meals will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Please do register on the portal, even if applying has been unsuccessful in the past. Milton Keynes Council will then be able to inform the parent if eligibility changes.
To further support parents on low incomes, Oakgrove Primary offers free school uniform items (two polo shirts and one sweatshirt/cardigan) to all children who qualify for FSM (but not UIFSM).