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School Meals

The school meal service offers nutritionally balanced, well presented food in an environment that is safe, well ordered and sensitive to the needs of pupils in order that they may enjoy the lunchtime social experience.

All food and drinks served meet the requirements of the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Act 2007

You can view the current school meal online at http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/9/school_meals

Pupils in Tain Royal Academy also have the facility to Pre-Order their lunch.  They can access the system between 8.30am to 11am, choosing from Sandwiches, Baguettes, Filled Rolls, Soup and Baked Potatoes.  Their order is prepared for them, ready to collect at 1.20pm, without having to queue. 

On Fridays the canteen offer a range of items for Grab & Go lunch at 12.55pm. 


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 http://www.youngscot.org/

Pupils no longer pay cash for their meals at the point of sale, they will be able to add money to their meal accounts via revaluation units sited in convenient areas of the school.  The cashless system for school meals helps reduce queuing, provides anonymity for those receiving free school meals and improves the overall quality of the school meal experience.  

At the revaluation unit, pupils are able to deposit cash or check their meal account balance using a PIN or their Young Scot Card.  The machine takes notes, £2, £1, 50p, 20p & 10p coins, it does not give change


Paying Online

You can now pay for your child's school meals online through the Council's website. Simply visit the Highland Council Website, click on the 'PAY' icon on the home page and follow the payment instructions on screen.  

In order to make an online payument for school meals you will need to have your child's Scottish Candidate Number (SCN).  

For more information please visit The Highland Council Website: http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/878/schools/9/school_meals/2


Free School Meals and Clothing Grants

Free school meals and assistance with school clothing can be claimed if you are receiving any one of the following:

  • If families currently receive Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction and any of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Universal Credit

Apply online for Free School Meals & Assistance with Clothing 

For parent enquiries, advice about who is entitled to free school meals and clothing grants, or to request a paper form, please contact the Operations Team, Nairn on 01463 703645.

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