Paying for School Meals

The Highland Councils Catering Service is committed to continually improving service delivery of school catering to all pupils.  Our aim is to make sure that all parents are afforded every opportunity to ensure that their child is eating a nutritional and well balanced meal at school.  With this in mind the Catering Service has introduced alternative payment systems to increase anonymity for those receiving free school meals, to improve queuing and service as well as making it easier for you to pay. 

Online payments

The facility to pay online is now available for schools operating the Cashless Catering system. Schools operating a Cashless Catering system will inform parents/carers as and when the facility to pay online becomes available.

Using Smart Cards to Pay for School Meals

Smart Card is a card based system that runs alongside the traditional cash-paying system.  For those schools using the Smart Card system pupils can choose to pay for meals using cash or their pre-loaded Smart Card.  A list of schools operating the Smart Card payment option can be found below.

Introducing Cashless Catering

As part of the Highland Councils on-going commitment to improving the quality of its School Meal service, the Catering Service has embarked on a rollout Programme to introduce a new cashless system for the payment of school meals in all secondary schools.   A unique meal account is set up for each pupil which can be accessed/topped up using the their National Entitlement Card (Young Scot Card) or by PIN.  More information on National Entitlement Cards can be found on the Young Scot Site.


Further Information

Please contact the school direct should you require any further information about the payment system used in your childs school. 

Any general enquiries with regards to paying for school meals can be directed to the Catering Services Office.

Contact details 


Tel:  01463 663340