School meals are cooked on the premises by the school’s caterers HC3S. Children are offered a wide, varied menu including daily fresh fruit and vegetables.

HC3S ethos is about food to help your children flourish, by providing nutritious food, cooked fresh every day in our kitchens and which is responsibly sourced, giving your children a balanced diet with healthy food choices that aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus, learn and play.

All our meat is British, fish is from sustainable sources and as much food as possible, is locally sourced. We bake our own bread too.

Menus and special diets

Our two-course ‘classics’ menu lunch consists of a protein rich main course, vitamin-packed vegetables along with rice, pasta dishes or potatoes to give your child energy to keep them alert all afternoon. We offer a choice of homemade bread and fresh fruit with every meal to top up those growing bodies. Children can choose from a choice of meat/fish or vegetarian main meal each day plus a dessert. In addition, your child can also choose from a wide choice of unlimited salad from the salad bar.

Alver Valley Schools has also chosen to offer our jacket potato menu, All options represent good value for money and remember children in year 1 and 2 receive universal free school meals regardless of income. Income related free school meal details are also available for all year groups if you meet qualifying eligibility. Free school meals | Hampshire County Council (  Visit our website for our easy guide on how to apply for a medically registered special diet if your child needs one. We specialise in special diets so you can be rest assured that your child will have a diet catered to meet their needs and you can have peace of mind.

School meals are free for children in year R, 1 and 2.  In year 3-6 meals school meals are purchased. The most convenient way to pay for school meals is via our online payment system Scopay.   All parents are issued with login details.  Alternatively you can pay the school office directly.  All dinners must be paid in advance.   Alternatively children may bring in their own packed lunch.
Please click on the Scopay logo to visit their login page.

Theme Day Events and Campaigns

Our theme days and healthy eating campaigns are really popular in our schools and a great way to encourage your children to try new food so look out for these throughout the year. From World Book Day to the national Eat Them to Defeat Them schools programme that we support, they are fun and friendly and celebrate an enjoyment of flavours. They will be advertised in advance through the school or on our Facebook page (@hc3seducation).

You can find our current menu on our Facebook page at 3 pm for the following day’s menu (5 pm on Sunday) or online, with our core theme day information and more about our food on our website at

Getting in touch

You may also meet us at parents’ evenings, a food assembly or a cooking or healthy eating demonstration. We work with teachers to help provide healthy eating events and activities.

We value your feedback and would love you to follow us and post a review on our Facebook page. Alternatively, you can use our form from this link: Get in touch | Hampshire County Council ( Please also follow us on Twitter @hc3s6.