Back to school

Highland Horizons - Back to school

For the latest information, guidance and advice:


A big thank you from The Highland Council

A letter has been sent to our pupils, their parents and carers, and our staff from the Chair of our Education Commitee and our Executive Chief Officer for Education and Learning to say a big well done and thank you before schools finish for the Summer holidays. 


Covid testing in schools

The Highland Council and schools will start routinely to offer at-home testing using lateral flow devices to:

  • All primary, secondary and special school staff;
  • All ELC and childcare staff based in our schools; and
  • All senior phase pupils attending school.

Letters to parents and staff have been distributed to schools on testing. 

More information on Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing can be found on Parent Club Scotland's website.


New School Menus

The new look Spring/Summer 2021 Secondary School’s menu reflects changes in the school food regulations set by the Scottish Government.  This means increased availability of fresh fruit & vegetables and an increased fibre content within our menus. There is also a decrease in the sugar content in food & drinks and a considerable reduction in red meat provision particularly red processed meats. Items such as bacon, sausages, beef burgers and ham will  be offered less frequently and the range of drinks on offer contain no sugar. The new school food regulations in secondary schools is summarised here.

The new menu can be found here.


Welfare help

For advice and support if you need any welfare help and to apply for a Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant, please contact the Welfare Support Team on 0800 090 1004.

Find out more information about this grant.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it's important to have the right information. Getting news from unreliable sources can make you feel more upset and anxious, which is unhelpful when it comes to mental wellbeing. Visit for the most up-to-date and reliable information.

We have also partnered with Tree of Knowledge to provide mental health and wellbeing support to all pupils and staff across all 200 schools in Highland, through remote learning and beyond. All primary and secondary schools in Highlands have access to Treehouse; a groundbreaking online learning platform, for use at home or in classrooms, which addresses the challenges of the pandemic and develops positive mental health. 


Further updates

Thank you very much for your support and patience. Please do not hesitate to make contact with your own school for further clarification.

See our resources page for further support and information.