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School Meals 


Our school kitchen is managed by Hampshire catering

Hampshire Catering 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 January 2024)  

Children in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) in Years 3-6 will still receive a free lunch. 

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 towards the bottom of this page on how to apply and Pupil Premium Funding



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.


Click here for current lunch menu's - There is a meat choice and a non-meat choice each day.

You can find translated (Arabic, Farsi, Hungarian, Nepalese, Pashto. Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Turkish & Ukranian) copies of the menu's by clicking here


We also offer a third choice which is a jacket potato plus topping (served with vegetables)  Note this menu runs now until October 2024:


Packed lunch from home

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.  This includes nutella, nut chocolate spreads, crepes with nut spreads, peanut butter, cereal bars containing nuts, cakes containing nuts and many more.

For some healthy lunchbox ideas, please click here.

Special Diets

Hampshire Catering 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:


  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

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