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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.  Everything is cooked in our own kitchen to the highest possible standards.

All pupils in Year R, 1 and 2  are entitled to receive a free school meal each day under the government's Universal Infant Free School Meal programme (UFSM).

Pupils in Year 3-6 will be required to pay for school meals, in advance, via your Arbor account.  Meals currently cost £3.00 per day (as at October 2023)  Children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) in Years 3-6 will still receive a free lunch (see bottom of this page for more information on means tested FSM).

Meal choices will be made by all children during registration each morning, but it is helpful if you have chatted with your child about the meal choices for that day.

If your child does not want the school lunches on offer that day, then please send them in with a packed lunch in a named lunch box.  It is important that packed lunches do not contain nuts or any items with nuts in as we have severe nut allergies at Stoneham Park Primary Academy.  For some healthy lunchbox ideas, please click here.


IMPORTANT: If you are in receipt of certain benefits the school may qualify for extra funding to support your child's learning. Please see the section below on Pupil Premium Funding


To view the primary school menu's that begin on 30th October 2023 and runs to April 2024 then please click here.  There is a meat and non-meat choice each day.  Please note: that currently Week 2 Monday (vegetarian choice) has changed to plant based burger and Week 3 Thursday (vegetarian choice) has changed to cheese & tomato puff.You can also find translated copies of the menu's by clicking hereAs a third choice each day, we offer the following jacket potato menu 


Special Diets

HC3S can provide special diets for pupils with allergies and intolerances who want to have a school meal.

Special diets are provided for pupils with a medical problem, not just a dislike of certain food.

If your child starts school in September 2023 you should register for a special diet menu by 16 June 2023.  Please click below:

Full details of the service can be found here

The medically identified application form can be found here


Free school meals beyond year 2 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

It is important to apply for free school meals even if your child is in Year R, 1 or 2. This is because the school will receive extra funding to support your child/children. There is an online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals beyond Year 2, or you can check on behalf of someone else.  It is quick and easy to do.  To complete the 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

Click here for Eligibility Checker