Making school food healthier : More fruit and vegetables, less processed red meat and sugar on the menu.

The Scottish Government and all local authorities are jointly committed to providing the healthiest food to children and young people. This commitment is underpinned by a duty to provide school meals that meet strict nutritional requirements, including encouraging the use of fresh, local and sustainable produce

School food regulations will be amended to ensure:

  • a minimum of two full portions of vegetables and a full portion of fruit are offered as part of a school lunch, with full portions of fruit and or vegetables also available in, for example, tuck shops
  • a minimum weekly amount in the school menu of red and processed red meat provision –  such as bacon, ham and pepperoni

For Primary schools – Ensure no more than 175g of red and red processed meat can be provided over the course of the school week, of which no more than 100g should be red processed meat. All of the 175g amount can be used for unprocessed freshly prepared red meat.

This is a new standard and is based on the Scottish Dietary Goal for red and processed meat which is supported by scientific evidence based dietary recommendations to limit intakes of these foods to 70g per day with the purpose of protecting the health of children and young people. Therefore if a child is to have processed meat in their diet this can be managed at home by parents/carers.

Dietary advice highlights red meat as a major source of iron and zinc which can contribute to meeting the recommended nutrient intakes for primary school lunches removal of fruit juice and smoothies from primary and secondary schools to help reduce sugar intake.

The measures follow extensive consultation and advice from a working group comprising health, nutrition and education experts.

  •  Currently all East Renfrewshire school meals are nutritionally analysed and comply with the existing regulations laid down by the Scottish Government.
  •  All medically prescribed diets will be accommodated on receipt of an Acute Services Division referral form from a hospital dietician or a Doctor’s letter detailing dietary requirements.

MAY DAY HOLIDAY 2020 – Change of date

As you may be aware, the UK government has recently announced a change to the date of the Early May Bank Holiday 2020.

The first May Bank Holiday has been moved from its usual first Monday in May ie 4 May 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020 to coincide with celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day (See ).

East Renfrewshire Council’s Education Department have made the decision  to change the In-Service day for May as follows;

Monday 4 May 2020               Open to pupils

Tuesday 5 May 2020              Open to pupils

Wednesday 6 May 2020         Open to pupils

Thursday 7 May 2020             In-service – staff only

Friday 8 May 2020                  Public Holiday – School closed


Additional in-service day granted by the Scottish Government in May will be Tuesday 26 May 2020

Free Swimming Lessons at the Foundry

Dear Parent / Carer,

Swimming Development Programme: Free Taster Swimming Lessons

East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Swimming Development are looking for children again to come along to FREE Lessons.

Our existing swimming teachers are upskilling to a higher level of qualification run by the National Governing Body Scottish Swimming. If you are interested in bringing your children along to our free taster swimming lessons at Barrhead Foundry, please see dates and times.

Dates are as follows:- 15, 16, 22, 23 July,                 5 & 6 August.Times as follows:- 11.30 – 12.00, 12.00-12.30, 12.30 -1.00 or 1.00 – 1.30. Please choose which time slots you would like your child to attend.You can either contact Barrhead Foundry direct or pop into the centre and put their name down on the list.

We look forward to welcoming your children to these FREE taster lessons and we would also like to inform you that if your child enjoys these lessons, then please feel free to sign up for lessons in our Learn to Swim Programme

If you would like to take advantage of any of these lessons, please follow this link, – which will take you directly to the application on our website.

Yours Sincerely,

Swim Development Team

Parental Involvement and Engagement Census

East Renfrewshire Council and its educational establishments undertake regular periodic surveys of parents and carers.  Such surveys support school and local authority improvement planning and provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts on current and future involvement and engagement with schools.

Similar practice is undertaken by all local authorities in Scotland and educational establishments under their control.  In order to rationalise this approach to surveying parents/carers and in order to allow comparable consistent data to be collected nationally, which will assist in evaluating the impact of interventions and programmes and support future policy development, every parent/carer of a school pupil in Scotland is being invited to take part in the national Parental Involvement and Engagement Census pilot.

Only one parent/carer per child will receive an email which will include a link to the survey and it is only necessary to complete the survey once per family, per school.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete and will remain open until 27 June 2019.

The data gathered will be used for statistical and research purposes and will provide East Renfrewshire Council and its schools with information to help:

  • plan, monitor and deliver better policies for the benefit of all,
  • identify and share best practice,
  • better understand some of the factors which influence parental involvement and engagement with our schools,
  • further enhance positive relationships with parents to secure positive outcomes for our children.

The information collected will also be securely shared with the Scottish Government to assist in evaluating the impact of national interventions and programmes and to support future policy development at a national level.

Further information on the collection and how the Education Department and Scottish Government will process the data collected is provided in the Council’s privacy statement and Scottish Government website:

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Education Department:

Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
East Renfrewshire
G46 6UG

0141 577 3229

Thank you for taking part in this survey collection.

Primary 4-7 Beach Trip – change of location

Dear Parents we have had to change the location of the trips from Lunderston Bay to Ayr.  The following link will give you a copy of the letter that will be in school bags for Primaries 5 to 7 tomorrow.  The letters are in bags today for Primaries 1 to 4.

Please ensure that you check the details on the paper copy of the letter as this will let you know the number of places we have reserved for you.  if you no longer require the places or your child will not be in school that day please let us know as soon as possible.

Beach trip Ayr



Spring Holiday Programme: April 2019

In partnership with the Education Department, ERCL will be offering a range of spring holiday activities for all children across East Renfrewshire. All children get the opportunity to participate in a number of sports and fun activities throughout their holidays. However, our priority remains the Holiday Hunger programmes at Barrhead High and Eastwood High Schools and a substantial amount of funding goes into this vital offering to provide a meal and activities free of charge to qualifying families.

If you are in receipt of council tax or housing benefits you may be able to get a FREE place on the holiday programme. The children will have a great experience and it is something fun and active for them to participate in over the holidays.

Code:         Week 1:        Monday 1st Apr – Friday 5th April

MAP 01         Multi-Activity Camp (5- 12yrs) – Barrhead High, 10.00am – 3.00pm

MSC 01         Multi-Sport Camp (5 – 12yrs) – Eastwood High, 10.00am – 3.00pm

Code:           Week 2:        Monday 8th Apr – Friday 12th April

MAP 02        Multi-Activity Camp (5- 12yrs) – Barrhead High, 10.00am – 3.00pm

A10              Athletics Camp (5 – 12yrs) – Eastwood High, 10.00am – 3.00pm

If you are interested in securing a FREE space for your son/daughter then you can book online at or you can call 0141 577 3008.





Gary McGunnigle


Gary McGunnigle

Team Leader (Acting) – Active Schools

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Read, Write, Count Primary 2 and 3 bags

In November Primaries 2 and 3  received their read, write count bags. we invited parents to attend sessions with Mrs Craig,  Mrs Stevenson, their child and class teachers.



Please let us know what you thought by filling out the Parent survey:

The prize draw for parents is a personal Read Write Count GOODIE BAG filled with books, games and activities for all the family to enjoy.

The deadline to complete this is Monday 4 March 2019.

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