Lunches should be ordered termly or weekly, using ParentPay.

We are delighted to provide nutritious schools meals for our children at Ratho Primary School. These are made onsite in our newly installed school kitchen.

Children may be entitled to free school meals and milk if their parents are in receipt of income support, jobseekers allowance or child tax credit.  Further information and an application form can be obtained from the school office or you can make enquiries on 0131 469 3021.  Milk can also be purchased termly or yearly.  Letters asking for milk money are issued at the start of each term.   Packed lunches only are served on Fridays.  The menu has been prepared in line with the Scottish Executive’s Hungry for Success campaign.  

Full details of the Primary school lunch menus, Christmas Menus and nutrition and allergen information can be found here.

We encourage children to drink water during the day and we ask you to provide them with a water bottle. We politely ask that water bottles are for water only and not squash or fizzy drinks, this is so we can encourage the children to have healthy habits, we also ask that the drink you provide for lunch or snack is not fizzy.

Children are permitted to go home for their lunch at parents and carer’s request.  Please let the school office know if you would like your child to go home for lunch.  We cannot accept this ‘message’ from the pupils for safety reasons.

Universal Free School Meals

The Scottish Government funds universal free school meals for all children in primary 1 to 5. 

However, this does not automatically entitle you to receive the meal payments during holidays, free milk, clothing grant or child bridging payment.

Please take a minute to look at the income-based eligibility criteria listed below.  If you meet any of the requirements we would highly recommend you apply using the link below:

Eligibility for free school lunches and clothing grants

Your child can get free lunches in school if you get:

·         Universal Credit (where your monthly earned income is not more than £625)

·         Income Support

·         income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

·         income-based Employment and Support Allowance

·         support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Your child is also entitled to free school lunches if you get:

·         Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105

·         both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and have an income of up to £7,500

If you require any help in completing the forms please contact the school office who will be happy to assist.