Canteen and Cafe

Highland Council provide information about our Cashless Catering/Online Payments System.

An application form for Free School Meals and assistance with school dress code items can be downloaded HERE.

We have a relaxed and informal atmosphere in both our canteen and cafe where pupils can sit with their friends, whether they be having a full meal, a snack or indeed a packed lunch. We believe that meal times should be a social time where pupils can get together to relax and enjoy their food in each others company.

PrintCharleston Academy is working towards achieving full accreditation from the Soil Association for Food for Life Catering. This means we offer delicious, healthy, climate-friendly menus that meet the following criteria:

  • over 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
  • free range eggs
  • farm assured meat
  • seasonal menus
  • nutrition training for all cooks
  • no hydrogenated fats
  • no GM products

All food and drink served in our canteen and cafe fully meets the requirements of the Schools, Scotland (Health Promotion & Nutrition) Act 2007. Our catering service is proud to provide good value meals using quality ingredients carefully sourced.  The following regularly appear on our menus:

  • Beef, pork, lamb and venison from John M Munro, Highland Butcher
  • Highland free range eggs
  • Local fruit and vegetables from Swansons Fruit Company, Inverness

Nearly 600 pupils use our canteen and cafe each day. The menus offer a choice of freshly cooked, nutritionally balanced meals and include favourites such as macaroni cheese, fish and chips, chicken korma and healthy home baking. We offer seasonal meals where over 75 per cent of the menu is freshly prepared with ingredients that are GM free, with no undesirable E numbers or hydrogenated fats.

Catering Service Documents & Forms

Special diets advice can be found at:

Better Eating Better Learning
Better Eating Better Learning
School Food Nutrition and Health Policy
 Food, Nutrition & Health Policy
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