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16 – 19 Bursary Scheme

Context

The Government is committed to financially supporting full time students in the post-16 sector. In line with Government policy responsibility for the administration and distribution of 16-19 Bursary funds is devolved to the school. The scheme specified below follows Government guidelines, aims to be fair and transparent in its application and will require your son to have their own current bank account.

 Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a bursary the student must be aged under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study and must satisfy EFA residency criteria (full details on request). To continue to receive a bursary the student must satisfy the conditions set out in the 16-19 Bursary contract. All payments will be made via BACS transfer only to a student’s bank account. No cash payments will be made.

Payments will normally be made in arrears for each half term, paid at the beginning of each half term provided that the student has met the criteria specified in the 16-19 bursary contract during the previous half term. Where the conditions of the contract have not been met the school may withhold payment.

There are three levels of 16-19 Bursary payment:

Level 3

This is for young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their own name and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments). Written evidence proving eligibility with respect to one of these categories will be required.

Payment of £1200 per year – six equal payments of £200 paid in arrears paid at the beginning of each half term providing the above eligibility criteria have been met. Where the conditions of the contract have not been met the school may withhold payment.

Level 2

This is for those students in receipt of free school meals in Years 12 and/or 13 or those students eligible for receipt of free school meals in Years 12 and/or 13 or families in receipt of Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits. If at any time your family circumstances change and you no longer meet the free school meal eligibility criteria, we require you to inform us so that payment can be adjusted/stopped.

Students apply for this fund for specific educational purposes (costs of transport, university visits, meals in school, books and equipment, educational trips). The Bursary panel will assess each claim and authorise payments up to the permitted maximum in each term. No student will receive more than £1,050 in an academic year.

Payment of £1050 per year – six equal payments of £175 paid in arrears on the first day of each half term providing the above eligibility criteria have been met. Where the conditions of the contract have not been met the school may withhold payment.

Level 1

Students who have an identifiable financial need (as certified by written evidence of family financial background e.g. a DWP benefit letter or a local authority letter proving eligibility for council tax benefit) and who do not fall into levels 2 or 3 above can apply for funds for specific educational purposes (see below). The Bursary panel will assess each claim and authorise payments up to the permitted maximum in each term. No student will normally receive more than £300 per year.

The process

Students should endeavour to apply for a bursary by 22nd September 2017. However, applications are welcome to be submitted throughout the academic year if family circumstances change. The Bursary panel will meet in October to consider applications and applications received after this date will be considered in due course during the half term in which the application is received. The panel consists of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher (Teaching, Learning, Innovation and Sixth Form), Bursar, Finance Manager and the Sixth Form Administrative Officer.

Application forms and evidence should be submitted to the Deputy Headteacher (Teaching, Learning, Innovation and Sixth Form) via the Sixth Form Administrative Officer who has a tray in main reception where documents can be dropped off.

June 2017

Documents to download:-

16 to 19 Bursary application form 2017

Specific Bursary Support Application Form 2017

01 16 to 19 bursary letter 2017

16 to 19 Bursary scheme guidance for parents and carers 2017