School Meals


What’s in our school lunches?

We use local produce where we can. Meals are freshly prepared, with seasonal ingredients:

  • eggs from cage-free hens
  • meat from animals farmed to British Welfare Standards
  • fish from sustainable sources

Menus are free from GM ingredients and undesirable additives, with at least 15% organic ingredients, including vegetables, dry goods and milk.

What’s for lunch?

At our primary schools

3 menus are rotated on a weekly basis.

All options are £2.05 and include a main meal, or a snack meal (baked potato or sandwich), with either a starter or a sweet. Snack meals include a piece of fresh fruit and both meals include a drink.

Seasonal vegetables, salad bowls, potatoes, fresh fruit, yoghurts, home baking and free bread are available daily


Cashless catering

We operate a cashless catering system in Whitehirst Park Primary.

Parent Pay

Allows you to:

  • pay for school meals online
  • see what meals your child has been buying
  • check your balance
  • top up at your convenience.

Parent Pay

If online payment is not a suitable option for you, we can issue a PayPoint card that you can top up at local outlets. To request a PayPoint card, telephone 01294 324759.

Free School Meals

Educational grants: footwear, clothing and free school meals

We provide free school meals and £100 (per child) worth of school footwear and clothing to children whose parents are on certain benefits.

If your child is in Primary 1, 2 or 3 you will automatically receive free school meals. Parents of children entering Primary 4 and up must apply.

Can I get help with these costs?

We may be able to help you with these school costs if your child attends primary or secondary school and you receive 1 of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit only (with income under £16,105)
  • maximum Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (with an income under £6,420)
  • Working Tax Credit with income under £16,105 (clothing grant only)
  • Council Tax Reduction/Housing Benefit (clothing grant only)
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610.

Ask in school for help or visit the North Ayrshire Website:

Footwear, Clothing and Free School Meals Information