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School Meals


School Meals 


All children choose their school lunch each morning in the classroom, during registration.   Hot meals are cooked on the premises by our award-winning caterers HC3S. HC3S menus are Trading Standards Approved and work on a three week rotation. HC3S provide nutritious food, cooked fresh every day which is responsibly sourced.  Children have a choice of three options (Red - Meat, Green - vegetarian and an option off our seasonal menu - Purple).  All lunches are cooked to order to ensure every child is catered for.  HC3S change their menu's each April and November.  Details of the current weekly menus are provided here:

Medical Special Diets


If your child has a medical special diet requirement, please register directly with HC3S. Once you have created your account, HC3S will review your medical evidence with a NHS dietician in order to devise an adapted menu for your child's school lunch.


Please click on the following link for further details: Special Diets - HC3S - Hampshire County Council (


Home Packed Lunch


Children can bring in a packed lunch from home if they prefer.  We ask that children DO NOT bring into school any items that contain NUTS (such as chocolate/nut spread, granola bars, chocolate/nut bars) as we are a nut free school.  We also ask that children do not bring in any fizzy drinks, glass bottles or sweets.


Please click on the following link for 60 lunchtime hacks for packed lunches.


Procedure and Cost for School Meals


  • If your child would like to have school dinners they will have the opportunity to choose on a daily basis
  • At morning registration the children will select from a meat, vegetarian, seasonal or packed lunch from home. 
  • Meals from 31st October 2022 are £2.80 per day
  • Payment can be online by using SCOPAY - our online payment system 
  • Meals should be paid for on the day or in advance. A reminder will be sent out at the end of each week for any unpaid dinner money.  Please note that if your lunch debt is over £20, we will ask you to provide a packed lunch for your child each day until the debt is cleared (as per our school policy).  PLEASE AIM TO KEEP YOUR CHILD'S LUNCH ACCOUNT IN CREDIT.
  • In addition to dinners, SCOPAY can also be used to pay for trips and events, clubs and to book your parents evening slot all online. Using SCOPAY allows you to top up your child’s account anywhere, anytime using a credit or debit card.

  • All parents have access to SCOPAY, if you have not yet registered to make online payments, please let the office know and an access code will be issued to you.

  • SCOPAY have an App that you can download (for both iOS and Andriod users)

If a child forgets to bring their packed lunch we will contact their parent to see if they are able to provide one. Alternatively we can provide a school meal. 


Please note that all meals are ordered at 9.30am in the morning therefore if your child is going to be late to school, please ensure you telephone the school office to inform them of what lunch your child needs to be ordered.  Simultaneously, if you child has ordered a lunch for that day and leaves the school for whatever reason (i.e. illness) as the food has already been ordered and cooked, we will not be able to refund that meal for that day unless it can be used by another child.


Please contact the school office (01962 881311) should you have any further questions regarding school meals.

Universal Free School Meals (UFSM)


All Year R, 1 and 2 children are now entitled to Free School Meals under the Universal Free School Meal Initiative. However, if eligible, parents should still register for Free School Meals (even if your child is receiving them under the Universal initiative) as this enables the school to receive significant additional funding to support those children.


Free School Meal Entitlement (FSM)


Your child may be able to get free school meals if you receive any of the following:


  • 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 guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re 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 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)


OR for you can use the online Free School Meals Eligibility Checker which will give you an instant answer.

Breaktime Snacks


Children in Year R,1 and 2 are provided with fruit or vegetables each morning.


Older children will need to bring in their own snacks from home - we do ask that healthy snacks such as fruit or vegetables are used wherever possible.  Please do not send your child with anything containing nuts or sweets.