Schools - catering
A meal service is provided by West Lothian Council's Facilities Management Services to 79 schools throughout West Lothian, accounting for a total of 1.8 million meals each year.
Primary schools either have an onsite kitchen producing meals, or are deemed dining centres where meals are transported in from a production unit.
Secondary schools and community high schools all have production units and provide a cash cafeteria-type service for pupils and staff. A morning break service, selling a limited range of filled rolls and hot drinks, and a lunchtime service are offered. All school meals take account of seasonal variations as well as dietary and religious requirements.
The Nutrition Act for food and drink in schools
The above act has been rolled out in partnership with Education Services following the ethos of the whole school approach.
· Positive School/Whole child ethos
· Partnership Working
· Pupil Consultation
· Eliminating Stigma
· Managing the Process
· Influencing Choice
· Incentives to improve update of school lunches
For further information on the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulation 2008, please view the link to the Scottish Government website - see link on the right.
Primary School Menus
The primary school menus are changed twice per year, new menus being introduced after the October and Easter Breaks. Tasting sessions are held to evaluate new dishes before they are included in the menu cycles. The latest menu can be viewed under 'Online Tools' on the right.
School Meal Price
Academic Year 2012/2013
Primary = £1.75, Secondary = £1.85
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes, all schools offer food at lunchtimes. The style and type of provision may vary according to the school and the length of the school lunchbreak.
Primary school meals currently cost 1.60 and Secondary school meals cost 1.70
Please tell the Head Teacher of your child's school of any special dietary requirements, and the school will advise catering staff.
If your child has school meals, s/her is receiving a nutritional daily meal, which saves you having to prepare a packed lunch or arrange for them to come home at lunchtime. It is also an opportunity for your child to develop social skills as s/he sits with other children to eat lunch.
Pupils in Primary schools are offered a two course meal with a choice of main course, supplemented by salads and bread, and which meet the new Scottish Nutrient Guidelines for School Meals.
Secondary schools operate a cafeteria style service with healthy choices being made available.
Healthy eating, vegetarian multi-cultural and special dietary items are included in menu plans. If you have any specific concerns or requests, please contact the Head Teacher of your child's school.