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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 31 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.

Applications are welcome to be submitted throughout the academic year if family circumstances change.

What you will receive

Students are required to apply for a particular level of award and provide the required evidence (if required) to evidence the need of the award.  The Bursary Committee will then review the student’s application. 

If your application is approved, you will be required to submit specific bursary applications which details the items you wish to receive payments in kind e.g. providing a laptop, bus pass, helping towards the cost of university open days, school trips etc.  

Where possible, the school will strive and purchase these items on your behalf to avoid unnecessary personal expenditure, so it is really important to be explicit in your specific bursary application as to what you would like, for example, which bus route, or an amazon link to any equipment you may need, and the cost of the application etc.  Where this is not possible, the school will reimburse the student on production of a receipt.  These monetary payments will be made via BACS transfer only to a student’s bank account. No cash payments will be made.

Multiple applications can be made by the Student within the academic year and the Bursary Committee will authorise payments in kind up to the permitted maximum that the student has been awarded.

 Where the conditions of the contract have not been met the school may withhold support.

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.

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 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.

The Bursary panel will assess each specific application and authorise payments in kind up to the permitted maximum.

Financial support of up to £1200 per academic year can be accessed.  Requests exceeding this amount will be at the discretion of the Bursary Committee.

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. 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.

The Bursary panel will assess each specific application and authorise payments in kind up to the permitted maximum.

Financial support of up to £1,050 per academic year can be accessed.  Requests exceeding this amount will be at the discretion of the Bursary Committee.

Level 1

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.

Financial support of up to £750 per academic year can be accessed. Requests exceeding this amount will be at the discretion of the Bursary Committee.

The process

The Bursary Committee consists of the Headteacher, Bursar, Finance Manager and the Sixth Form Administrative Officer.  Applications are welcome throughout the academic year, so it is never too late to apply if you have not already submitted an application at the beginning of the academic year. 

Application forms and evidence should be submitted to the Headteacher via the Sixth Form Administrative Officer via the post box in the Lower Quiet Study area for the 6th form office, or emailed to Mrs Collins (6th Form Administrator) at collinsc@poolegrammar.com.

Evidence required:

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
  • P60’s
  • Tax returns
  • Last 3 months bank statements
  • Benefits statements from the current tax year

Ongoing Support

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 and advised of the amount remaining which has been awarded to you.

04 16 to 19 Bursary scheme contract Oct 2020

03 16 to 19 Bursary application form

Additonal (adhoc) Bursary Support Application Form

October 2020