Notice for current parents of students entitled to Free School Meals  – Liverpool City Council have decided to give every child entitled to Free School Meals a £10 voucher for ASDA for half term, to cover their usual school lunches. Parents – you need to collect the vouchers from your local Children’s Centre.


Did you know by registering your child for Free School Meals The Studio receives extra money from the Government to support your child’s needs?
The Government gives extra money to schools and academies to help children in receipt of free school meals achieve their potential.

If you live in the Liverpool City Region and receive any of the following benefits you can claim free school meals for your school-aged child.

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit  – as long as you have a yearly household income of less than £16,190 (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) and do not get Working Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Universal Credit.

 How to claim:

CAPITA Online Free School Meals

Online Free School Meals (OFSM) simplifies the process by removing the paperwork. Parents can either complete the online application themselves or give the school consent to fill it in on their behalf. The OFSM form complies with the DfE Eligibility Checking Service connection requirements, removing the responsibility to make a decision regarding free school meals from the school. Schools are immediately alerted on receipt of new applications and when a student is no longer eligible.

OFSM is securely hosted in the cloud. The web based application automatically keeps an audit log to record the activities of all users. Exceptions and information security events are produced to assist in future investigations where required.

Check if you are eligible for Free School Meals

Why is it important to identify all children who are eligible for Free School Meals?

A meal at lunchtime ensures children have energy to concentrate on their learning and also gives children the opportunity to socialise and develop their social skills. Financially, capturing this information maximises Pupil Premium funding and helps disadvantaged children.

How does Online Free School Meals benefit families?

The OFSM system makes it easier for parents to apply for free school meals online and confidentially. Once the application has been submitted, parents and carers receive a confirmation email. Applications only need to be made once as OFSM will continue to manage the entitlement for each child automatically until they leave the school.

Is the data in OFSM secure?

The Online Free School Meals (OFSM) system is provided by SDA which as a company are fully ISO 27001 compliant. OFSM is hosted on their servers and provides the highest level of data security and complies with all appropriate regulations and codes of practice. The SDA system also fully complies with the Department for Education (DfE) Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) connection requirements

Registration is completely confidential and it will not affect any other benefits.

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