School Dinners

School Dinners:

All our school lunches are cooked on site and are provided by HC3S.

HC3S are very enthusiastic about feeding children well and spend a lot of time working on the menus and ensuring the balance is right.

They ensure they meet the government's nutritional guidelines, and to help comply with these guidelines, they use a dietician based at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester and also a nutritional computer package to assist them when planning our menus.

During the summer 2005, they were proud to receive the Highest Award for Excellence in School Catering from the Hyperactive Children's Support Group (HACSG).  This award was for primary school menus and was the first, and still the only, school meals service to achieve this standard, having removed 70 additives from their products for the autumn term menu.  HC3S is re-accredited annually and continues to follow the HACSG recommendations on additives.

If your child needs a specific medically requested diet, they are also able to offer nut free, wheat and gluten free (coeliac), egg free and dairy free diets.

Finally, they are always happy to hear your comments, suggestions and ideas about improving the meals they offer and if you require any further information, then please contact them and they will be pleased to help.

Please click on this link which will take you directly HC3S fun website for you and your child to learn more about our school dinners.

Lunches cost £2.15 for a main course and dessert. Payment for ALL dinners should be paid in ADVANCE, either through our online Tucasi system, or sent into school on the first day of the week, normally a Monday. All money should be sent in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with your child's name & class. Payments can also be made online (please contact the school office for your child’s account and logon details).

If your child forgets their dinner money we will ensure that he/she still has one and you will be informed of the payment due. This must be paid the next day; we are unable to allow any buildup of credit.

Free School Meals:

Free School Meals 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.

If you think you may be eligiable for Free School Meals, please apply on line at:

Packed Lunches:

Pupils put their named lunch boxes on a trolley first thing in the morning, the trolleys are then taken to the hall. At lunch time they simply take their box from the trolley. Children are also encouraged to bring in a healthy snack for mid-morning play which needs to be removed from their lunchbox prior to the trolleys being taken to the hall at stored in their trays.

We encourage parents to provide their child with a healthy and nutritionally balanced packed lunch. Foods that are high in salt, additives, sugar and saturated fats should be avoided. Whilst we appreciate it is often difficult to get children to eat healthy food, we do ask parents to do their very best to provide such foods in their packed lunch. Children are not allowed to bring fizzy drinks or sweets into school, as they are bad for their teeth.

Children need to bring a drink in their packed lunch separate to their water bottle as these are not accessible to children in the dinning hall. Alternatively, parents can provide an empty plastic cup which can be filled with water once in the dining hall.

In the event that your child forgets their packed lunch we will provide them with a school dinner and inform you of the payment due.

Please can you remind your child to collect their lunch boxes at the end of each day, as food left becomes a Health and Safety problem.