From September 2021, meals for children at Hook Junior School will be provided by Pabulum.

An introduction from Pabulum

We are really looking forward to preparing our delicious school meals for your children in September and introducing the full Pabulum Dining Experience. We recognise the importance of serving healthy, varied and nutritious dishes for all children.

By encouraging healthy eating in our schools, we aim to help them focus on their learning and grow in confidence – and by creating a positive dining room experience, we ensure lunch becomes another enjoyable and engaging part of their day.

The Pabulum Dining Experience focuses on creating a social, family experience at lunchtimes promoting interaction between the children. Our food choices promote healthy eating and encourage the children to experience a wide range of tastes and flavours. We firmly believe that children are more likely to eat what they themselves have chosen.

The Pabulum Dining Experience focuses on creating a social, family experience at lunchtimes promoting interaction between the children. Our food choices promote healthy eating and encourage the children to experience a wide range of tastes and flavours. We firmly believe that children are more likely to eat what they themselves have chosen.

To accompany their preferred dish, we bake plain wholemeal bread on site every day, and also provide a range of flavoured breads that change each week. For dessert, children can enjoy freshly cut seasonal fruit, homemade yoghurt, and a seasonal pudding.

Meal Cost and Payment

School meals in Hampshire cost £2.50 each.

There is no requirement for you to pre-book school meals. Children are invited each day to have a school lunch.

Please remember that the school does not offer a credit facility for school meals and we expect meals to be paid for in advance.

Outstanding meal debts will be dealt with initially by the school and those outstanding for a long period and / or of a significant amount will be referred to Hampshire County Council Debt Collection Services.

When the level of debt associated with a child reaches £20, they will no longer be permitted to have a school meal. When this is the case, the parent/ carer must provide a packed lunch for the child each day. In the event that a packed lunch is not provided, the debt will need to be cleared before the child is permitted to take a school meal.

If you are having trouble paying for school lunches, please check whether you qualify for free school meals and speak to the office about a payment plan to reducing your outstanding debt.

Meals and Menu

Hook Junior School is recognised as a Healthy School having received the award in 2006. Health and healthy lifestyles is promoted throughout the curriculum and through the care and guidance given to pupils. Pupils are encouraged to take healthy choices in the way they live their lives and school policies aim to promote this in all areas of school life.

School meals follow a set menu on a three week cycle throughout the school year. A menu covering all three weeks can be downloaded . We send a printed copy of the menu home with year 3 children in September. Children who will be in year 4, 5 and 6 in September all received a printed copy in July. If you would like a printed copy, please request this by emailing the school office and we will send one home with your child.

Free School Meals

Some children may be eligible for free school meals; the criteria for eligibility includes being in receipt of specific benefits or support arrangements. You can check whether your child is eligible by completing an eligibility check via the Hampshire County Council website.