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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. 

Everything is cooked in our own kitchen by Jane and Carole, who have been awarded the  grade of 5 for hygiene and food standards by Test Valley Borough Council. 

We expect that parents of children in Key Stage 1 will take up the option of the Universal Infant Free School Meal. This is because we believe that the hot school dinner option is much better for the children’s learning and health. We recognise the evidence that states: 

  •  children are better prepared for learning if they eat well
  •  children make more progress if they have eaten the right nutritional lunch
  •  only 1% of packed lunches provide the correct nutrition
  •  eating hot dinners is an important social occasion and the children learn vital social skills 

School Meal Price Increase from Monday 5th June 2023 

It will come as no surprise to you to hear that in the current national economic climate HC3S is experiencing significant increased costs around food and pay, with food prices expected to escalate further.  

HC3S therefore has no option but, regrettably, to increase the school meal price by 20p from £2.80 to £3.00 for all meal types with effect from Monday 5th June 2023, for all KS2 children (Years 3,4,5, 6). 

We continue to encourage families to check eligibility for Free School Meals; please see section below. 

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 Customs1
  • 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)


No other benefits qualify for free school meals.

Applying for free school meals

There is a new 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.

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