We encourage a healthy balanced diet at Oasis Academy Sholing, offering students the opportunity to choose from a variety of options, whether that is a packed lunch or school meal.
The Academy canteen offers a great selection of meals all purchasable. This includes the option of a cooked hot meal or freshly made sandwich and snack. Alternatively students may bring a packed lunch. We ask parents and carers providing packed lunches to choose healthy options with a balanced selection of food. These will help your child to stay healthy and to concentrate in lessons. We kindly ask that parents do not place sweets in packed lunches. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day. We do not allow energy drinks or fizzy drinks to be brought into the academy.
Preparing for a safe return to school in September
We do not underestimate the anxiety you may be feeling about the return to school in September. As your school meal provider, we’ve developed a back to school plan to make sure our teams have the right tools, information and best practice guidance to re-open our catering services safely.
The health, safety and wellbeing of the children we serve, our staff and of the schools we work with has been Sodexo’s number one priority throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
We have been at the front line of the COVID-19 response since it first emerged in China. We’ve shared our learnings and collaborated with your school’s leadership team to carefully plan how we will rise to the challenge of delivering school meals in the ‘new normal’ by implementing the following re-opening initiatives:
1. Conducted a re-opening risk assessment.
2. Agreed a local plan together with school management.
3. Delivered COVID-19 mandatory safety training for your school team.
4. Increased hygiene measures such as; Providing additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, enhancing handwashing procedures and implementing extra preventative cleaning regimes.
5. Maintaining social distancing in the kitchen, servery and food collection areas in accordance with Public Health England guidelines.
6. Meals will be freshly prepared and where agreed with the school served pre-packed (some on plates) with disposable cutlery. All snack items will be individually wrapped – wherever possible all packaging is environmentally friendly.
7. Removed self-service food counters (e.g. salad bars) to reduce the risk of contamination
8. Worked with schools to plan how children will receive their school meal without mixing with those outside their bubble e.g. staggered service times, delivery of meals to the classroom.
9. Set up regular briefings for our teams to provide them with COVID-19 Government and company updates to ensure continued compliance with the latest safety advice.
We are committed to supporting the Government and your school to get children back to the classroom safely in September. It is the best place for them to learn and develop, and it is undisputed that healthy school meals aid pupils’ health and learning outcomes.
By sharing these plans, we hope to give you and your children confidence and reassurance in our school meal service. However, should you have any questions or concerns please contact your school and ask to speak to your school catering team.
Applying for Free School Meals
Free school meals can be provided for children of parents in receipt of one of the follow support payments: 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 State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income below a threshold. The FSM checking service is now done electronically or by the school office. Find out more here.