School Meals


The Catering Service at Oakbank School is managed in-house by our Catering Manager, Denise Davis.  Denise heads up a team of experienced staff and many of them have supported Oakbank School as parents and as members of staff for more than 10 years.  Our overall aim is to provide nutritious meals for all students with a choice of menu to cater for all tastes and cultures and a pleasant environment and atmosphere in which to eat.

We operate a Cashless Catering system in school which shares the common biometric database that is used for our printing system and our Learning Resource Centre for issuing library books.  There are two ways that student accounts can be topped up.  Firstly students can put cash in one of the four Revaluation units located around school, secondly  parents can deposit funds using debit or credit card online through the ParentPay website.  Using ParentPay also has the advantage that parents can monitor exactly what their child is eating on a daily basis and parents can also use this method to pay for school trips, shop purchases and other available services.

The school adheres to the mandatory food based stabdards for secondary schools and we provide allergen information for all the food we serve. We have also been awarded a Food Hygiene Rating of 5 stars by the local authority.

Service Times:

Breakfast 8:00am - 8:30am – Cereal, bacon sandwiches, toast, fruit toast, crumpets and 
a selection of fresh fruit and drinks.
Break 10:45am – 11:05am – Pizza slices, bacon sandwiches, bagels, toasted paninis, baguettes, 
sandwiches and a selection of fresh fruit and drinks.
Lunch 13:05pm – 13:40pm – Two hot main choices with vegetables and potatoes, a selection of hot and cold 
desserts, hot pasta choices, baguettes, sandwiches, a selection of salads and jacket potatoes with a 
variety of fillings.

Eating Areas and Outlets

There are separate social and eating areas at break and lunchtime for each of the Key Stages.  The exception to this is if students want to purchase a hot plated meal at lunchtime they may eat in the Main Dining Room regardless of Key Stage.

Plated meals deals are available in the Main Dining Room and these consist of one hot main choice served with one vegetable and one potato dish plus a choice of either a dessert, a piece of fruit or a fruit juice drink.  These currently cost £2.30.

Hot pasta with a choice of sauces is available from the Hot Pasta Bar for £1.80.

The Deli Bar in the Main Dining Room sells a variety of salads and cold pasta pots in addition to jacket potatoes with a range of hot and cold fillings at prices starting from £1.10.

Our other outlets, Strollers, the Assembly Hall and Annie’s Bar in the sixth form, all sell a range of freshly made baguettes with prices from £1.55 to £1.75, sandwiches from £1.40 to £1.80 and a variety of other cold snacks and drinks.

Seating is available in the Assembly Hall for Key Stage 3 and in the Table Tennis Room for Key Stage 4 for those students who bring packed lunches.

Fresh drinking water is available at two water dispensers located in the Main Dining Room and Strollers areas.  Both outlets are open at break and lunchtime.  The Main Dining Room is open at breakfast for all students and they are encouraged to fill their water bottles at these times only.  Bottled water is also available to buy at all outlets at a cost of 50p.

Other Information

Wherever possible we source our food locally using reputable local suppliers.  One of the advantages of in-house catering is that we can change suppliers and products to meet the needs of the service and in response to student and staff requests.

We firmly believe that the only way to develop and improve our service is to listen to our customers so if you are a student, parent or carer, or a member of staff we will be very pleased to hear from you with your comments or suggestions.

For further information please contact Denise Davis on 01535 210111 or email at
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