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School Meals

Please note the price of school meals will increase to £2.60 a day from 25th April 2022

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 April 2022. This increase is being introduced to meet the rising cost of providing school meals, which takes the price per meal to £2.60 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 (see Pupil Premium Free School Meals below).


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 £2.60 and is payable online by SCOPAY in advance. Please remember to check your balances regularly.


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).


HC3S - Your Award-Winning School Caterer

With over 30 years of school catering experience, our successful ethos is to provide healthy, local, responsible sourced food that children love. Our tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your children flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, our lunches provide a third of a child’s daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.

We know that providing award winning meals isn’t enough and so, at HC3S we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents, carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably.   

That’s why both our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and healthy eating/lunchbox sessions, the later in collaboration we Public Health England, are fun, engaging and available in your area. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum.

Where opportunity arise, and in a Covid safe environment, we bring live cooking and food related workshops to the classrooms. Sometimes, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations, outside of the classroom, creating sensory filled memorable experiences.

Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support, VegPower’s Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign encouraging children to eat more vegetables, Nutrition and Hydration Week and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.


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Our menus are:

Does your child need a medical special diet to eat lunch at school? Registering your child for a special diet is quick and easy via the Special Diets portal:

Once you have created your account, we will be able to review your medical evidence with our NHS dietician in order to devise an adapted menu for your child's school lunch.

Living with allergies comes with its own set of rules so when it comes to food, as education caterers, we want to make this as easy as possible for you as a family. Our staff are trained in food safety and regularly update their skills on allergens. We never underestimate the dangers of food allergies and intolerances and that's why we work hard to get it right.

More details can be found Special diets | Hampshire County Council (

Parents with children requiring a medical special diet will need to apply online. 



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.


Pupil Premium Free School Meals

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 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 Customs (Parents who are made redundant or start working less than 16 hours per week, may find their children are entitled to free school meals for a limited period.)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 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)


Applying for free school meals

To check if your child is eligible for free school meals and to sign up if you are, is a really simple online process.

Click on the link below and you will be asked to input your national insurance number and date of birth. This is an easy online service that will give you a quick answer to see if your child is eligible.