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School meals

Information about meals at our primary and secondary schools.

We are committed to providing healthy, nutritious, good value meal options to pupils in our primary and secondary schools.

All of our menus comply with the Scottish Government's and with .

Free School Meals Update

From January 2022, Primary1 - 5 pupils are entitled to a free school meal. Parents do not have to register for this; all pupils will receive this meal automatically.

If your child is in Primary 1-5 and attending Ulva Primary or Iona Primary, please contact the Head Teacher to discuss the local arrangements, as no lunch is currently provided.

Children attending an early year’s setting for 1140 hours of childcare may also be entitled to a free meal, please contact your child’s nursery or early years unit for information.

Primary school meals

Our Primary school lunch offer is a two course menu with a choice of main meal, and will be either a starter and a main course, or a main course and a dessert. The menu runs on a three week cycle.

The current cost for a Primary school meal is £2.30.

Where there is a choice, pupils can choose to have either a starter and main course or a main course and dessert. If the school is making any menu substitutions, they will let you know in advance wherever possible. A two course meal is £2.30. Water and milk are available as part of the 2 course meal for primary pupils.

You can have a look at our current primary school lunch menu here.

Secondary school meals

Across our Secondary schools, pupils can opt for a two course set meal, which costs £2.40. In addition to this, Secondary schools offer a range of hot and cold snacks and meal deals at lunch time. 

A selection of hot and cold items are also available at mid-morning interval.

School meals menu calendar

Our primary and secondary school meals menus run on a three-weekly cycle - you can check which week the menu is on by checking the School meals menu calendar:

The new menus for 2023 started on week 1 from 15th August 2023

Allergens and special dietary requirements

The allergy information for our Primary school menu is available by contacting catering@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

If your child has a food allergy, please contact the school office.

Where possible, other non-medical special diets may be accommodated and you should contact the school office in the first instance.

Free school meals

To find out if you qualify for free school meals, you can check the eligibility criteria on our website, or contact the relevant school (during term time). You can apply for free school meals using this .

Paying for school meals

School meals can be paid for by cash or cheque at most schools, and all schools now offer the option to pay online. Please contact the school office for further information. 

Pay for school meals online

Parents can add money to their child’s account by paying in cash, cheque or via the website

Staff training, standards and environmental health

All Catering staff receive regular training in food hygiene, and each staff member holds an Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate. Staff are also trained in nutrition and allergy awareness.

All of our kitchens follow and comply with Environmental Health guidance.

We operate our service to a high Quality Management standard, and the service holds ISO 9001:2015 certification.

Contact us

We always welcome comments on our menus, and on the service we provide. If you would like to get in touch with us, please complete the online form

Would you like your child to see a dietician? A team of professionals who specialise in helping people learn about food and health can be contacted at High-UHB.DietitiansDirect@nhs.scot

Work with us

If you are interested in working for the Catering Service, you can browse the vacant jobs currently available on the .

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