Holy Cross Primary


The school operates a Cash Cafeteria system, whereby children are able to purchase a two-course meal or select from a variety of packed lunches comprising sandwiches, fruit, yoghurt, low-fat crisps and fresh juice.  A price list is available from the school office and any changes will be notified well in advance. 

The menu choice runs in a four-weekly cycle and parents are issued with a brochure at the beginning of each new session and at other times when the menu changes.  Parents of our younger children should discuss with them each evening what they should select the next day.  Our Cafeteria Staff will try to ensure that each pupil selects a well-balanced meal.

Primary 1 – Primary 4 pupils enter the cafeteria at 12.00pm each day, with classes P5 – P7 following on at 12.15pm.  Provision is made for the consumption of packed lunches on the premises, although parents are encouraged to make full use of the excellent menus and special diets on offer.

Before the end of the previous session, the parents of our new Primary One pupils are invited to come along and have lunch with their children.  In this way they will see for themselves the high standard and excellent quality of food provided.

All P1-3 pupils are entitled to a free school meal.


The availability of special diets:

Diets required as a result of a medical condition (a medically prescribed diet e.g. coelic disease, diabetes, food allergy or intolerance) can be provided in school.

A medically prescribed diet form must be completed by the child’s Registered Dietician or General Practitioner.  Procedures and forms can be accessed from the child’s school or dietician, or from North Lanarkshire’s Catering Service.

Occasionally, parents or carers may be asked to supply prescription foods or attend a meeting to discuss the child’s dietary requirements.

Some children with additional support needs may require food to be adapted to an appropriate texture and consistency.  In this instance, the child’s Registered Dietician or Speech and Language Therapist will liaise with the head teacher and school catering service to ensure appropriate food provision.

Special diets required for ethical, religious or cultural reasons should be requested in writing to the Head Teacher, who will liaise with the school catering service.

Arrangements are made in school for those children who prefer to bring their own packed lunch to school.  Supervision of children who prefer to bring their own packed lunches is similar to that offered to those children who purchase meals on the premises.

Nursery children are provided with snacks over the course of their morning or afternoon nursery experience.  Those children who attend for a full day require to have a packed lunch provided by parents and this is supervised by nursery staff.

Children of parents receiving Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based), Employment & Support Allowance (income related) are entitled to a meal without charge.

Information and application forms for free school lunches may be obtained from schools, area registration offices, first stop shops and Municipal Buildings, Coatbridge.

Parents are entitled to receive a clothing grant if they are in receipt of any of the following benefits:  Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based).  Employment & Support Allowance (income related), housing benefit, council tax rebate.

Only those children who receive a free school meal are entitled to free milk.  Milk may, however, be purchased in the school during the morning and lunch breaks.

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