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School Lunches

“Good food provision in schools has been shown to lead not only to healthier children, but to improved attainment.”


At Freegrounds Infant School we understand a healthy balanced diet is kept to an individual fulfilling his or her full potential in life. We believe it is important to enjoy a varied and interesting diet while understanding that certain food groups should be eaten in moderation.


Children are welcome to bring a packed lunch to school but we do encourage them to take up a hot school lunch. Our hot lunches are provided by award-winning caterers HC3S, their plan is about good food and happiness. It is about the pleasures of growing, cooking and eating proper food. It is also about improving the academic performance of our children and the health of our nation.

In 2014 it was introduced for all Key Stage 1 children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) are offered a hot school dinner FREE of charge.


If your child does prefer to bring in a packed lunch this needs to be provided in a suitable named lunchbox along with an ice pack as the school building is always warm and we do not have the facility to refrigerate all the lunches. You are encouraged to pack a healthy meal for your child. Please also note that our school is nut free so we ask that nothing containing nuts is packed in lunchboxes as this could pose a potential serious risk to a number of children that have nut allergies.


Should your child have a special dietary requirement please notify the school office who will be happy to assist.


The current menu along with menus in other languages can be found here:



Menu November 2019 - April 2020



Menu April 2020 - October 2020



Here are some suggestions for a lunchbox



Some families provide us with information on their data collection sheet, that their child has a beef free diet or a pork free diet. (This is a choice rather than a medical dietary requirement.) Therefore HC3S have provided us with these menus. They DO NOT offer alternative options but do state which option those following a specific diet can opt for. Below is an example of these menus
Please see below our whole school food policy. 

HC3S, Your Award-Winning School Caterer


Celebrating 30 years of school catering in 2019, 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, 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 Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.


Want to know more about HC3S?

Click on this web link.

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