Oswald Road Primary School is a co-educational primary school situated in the heart of Chorlton, Manchester. The school has over 600 pupils aged from 3–11, with a 52 place nursery. The school was judged ‘Good’ at its last Ofsted inspection.
One of the challenges facing the school has been the low uptake of parents signing up their children for free school meals.
In September 2016, Oswald Road purchased the Online Free School Meals (OFSM) system from Capita SIMS, which helps to counter this barrier by removing any paperwork and making the process more convenient through an online form. Parents can either complete the application themselves in a few simple steps or give the school consent to fill it in on their behalf.
Sarah Nicholls, School Business Manager at Oswald Road, has already seen a steady rise in the number of children now claiming free school meals.
“In the short space of time that we’ve been using OFSM, we’ve already had five children sign up for free school meals,” Sarah explains.
“The cost of the software is also less than having one child on Pupil Premium, which means it’s having a positive impact on our school budget.”