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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?

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 | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

 

Lunches

 

ALL children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Squirrels and Otters) 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)

 

For Key Stage 2 children (Badgers and Foxes) they are available at a cost of (currently) £2.50 a day - £12.50 for the whole week.  You may wish your child to have school dinners every day or just occasionally. Dinners should be paid for in advance on a Monday.  However, if your child does have an odd dinner during the week, please send in the money on the day or pay online via Schoolmoney.  You are welcome to pay for dinners for the half-term or term if you prefer.

 

We are a nut free school and would ask you to bear this in mind when preparing your child’s lunchbox.

 

Your child may be entitled to free school meals if you are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

 

  • Income support (IS)
  • Income-based jobseeker’s allowance (IBJSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Families in receipt of Child Tax Credit will also qualify provided that (a) they are NOT also entitled to Working Tax Credit, and (b) their annual income, as assessed by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs does not exceed £16,190 (from 6 April 2012, subject to annual review).
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit.

 

No other benefits qualify for free school meals.

 

If you would like to complete a form to apply for free school meals please apply online at www.hants.gov.uk/hc3s/freeschoolmeals.htm. Please be assured that this information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

 

It is important to register for free school meals even if your child is in Year R, 1 or 2 since this is a way the schools receives pupil premium funding. If your child prefers to take a packed lunch, the trigger provides an extra funding stream that is used to help children’s learning.

 

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