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Portway Infant School

Portway Infant School

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School Meals

Like many schools in Hampshire, we buy in the Hampshire Catering Service who employ our cooks and organise menu choices. We are lucky to have a large kitchen on the joint school site where our meals are cooked and prepared.


For further information about the Hampshire Catering service please continue reading or for more information, including lunch menus, visit the HC3S website via the link below:

Your school lunches are provided by award-winning caterers HC3S.


At HC3S, our ethos is about tasty food to help your children flourish. And to do that it helps if they eat a healthy diet.  By providing nutritious food, cooked fresh every day and which is responsibly sourced, we give your children a balanced diet with choices that aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.


But we go a step further. We also want children to understand about healthy lifestyles and take this positive message into adulthood. That’s why we’ve created a ripple (not just raspberry) with our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ sessions which are fun and engaging and why we introduced the ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ to help teachers educate children using food  in a way that cuts across the curriculum.


Where opportunity arises, we bring live cooking and workshops to the classroom and sometimes, out of the classroom, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations. We love schools to join in our celebrations for Nutrition and Hydration Week, British Food Fortnight, and National School Meals Week as key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.


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Universal Free School Meals


ALL four to seven-year-olds in state-funded infant schools in England are entitled to a free hot meal at lunchtime every day.


Free meals are available at Portway Infant School to ALL children. The menu provided by HC3S has two choices each day (including a vegetarian option) and children choose and order their meal (red or green) with the teacher at morning registration. If your child is not having hot meals they can bring a lunchbox.

Pupil Premium Free School Meals

A child is eligible for free school meals if their parent or carer receives 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 (Parents who are made redundant or start working less than 16 hours per week, may find their children are entitled to free school meals for a limited period.)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • 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)


To check if your child is eligible for free school meals and to sign up if you are, is a really simple online process. Just go to and click on "I would like to check for free school meal eligibility". You will be asked to input your national insurance number and date of birth. This is an easy online service that will give you a quick answer to see if your child is eligible.