School meals: cashless catering

The Accord Card is used by pupils at all of Aberdeen City Council's 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 you can take money to school and load your Accord Card at one of the load terminals 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 school meals

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 website provides further information on Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

Get an application form for free school meals or pick one up from 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 Primary 7.

Any pupils joining one of Aberdeen City Council's secondary schools from outwith Aberdeen City can get an Accord Card application form from the school office.

Balance alerts

Parents and carers can now receive balance alerts for their child's Accord Card. Find out more about balance alerts or sign up online.

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