School meals

After the Easter holidays 2021, Highland Council Schools will follow the new school food guidelines set by the Scottish Government to come into effect form 8 April 2021. A summary of these can be viewed in the school menus section. The Highland Council Catering service have been working towards these for some time so there will be little noticeable difference in provision. Secondary school meals provision will be brought into line with the updated Scottish Dietary Goals from the start of term which has been the driving force behind these legislative changes.

Meals will continue to be served in compliance with the current Scottish Government COVID-19 guidance.

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Free school meals for Primary 1 to 3

Our catering service is proud to provide good value meals using quality ingredients carefully sourced. The following regularly appear on our menus:

  • Beef, pork, lamb and venison from John M Munro, Highland Butcher
  • Highland free range eggs
  • Local fruit and vegetables from Swansons Fruit Company, Inverness

We currently serve 18,000 lunches per day in 173 primary and 29 secondary schools. We update our menus every 6 months and consult with pupils and staff to improve the food choices and recipes. The menus offer a choice of freshly cooked, nutritionally balanced meals and include favourites such as macaroni cheese, fish and chips, chicken korma and healthy home baking.

School meals for Primary 4 to 7 are £2.30 and Secondary meals are £2.55.

We offer seasonal meals where over 75 per cent of the menu is freshly prepared with ingredients that are GM free, with no undesirable E numbers or hydrogenated fats.

All our primary schools have been awarded the bronze with five awarded the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark from the Soil Association.

School menus

Apply for free school meals

Special diets and nutrition

If your child needs a special diet for school meals, please read our Special Diet Process for Parents, Special Diet Privacy Notice and Special Diet Guidance. Then complete and return a Special Diet Request Form.

Further information on child health and nutrition.