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School Meals

Our school kitchen is managed by HC3S.  HC3S is the largest provider of school meals in Hampshire, supplying hot and cold nutritional meals to 445 primary schools across the county.  HC3S also supplies 3 schools in Dorset and 11 in Wiltshire.

 

Primary menu from November to April 2021:

Primary Menu

 

Everything is cooked in our own kitchen by Mrs Sarah O’Brien and her team, who have been awarded the highest grade of 5* for hygiene and food standards by Test Valley Borough Council.

The current cost of meals is £2.50 for Junior children.

ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a meal, free of charge, under the UIFSM programme and registration is not required.

Universal infant free school meals | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

 

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.

Want to know more about HC3S?

Click on this web link www.hants.gov.uk/hc3s Follow and review us on www.facebook.com/hc3seducation Follow and tweet us on www.twitter.com/HC3S6

 

Does your child need a medical special diet to eat lunch at school? If so, you need to create an account to register your child for a medical special diet.

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 here...

Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

 

The Medically Identified Application form can be found here...

 

Free School Meals Eligibility

Free school meals are available only to children whose 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 Customs

No other benefits qualify for free school meals.

 

Applying for free school meals

There is an online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals, or you can check on behalf of someone else.

 

To complete a check you will need the following information for yourself, or the person you are checking on behalf of:

 

  • Name, home address and email address
  • National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service reference number
  • Child’s name, date of birth and school

 

Please note that by following the link below to the online free school meals eligibility checking service, you are leaving Hampshire County Council’s website.

 

https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/hants

 

The data you enter on the screen will be used to process your request.

 

Follow the link below to see the current primary school menu:

 

New Year R Meal Starter Pack

General Advice regarding food in school:

We promote healthy eating and ask that parents provide healthy snacks of fruit and vegetables for break times. We have chilled and filtered water available throughout the day and ask that children bring drinks bottles to school for re-filling. If your child will not ‘yet’ drink water please speak to us so that we can manage any other choices together.

 

A small number of children do have food allergies and we ask that children do not bring in food items with nuts in their lunch boxes.

 

Finally, children should not bring sweets to school to celebrate birthdays - cards and songs are much more fun!

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