Hot meals are cooked on the premises, the children have a choice between a meat or vegetarian option and make their choice at registration time. This enables our cook to plan the quantities required more accurately and also ensure the pupils get a meal of their choice. Further details of the Hampshire Primary School Menus are available at

A free school meal will be provided for children in YR, 1 and 2 if you wish them to have one and they request one at registration time. 

Castle Hill Primary School has a NO DEBT policy relating to the school meals, meals must be paid online in advance. Please click on this link to be taken to the online payment system -> Tucasi Payment System.

The cost of school meals for Spring Term 2019 for pupils in KS2 is:

Cost per meal: £2.30

Weekly cost: £11.50

First half term: 30 days x £2.30 = £69.00

Second half term: 29 days x £2.30 = £66.70

Whole Term = £135.70

If your child is going to be late, e.g. because of a medical appointment and will miss the ordering of their meal, please give the office a call so we can give to the kitchen the correct meal choice. Meal orders close at 9.45 a.m.

As we are now a cashless school for school meals please make your payments online (using debit or credit card). Money should not be handed over to the Admin Team on the reception desk. Alternatively, children can bring a packed lunch to eat at lunch time. 

At playtime, the children are able to eat a healthy mid-morning snack. The Government provides funding for children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 to have a piece of fruit or vegetable daily. Parents of children in older year groups are asked to provide their child with a piece of fruit or vegetable from home each day. 

Food Allergies

If your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy and requires school meals you should request a form from the school office which will allow HC3S to prepare a special menu for them. Until such time as this has been done the kitchen is unable to supply a meal for your child. 


Please be aware that Castle Hill Primary School has a complete ban on any food products containing nuts. Unfortunately this includes sweets for birthdays which cannot be handed out in the classroom. We have children who will be seriously ill just by being in close proximity to anyone who has eaten nuts or nut products.  Please be considerate when sending in snacks or packed lunches that we are a no nut school.

Healthy Snacks/Lunch boxes

Just a reminder that we really want to promote healthy eating at school so ask that you send your child to school with a healthy snack for break times e.g. NO CHOCOLATE.

Please read Mrs Arnold's (Lunchtime Lead) message below for information and ideas:

"As you are all hopefully aware. Castle Hill Primary School is a 'nut free' school. We have a complete ban on any food products containing nuts. We have children who will be seriously ill just by being in close proximity to anyone who has eaten nuts or nut products. We as a school take children's allergies and dietary requirements very seriously.

In relation to this, I thought it might be useful to suggest a few lunch box ideas for a healthy nut free lunch. For example, an alternative to crisps could be popcorn or rice cakes, these can come in a variety of flavours. A substitute for sliced bread could be wraps, bagels or pitta bread. Again these come in a range of varieties.  Lunch box snacks could include raisins, fruit pots, yogurts, jelly pots, dairylea dunkers, malt loaf, tea cakes, vegetable sticks and dips...there are so many to list them all!

If you do have access to the internet then these two websites are fantastic for healthy lunch box suggestions. They include recipes and visual pictures as well as a huge range of ideas.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support with keeping Castle Hill Primary School both healthy and nut free."

Are you eligible for free school meals?

The Government is giving money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called a ‘Pupil Premium’.   For every child registered, Castle Hill Primary School receives funding which enables us to provide additional support and resources, for example, extra one-to-one tuition, new equipment and materials for pupils or provide extra classroom support. If you are registered for Free School Meals you could also get help with costs to support your child’s education and achievement. For example, the pupil premium can help fund the cost of school trips, extra-curricular activities and books.

Please register to make sure your child and others in their class and the school don’t miss out.  No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.


New guidance, which sets out the updated criteria used to determine which pupils are entitled to free school meals, will be available from 1 April 2018. This reflects the introduction of Universal Credit and the phasing out of other income-based benefits. The guidance includes information on how pupils currently claiming free school meals, or who will claim during Universal Credit roll-out, are affected.

The new guidance is available here.

School Meals