Hampshire County Council Catering Service

Primary schools

Working with schools to provide young learners with nutritious meals every day

Primary schools

HC3S - your school meal provider

HC3S is the catering partner chosen to provide nutritious and tasty meals in your child's school or nursery. We cater for many different tastes, serving a mix of British classics and foods from around the world. We know that a nutritious lunch full of fresh ingredients will help your child to succeed.

Our teams are passionate about making healthy eating fun. Year group assemblies, visits with suppliers and our ever-popular theme days are just a few of the ways that we can get involved.

By supporting the curriculum in this way, we encourage children to develop positive eating habits from an early age. These skills will serve them well on their journey through school and beyond.

Catering for residential trips

We deliver the catering for pupils on residential courses at Calshot Activities Centre, Runways End Outdoors Centre and Tile Barn Outdoors Centre. We can provide seated dining, lunchboxes and a range of tasty snacks. Here is some feedback from one of our many happy campers:

"Before I left for Calshot I was worried about leaving my family but your food was so nice it made me feel I didn’t need to worry."

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Looking for a provider?

We offer a complete catering service, providing food for primary schools with and without kitchen facilities. Our teams love baking bread and always freshly cook our school meals without reheating them.

For schools without kitchens who are looking to offer a hot meal delivery service, we are experienced in ensuring pupils have the same excellent experience that we provide in schools with kitchens.


HC3S can provide much more than just school lunches – just let us know what you need and when you need it. Sandwiches for a governors’ meeting, packed lunches for an inset day or canapes for a parent-teacher night are just some of the requests we can accept.

Press the button below to take a look at our hospitality pages. To make a booking, please speak to your school’s unit manager. Alternatively, you can contact the HC3S offices directly.

HC3S hospitality



We are happy with the quality of food and the increased numbers of children choosing hot dinners. The staff work really hard and have a lovely relationship with the children. They work very well together.
Amanda Webb, Head Teacher, Talavera Junior School
As a school we feel the kitchen staff deliver a great service to our staff and pupils. They treat the children really well, such as reminding them of the hot service counter and encouraging them to have healthy choices of vegetables. Kitchen staff are also flexible in the odd slip up of missed orders or lost tokens and try their best to do whatever they can.
Natasha Brock, Head of School, Alderwood School
Mudeford Junior School is committed to providing a hot, healthy lunch option to our children. HCS3 has been an ideal partner as they ensure that meals meet all the necessary requirements. The high standards of food preparation, delivery and variety of meal offered has meant that the take up for school lunches is continually growing in number.
Mark Partridge, Head Teacher, Mudeford Juniors