Telephone: 01202 876 556
Ferndown Middle School
Peter Grant Way Ferndown Dorset BH22 9UP

School Meals

Our school caterers are award-winning caterers, managed by Hampshire County Council Education Catering, formerly known as HC3S. Visit the pages on their website for their menus and other information. News | Hampshire County Council (

Hampshire County Council Education Catering 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.

Lunch is served from 12.15pm with a three week rolling menu which offers an extensive choice of well-balanced home cooked meals suiting all tastes.  A different hot lunch special and vegetarian choice is available daily. For more details download the current menu.

Special Diets

Hampshire County Council Education Catering can provide special diets for pupils with allergies and intolerances who want to have a school meal.

Applying for a special diet is quick and easy to complete. You will need to create an account and submit your medical evidence. It only takes minutes and once you’ve registered, you can see your child(ren)’s individual menu and update medical evidence details whenever you need to.

Further details can be found on the Hampshire County Council Education Cateringwebsite:

If you have any questions or have any difficulty in uploading the medical evidence, you can call their team on 023 8062 9388 or email and one of their team will be happy to help you during office hours.


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Free School Meals

If your child qualifies for free school meals, not only will they receive a healthy meal on every school day, they’ll also get,

  • access to free holiday clubs
  • extra money for their school towards more teachers and activities

It’s easy to find out if you qualify – complete our confidential checker at or telephone 01305 221090.

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