Lunch Menu from 19th April - 22nd October
Special Dietary Requirements
Parents with children requiring a medical special diet will need to apply online. Registering your child for a special diet is quick and easy via the Special Diets portal. The Portal will open for applications on 1st July 2021.
Please note the price of school meals will increase to £2.50 a day from 1st November 2020
A small increase of 10 pence in the price of a school meal has been agreed by Hampshire County Council, to come into effect from November 2020. This increase is being introduced to meet the rising cost of providing school meals, which takes the price per meal to £2.50 for children in KS2.
The Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) programme will continue for KS1 children and in addition, children eligible for free school meals will continue to benefit.
To check your eligibility for FSM please visit https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants
September 2020 ~ Lunchtime Arrangements
KS2 children will eat their lunch in their classrooms: they can either bring a packed lunch from home or order a school picnic lunch (please see the picnic menu below). There will be 2 sittings, so whilst one class is inside eating, the other class will be outside playing.
Children in Year R and KS1 will eat in 2 separate sittings in the hall, they can order a hot school lunch (as KS1 children are entitled to Universal free school meals). However, they may bring a home packed lunch or order a school provided picnic lunch if they wish (please see the picnic menu below). If your child is entitled to free school meals then they also may have a hot school lunch.
A hot school meal is available daily; this is provided by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). The children order their chosen meal in the classroom each morning at registration. There is a meat and a non-meat offering available daily. Special diets can also be catered for and details can be obtained from the school office.
Children in year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a Universal hot free school meal at lunchtime in line with the Government initiative. Infants can bring in a packed lunch if preferred.
Children in years 3 to 6 can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school lunch, which costs £2.40 and is payable at the office in advance. School lunches can be paid for on the day, by the week or month or termly in advance. Please make cheques payable to Vernham Dean School. All cash should be in sealed and named envelopes.
Please do not include nuts or nut based products in lunchboxes or as snacks as we are a nut-free school.
Children are allowed to bring squash or juice in a drinking bottle or carton but this can only be drunk at lunchtime (only plain water can be drunk in class).
Food for Hampshire’s school meals continues to be locally sourced wherever possible and Hampshire County Council is committed to the healthy agenda and to providing high quality food to Hampshire’s children.
Free School Meals
This criteria for eligibility is where parents/guardians are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- the Guaranteed element of State 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 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs1
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- All Universal Credit claimants are currently eligible for education benefits’
Applying for free school meals
There is an online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals.