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Bursary Fund

THE 16 to19 BURSARY FUND

The 16 to 19 Bursary is a scheme to help the most vulnerable young people continue in full-time education.

The Fund has been allocated to individual providers of Post 16 education for the following purposes:

  • Guaranteed bursaries of up to £1,200 a year
  • Discretionary bursaries targeted towards students who face genuine financial barriers to staying on in education and training to help with costs such as transport, food, books or equipment.

Who is eligible for the 16 to 19 Bursary?

To be eligible to receive a bursary, the young person must be aged over 16 and under 19 at 31 August 2017 and meet the residency requirements.

Guaranteed Bursaries

The most vulnerable young people will be eligible for a bursary of up to £1200.

To be eligible for the vulnerable bursary, at least one of the following must apply:

  • The young person is in or has recently left local authority care
  • The young person gets Income Support or Universal Credit in their name
  • The young person gets Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in their name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit
  • The young person gets Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their name and either ESA or Universal Credit

Highworth is responsible for identifying young people who are eligible for this payment and will seek appropriate evidence to support each claim. Students will need to follow the application process so that their application can be considered.

Supporting evidence will be:

  • Letter from DWP setting out the benefit to which the young person is entitled
  • Written confirmation from the Local Authority of the young person’s current or previous looked after status
  • Completed application form

The payment of the guaranteed bursary will be paid by BACS payment direct to the young person’s bank account in the following instalments:

First half term payment of up to £400 payable after six weeks from the commencement of the programme of study

Payments of up to £400 at the end of February and the end of June.

These payments are subject to the young person meeting the conditions of the Sixth Form Code of Conduct, which includes attendance to all lessons and supplementary study sessions, as well as completing work to set deadlines.

Discretionary Bursaries                             

A bursary of up to £600 will be awarded to young people in receipt of Free School Meals and who meet the conditions of the Sixth form Code of Conduct, which includes attendance to all lessons and supplementary study sessions, as well as completing work to set deadlines.

The bursary will be paid by BACS payment direct to the young person’s bank account in the following instalments:

First half term payment of up to £200 payable after six weeks from the commencement of the programme of study.

Payments of up to £200 at the end of February and the end of June.

Supporting Evidence should include:

  • A certified letter from the  Local Authority regarding Free School Meals
  • An application form.

This information will determine the amount of the bursary award.

There may be some funds available for young people to help with extra curricular school activities, such as trips and visits that are an essential element of their studies. They will need to complete an application form, supported by evidence as listed above.  Each case will be considered individually, as funds are limited.

We will consider applications from those not in receipt of Free School Meals, but all assistance is subject to the availability of funds. Written evidence to support their application can be included.

When and how can an application for a bursary be submitted?

All bursaries – including those for the most vulnerable young people – will be administered by Highworth.

The application form needs to be completed by 15 September 2017. Later applications will be accepted and assessed in order of receipt. Requested evidence will need to be provided with the application.

When will learners know if their application has been accepted?

All assistance is subject to the availability of funds.

Confirmation of the outcome of the application will be sent in writing or emailed after the closing date.

If all funds have been allocated, student details will be recorded on a waiting list and a written/emailed confirmation will be sent.

How do we know Schools and Colleges will be fair?

The Education Funding Agency monitors the use of the 16-19 Bursary Fund closely.  Schools, colleges and work-based training providers should all have established complaints processes.  They are the first place to go for any young person who thinks they have been treated unfairly.

Additional Information

  • For any BACS payments learners will be required to have a bank account
  • Unauthorised absence may result in non-payment of awards.  This includes any holidays taken in school time.
  • Where there are exceptional circumstances, reasonable adjustments to the policy can be made.
  • If you require any advice or information, please see Mr Donovan, Deputy Head of Sixth Form
  • This policy applies to the academic year 2017/2018 and is reviewed annually.

All financial assistance is subject to the availability of funds.

The information provided is correct at time of publication but may be subject to change in line with Government guidelines.

 

 

 

 

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Bursary Application Form 2017 18.doc 06th Jun 2017 Download
HIGHWORTH GRAMMAR SCHOOL learning bursar... 09th Jun 2017 Download