The Accord Card, Aberdeen City Council's smartcard, not only provides concessionary Travel to anyone aged 60 and over and many disabled people, it also gives secondary school pupils access to Cashless Catering at all of Aberdeen City Council's secondary schools and can be used as your library membership card across all of the City's libraries.
Whether you are 18 and want to buy a drink at a pub or you are 15 and want to buy tickets at a cinema, you may find the Accord Card useful as Proof of Age without having to carry your passport or driving licence around. Sport Aberdeen members will appreciate the Accord Card as their Sport Aberdeen Membership card and many young people already make good use of the Young Scot information portal. Depending on your circumstances, you may also qualify for Access to Leisure. That could be anything from FREE swimming to DISCOUNTS on sporting and leisure activities to HALF PRICE childcare! Visit the Access to Leisure to find out more.
What's more, the Accord Card is FREE and Aberdeen City residents can also get up to 50% discount on many things from leisure, sport to audio visual lending at libraries across the City.
Moving up to secondary school
As your child is moving up to secondary school this summer, (s)he will need an Accord/National Entitlement Card (Accord Card) to pay for school meals/snacks at the secondary school. If your child is entitled to a school catering allowance (free school meal) this allowance will be held on the Accord Card too.
You should have received a letter from us with login details unique to your child. Please have this letter handy as you will need the APP ID and Passcode printed on the letter to complete the online application for your child. Simply visit the Accord Card Application for Primary7 pupils website to start the application process and follow the information provided online.
If you are unable to apply online please complete the application form on the back of your letter and return in the envelope provided.
To find out more about the Primary7 online application visit our FAQ's - Accord Card Application for Primary 7 Pupils page. For any questions regarding Data Protection and the Terms & Conditions of the Accord Card please visit our Terms & Conditions page.
Free school meals for all Primary 1 to Primary 3 pupils
The Scottish Government has decided that from January 2015 all primary one to primary three pupils will have the option to take a free school meal every day. The information below intends to give parents/carers details on how Aberdeen City Council will provide free school meals to all primary one to primary three pupils at its primary schools.
How does my child receive free school meals?
Airyhall Primary School and Tullos Primary School
Since both schools already use the new Primary School Meal system, your child can simply chose a meal every day and no charge is made for it from your child's account. This will continue until the end of primary three. From primary four onwards you will need to ensure that your child's account is being topped up online. Any money remaining in your child's account at the end of December 2014 can remain in the account until your child is in primary four. If you would prefer a refund of the existing please email the Accord Office with your child's name and the 16 digit Kidz Card number. We will also remove balance alerts for your child's account ensuring that you will not receive any balance alerts until primary four.
All other Primary Schools
At all other primary schools in Aberdeen City, plastic cards will replace the current paper tickets for pupils in primary one to primary three. If your child would like to take a free school meal, s/he will be issued with a plastic card in the classroom and this card can be exchanged for a free school meal in the dining room.
If you have been left with surplus paper tickets at the end of December 2014, you can request a refund by writing to:
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 10, 2nd Floor South
With your letter will need to enclose the lunch tickets you would like a refund for as well as including the following information:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your child's name and the name of your child's school
- The number of tickets you wish to request a refund for
- Your bank account number and sort code (this is the approved method of processing refunds)
- An e-mail address for return remittance advice
Alternatively, you can keep the surplus tickets safe until the new Primary School Meal System is in place at your child's school. View the Primary School Meal System video for a short introduction to the new system. We will let you know when the new Primary School Meal System is coming to your child's school. Once the new Primary School Meal System is in place at your child's school we will credit the value of any remaining tickets to your child's school meal account. Alternatively, if you would like a refund please write to:
If you have any questions regarding free school meals for primary one to primary three pupils please contact the Facilities Team on 01224 522232.
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PAY AS YOU GO DRIVING
Now with fantastic lower rates!
From 1 March 2014 Co-wheels have simplified their tariffs and lowered their day rate.
Hourly rates will start from just £3.75 / hour, mileage rates will be slashed to 13 pence per mile.
What's more use your Accord Card as your membership card and you get FREE membership and £20 driving credit. Find out more at our Pay As You Go Driving website.
NOW AVAILABLE - Balance Alerts for your child's Accord Card!
Parents and carers can now receive balance alerts for their child's Accord Card via text and/or email, so you know when their Accord Card needs to be topped-up. Visit Sign Up For Balance Alerts website for more information.