School Lunches

A hot school meal is available daily; this is provided by Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S). The children order their chosen meal in the classroom each morning at registration. There is a meat and a non-meat offering available daily. Special diets can also be catered for and details can be obtained from the school office.

Children in year R, 1 and 2 are entitled to a Universal hot free school meal at lunchtime in line with the Government initiative. Infants can bring in a packed lunch if preferred.

Children in years 3 to 6 can either bring a packed lunch or have a hot school lunch, which costs £2.10 and is payable at the office in advance. School lunches can be paid for on the day, by the week or month or termly in advance. Please make cheques payable to Vernham Dean School. All cash should be in sealed and named envelopes. As from 1st April 2017, the price of school meals will increase to £2.15.

Please do not include nuts or nut based products in lunchboxes or as snacks as we are a nut-free school.

Children are allowed to bring squash or juice in a drinking bottle or carton but this can only be drunk at lunchtime (only plain water can be drunk in class).

School lunch menus for 30 October 2017 to 30 March 2018 on the following cycle can be viewed below.

Week 1 30 October, 20 November, 11 December 2017, 8 January, 29 January, 26 February, 19 March 2018
Week 2 6 November, 27 November, 18 December 2017, 15 January, 5 February, 5 March, 26 March 2018
Week 3 13 November, 4 December 2017, 1 January, 22 January, 19 February, 12 March 2018

Menu Oct – March

Food for Hampshire’s school meals continues to be locally sourced wherever possible and Hampshire County Council is committed to the healthy agenda and to providing high quality food to Hampshire’s children.

Free School Meals


This criteria for eligibility is where 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
  • All Universal Credit claimants are currently eligible for education benefits’

Please visit for full details or contact the school office

Applying for free school meals

There is an online service, where you can check your own eligibility for free school meals.

To check your eligibility online please click;