Sixth Form Student Bursary

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Introduction

  1. The 16-19 Bursary Fund was introduced in the 2011-2012 academic year.
  2. It is money the government has given to local authorities, schools, colleges and other education and training providers (institutions) to give to financially disadvantaged students.
  3. Its purpose is to provide financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation so they can remain in education.
  4. There are 2 types of 16-19 bursaries:
    1. A ‘vulnerable bursary’ of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups: in care, care leavers, in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right or in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.
    2. Discretionary bursaries which institutions award to meet individual needs, for example, help with the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment. To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, students must be facing financial barriers to participation and need help to stay in education.
  5. Bourne Grammar School will determine the assessment criteria for eligibility for discretionary bursaries and the frequency of and conditions for payments for all awards. Only those students in one of the defined vulnerable groups, or those experiencing the greatest financial disadvantages and /or course-related costs, will be supported using the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:
    1. Be aged 16 or over and under 19 at the start of the academic year in which they start their programme of study (the start of the academic year is 31 August 2018).
    2. Meet the residency criteria as set out in the EFA Funding Guidance.
    3. Students should be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality (e.g. Ofsted) and must also be funded within the relevant guidelines.

Residency qualifications

  1. Students must meet the residency criteria in the EFA funding regulations for post-16 provision 2017 to 2018. The regulations set out the evidence that institutions must see to confirm eligibility.

Proof of Income

  1. Proof of evidence will be required to support the application and could include:
    1. Certified letter from the Local Authority regarding Free School Meals
    2. Certified letter from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs regarding benefits including Housing Benefit and Disability Allowances and/or household income.
    3. Tax Credit Award Notice.
    4. Other means tested certification.
    5. Certified letter from the Department of Work and Pensions
    6. P60 (additional evidence will also be required)
    7. Self-Employment Income evidence

Assessment of Applications

  1. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the School will prioritise allocation. There will be 3 priority groups, categorised as high (Level 1), medium (Level 2) and low (Level 3).
  2. Initially students who are eligible for any level of funding should complete the application form and hand it to the Sixth Form Student Manager as soon as possible after admission in September.
  3. The closing date for applications will be Friday 28 September 2018.
  4. Students who become eligible during the course of the academic year should contact the Sixth Form Student Manager so that they can make an application for funding based on their new circumstances.
  5. The Sixth Form Bursary Fund Committee will meet to consider applications at all levels.
  6. Students who are deemed eligible to receive the Level 2 or Level 3 support should be aware that to continue to receive their full allocation of bursary/funding they must fulfil the attendance requirements and maintain acceptable levels of behaviour, as outlined in the Sixth Form Agreement.

Attendance Requirements

  1. Students will only receive their bursary payments if they have secured 100% attendance at School.
  2. There must be no unauthorised absences during the School day or lateness to registration or lessons. One period of absence due to ill health (maximum of 3 consecutive days) each half term will be allowed without loss of payment for that week. The only exceptions to this rule include the following:
    1. Medical Procedure or illness supported by a Doctor’s Certificate or Hospital letter
    2. Hospital Appointment and Orthodontist Appointment (official Hospital or Orthodontist documentation)
    3. University Interview
    4. University Open Day (5 per Academic year)
    5. School Trip Excursion
    6. Official School Closure i.e. snow day
    7. Official School Study Leave. Home Study can only be taken following a student’s final taught lesson of the day
  3. There may be occasions when cases have to be looked at on an individual basis and at the discretion of the Bursary Fund Committee whose decision will be final. An example of these could include any of the following, although this list is not exhaustive:
    1. Theory and Practical Driving Test
    2. Family/close friend’s funeral
    3. Sports trials/training/county selections
    4. Religious events
  4. For any planned absences a Sixth Form Proposed Absence Form must be completed and authorised at least 48 hours prior to the date of absence. If no form is received by the Sixth Form Student Manager the absence will be recorded as ‘unauthorised’ and a payment will not be made for that week.
  5. Students will NOT receive their bursary payments if they use any of the following as verification of Absence:
    1. Doctor/Dentist appointment card
    2. Any other form of self-certification
    3. School exclusion
    4. Driving lesson

The Sixth Form Bursary Fund Committee

  1. The Sixth Form Bursary Fund Committee will normally meet 3 times a year (September, December and April to consider and review applications). Applications will need to be submitted at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer term. Where an application is received mid-term and approved, payment will not be backdated.

Change in Circumstance

  1. A student receiving any support level of the Bursary must immediately inform the Sixth Form Administrator of any changes in family circumstance that may affect their ‘Support Level’.

Payments

  1. Notification confirming the receipt of the student’s application for the 16-19 Bursary and outlining the support allocation awarded by the Bursary Fund Committee as well as its payment scheme will be provided to the student.
  2. Cash payments will not be permitted. Payments will be made as a bank transfer into the student’s bank account.

Appeals

  1. Any student wishing to appeal against the Support Level allocated should do so in writing within 2 weeks of receiving their letter of Support Allocation. Appeals should be made to the Sixth Form Student Manager. It is expected that further evidence to support the funding request will be provided by the student if called upon.

Contingency Fund

  1. Bourne Grammar School will need to reserve 20% (including the 5% Administration fee) of the 16-19 Bursary amount provided. This is to accommodate changes in circumstance should they occur.

Level 1 Support

  1. £1,200 Bursary. You can get this if you are in one of the following categories:
    1. Living in care or have recently left care or an unaccompanied asylum-seeker
    2. In receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
    3. In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments Payments will be made weekly in equal instalments. Payments will be subject to review by the Bursary Fund Committee.
  2. If you think you are eligible for this £1,200 Bursary, please complete the application form.

Level 2 Support

  1. Up to £975 per annum (in equal instalments throughout the school year)
    1. You could receive this level of funding if:
    2. You have a gross annual household income of below £24,000
    3. You are in receipt of Free School Meals
    4. Your household is in receipt of other income based means-tested benefits (excluding Child Benefit)
  2. Note: Gross household income includes any benefits of which you may be in receipt (excluding Child Benefit).
  3. Payments will be made weekly in arrears as a bank transfer into the student’s bank account providing the student has satisfied all the requirements of eligibility. Students will be informed of any nonpayment via their School email.
  4. Payments will be subject to review by the Bursary Fund Committee and may be reduced or stopped if attendance and/or progression are deemed unsatisfactory.
  5. Payment for Year 13 students will be made up to and including the week of their final public examination.
  6. If you think you are eligible for the Level 2 Support, please complete the application form.

Level 3 Discretionary Support

  1. You could receive this level of funding up to a maximum of £300 per annum if you have an identifiable financial need, do not fall into Levels 1 or 2 and your gross annual household income is below £26,300 (excluding Child Benefit).
  2. If you think that you are eligible for Level 3 Support, please complete the application form as you may be eligible for a contribution towards specific educational purposes (receipts will be required) which can include:
    1. Costs of transport
    2. Meals in school
    3. Books and equipment
    4. Educational trips.

Date of next review

June 2019