Helping make Free School Meal applications effortless for schools and parents
OFSM significantly reduces the admin involved in applying for Free School Meal funding. When schools purchase OFSM, they can then provide parents with a simple form to complete to apply. After the form is submitted OFSM automatically checks the required government databases to determine eligibility.
Free School Meal eligibility is an indicator that a child may be eligible for Pupil Premium funding. OFSM improves visibility for schools over which children are eligible for Free School Meal funding and therefore may be eligible for Pupil Premium or other types of funding.
After submission of the application OFSM performs the checks and returns a result almost immediately, automatically notifying both the parent and the school of the result. If an application is unsuccessful OFSM will automatically re-check eligibility every two weeks.
Whether you’d like us to answer your questions, provide your school with a quote, or give a free demonstration of our system, we’re here to help. And, if it’s easier, we can come to you. Simply arrange to see us in person and we’ll show you how it all works.
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St John’s CofE Primary School – An OFSM Case Study
Southborough Primary School
Southborough Primary School wanted to introduce online payments to reduce the amount of cash and cheques coming into school, which would also save them administration time. Additionally, they were keen to have a system that allowed the payments to link into a school meal package to avoid double entries. The school was able to almost immediately notice the benefits since introducing online payments, with the School Business Manager stating, “The amount of cash and cheques our team has to count, and bank has dropped significantly, which has had a positive impact on staff due to the time this has saved.”