16 – 19 Bursary Scheme
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.
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.
What you will receive
If your application is approved, you will receive either monetary payments or payments in kind e.g. providing a laptop, bus pass, helping towards the cost of university open days, school trips etc
Any monetary payments will be made via BACS transfer only to a student’s bank account. No cash payments will be made.
Monetary 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.
The Bursary Committee will decide whether monetary payments or payments in kind will be awarded based on each application. Payments in kind are the favoured method of support.
There are three levels of 16-19 Bursary payment:
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 or Universal Credit 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
£1200 per year – payments in kind or 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.
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. 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 support can be adjusted/stopped. Students currently receiving free school meals at Poole Grammar School do not need to provide evidence of this with their application.
Students apply for this fund for specific educational purposes (costs of transport, university visits, meals in school, books and equipment, educational trips. No student will normally receive support of more than £1,050 in an academic year.
Payments in kind are the preferred. If monetary payments are awarded they will normally follow this payment pattern:
Payment of £1050 per year – for Year 12: six equal payments of £175 paid in arrears on the first day of each half term providing the above eligibility criteria have been met. Year 13 are paid 5 equal payments of £210. Where the conditions of the contract have not been met the school may withhold payment.
Students who have an identifiable financial need can apply for this level of Bursary and must provide evidence of need e.g. written evidence of family financial background with supporting evidence. As a guide families with total household income, including benefits, of up to £25,000 can apply for a level 1 Bursary. We would not normally expect to give to support to families with total income of over £25,000 unless exceptional circumstances apply.
The Bursary panel will assess each claim and authorise payments or payments in kind up to the permitted maximum. No student will normally receive more than £750 per year.
As per the Government guidance, receipt of bursary funding does not affect receipt of other means tested benefits paid to families such as income support, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit etc.
Students should endeavour to apply for a bursary by Friday 25th September 2020. 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, Bursar, Finance Manager and the Sixth Form Administrative Officer.
Application forms and evidence should be submitted to the Headteacher via the Sixth Form Administrative Officer via the yellow 6th Form Admin tray in main reception, or emailed to Mrs Collins (6th Form Administrator) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level 3 – current evidence of the following:
- Income Support in the students own name, or
- Universal Credit in the students own name, or
- Employment Support Allowance along with Disability allowance or Personal Independence Payments in the students own name or
- Universal Credit along with Disability allowance or Personal Independence Payments in the students own name
Level 2 – students in year 12 or 13 currently in receipt of free school meals at Poole Grammar School do not need to supply evidence.
If eligible but not current receiving free school meals, please visit https://www.poole.gov.uk/schools-and-education/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/ to apply. Please make it clear on your school bursary application form that you are currently applying for free school meals. Once notification from BCP comes through confirming your eligibility, your bursary application will then be considered.
Level 1 – current evidence could include the following:
- Universal Credit – monthly award statements from the last 3 months
- Tax returns
- Last 3 months bank statements
- Benefits statements from the current tax year
Once awarded the bursary, if additional support is needed throughout the academic year, please complete the Additional Bursary Application Form and submit to the Headteacher via the Sixth Form Administrative Officer. Once this has been reviewed, you will then be informed if your application has been approved or not.
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