The purpose of the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is to help students meet the costs of continuing in full-time education (such as transport, books, equipment, trips and other course-related costs). It may also be used towards the costs of attending University interviews and Open Days.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund has three elements:
Band 1 - Vulnerable Students Grant. Learners in receipt of Income Support (in their own name) and Looked After Children, will receive a grant of up to £1200 per year in installments at the end of each Term.
This is for students defined as being ‘vulnerable’ and includes:
- Student who are currently in local authority care
- Students who have recently left local authority care
- Students who are in receipt of income support or universal credit in their own name
- Students in receipt of employment and support allowance or Universal credit and disability living allowance or personal independence payments in their own right.
Band 2 - Free School Meal Entitlement. Learners in receipt of Free School Meals will receive a grant of up to £1200 per year, paid at the end of each Term.
Band 3 - Special Consideration. Learners whose family income is below £21,000 per year. This will provide one-off support payments to meet particular needs e.g. support for buying books and equipment, trips, fieldwork costs, attending University Open Days and interviews etc. The level of support will be dependent upon how much money remains in the 16-19 Bursary Fund. We will ask the Department if they have requested the purchase and we will keep receipts of externally purchased items.
Conditions for Receiving Bursary Awards
The application form signed by both the learner and their parent constitutes a signed contract between the school, parents and students, which states the standards expected by the provider.
All Awards will be conditional on attendance, punctuality and behaviour. The level of the payment will be dependent on attendance and punctuality data.
Payment of the Bursary may be suspended, if the following conditions are not met:
- 95% minimum attendance for each Term
- Attendance to all lessons, private study and curriculum enrichment sessions.
- Be up-to-date with classwork, coursework and homework.
- Demonstrate excellent effort and attitude to learning.
- Punctuality – at the discretion of the Sixth Form team
- Behaviour - at the discretion of the Sixth Form team
- Any appeals are investigated by the Headteacher, Ms Hamill, and her decision is final.
The school also has a small, Hardship Fund for students who do not meet the above criteria but who experience particular financial difficulties during their period of study.
This provides one-off funds, in exceptional circumstances. Please speak with Mrs Hassan, Assistant Headteacher i/c KS5, to discuss any issues that you need help with.