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School Meals

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.

Online Payments

SCOPAY is used to pay for school dinners (must be paid in advance) and school trips. As part of our response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are now a cashless office. This helps us to avoid the unnecessary movement of staff and children around the school delivering envelopes and reduces the touch points for our administration team. It also has the added benefit of making school administration much more streamlined. We are more than happy to support and guide parents who are new to using SCOPAY. Please feel welcome to call the school office during term time if you need help setting up or making a payment.


The SCOPAY system is easy to use. You can access SCOPAY online from your webbrowser:  Some parents have found that the initial set up is easier to complete on a desktop or laptop, but once set up the SCOPAY app works really well for them. The SCOPAY app is available to download on Android and iOS operating systems. If you do not have a log in for SCOPAY please email and we will be happy to provide one for you. Parent FAQs for SCOPAY can be found here:

Please ensure your child's dinner account is in credit before they order their meals.  

Free School Meals


If your child is eligible for free meals please apply using this link 


A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent or carer receives one or more of the following benefits:

  • 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)
  • Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

    Your child may also get free school meals if you get any of these benefits and your child is both:

  • younger than the compulsory age for starting school
  • in full-time education
  • If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2023.