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Eat better - do better!

Eating healthier food gives you loads more energy to do the things you love for longer, like playing games with your friends. Healthy food can also help you at school as you are less likely to get tired easily and it can also improve your mood and put a smile on your face if you are feeling a bit down. If you are into sports and fancy being an up and coming star, learning which foods are good for building energy or strength is important so the earlier you can learn the basics the better.

The Accord Card is used by pupils at all of Aberdeen City Council's primary and secondary schools to pay for healthy and tasty meals and snacks. Topping up your Accord Card couldn't be easier, just ask your parents/guardian to top-up online . This method is safe, secure and convenient and means that you no longer need to take money to school.

Top ups are accepted to a maximum of £40 at any given time and the amount topped up is credited to your Accord Card when you use it in the dining room at your school or the school office. Please allow up to 48 hours for the payment to be processed.

Alternatively primary school pupils can take money to school and the catering team will load it to your Accord Card. Secondary school pupils can take money to school and load your Accord Card at one of the load terminal at your school or take a cheque to the Accord Administrator at your school. If you use a cheque please ask your parents/guardian to make the cheque payable to 'Aberdeen City Council'!

Free Food?

Did you know that you could qualify for free school meals? You may be entitled to free school meals if you or your parents/guardian receives one or more of the following:

  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not working Tax Credit and your parents/guardians income is less than £15,860
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your parents/guardians income is under £6,420
  • Asylum Seeker support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Seeker Act 1999

 The HM Revenues and Customs web site provides further information on Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Application forms for free School Meals are available at the school office. Once your entitlement for free School Meals is verified, £2.25 will automatically be loaded to your Accord Card each day so you can pay for your breakfast, lunch or snack. The process is totally confidential and nobody can tell by looking at your Accord Card that you receive free school meals.

How to get an Accord Card?

Pupils attending any of the feeder primary schools to Aberdeen City Council secondary schools will receive an Accord Card application pack during the third term of year 7.

Any pupils joining on of Aberdeen City Councils secondary schools from out with Aberdeen City can obtain an Accord Card application form from the school office.   

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