Free School Meals
All parents are advised to apply for Free School Meals for their child (in Years 7-13) if they are in receipt of one 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 guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you are 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 four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
Why should I apply for Free School Meals?
Your child will have access to a varied menu of free school meals, provided through Innovate Catering. The school also receives an additional payment from the Government (as part of the Pupil Premium fund) based on our numbers of free school meal pupils.
How do I apply for Free School Meals?
Visit the Redbridge Parent Portal where you will need to create an account or log in if previously registered. The link to login or create an account are at the top of the Parent Portal page. They will require proof of your receipt of the above benefits.
Will other students know that my child receives Free School Meals?
Since September 2020 the school has used an online system to order meals. Students entitled to Free School Meals will have their account automatically credited with money and therefore the process is completely discreet. Students should order meals via the Fusion app provided by Innovate catering.
Will my child have to eat a school meal if I register?
While it is recommended that your child eats a school meal, due to the nutritional value it provides, this is optional. We would ask that you register regardless of whether or not they want a meal, so we can receive this funding. School meals are provided by our catering team on-site. Meals should be ordered via the Fusion app.
Free School Meal Vouchers & Food Parcels
In the event of extended school closures provision of Free School Meals for eligible children will continue. Since January 2021 this has been through a voucher scheme that has been organised by Redbridge.
If you have registered but have not received vouchers please contact the London Borough of Redbridge firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where students have been asked to sellf isolate as a result of close COVID contact, food parcels have been distributed by Redbridge to substitute Free School Meal Provision on-site.
What is the Pupil Premium?
Introduced in 2011, the pupil premium is a sum of money given to schools each year by the Government to improve the attainment of disadvantaged children.
The pupil premium is intended to directly benefit the children who are eligible, helping to narrow the gap between them and their classmates.
When will I know and how long will the support last?
If you are eligible, Oaks Park will be notified by Redbridge. Eligible children will remain so until they complete their schooling.