16 - 19 Bursary Fund Policy
The school and governors fully support the Government’s priority to eliminate the gap in attainment between poorer and more affluent backgrounds. The Government provides funding to tackle disadvantage through the YPLA and through support to help young people meet the costs of participating in education and training post-16. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post-16. The Fund has two elements:
i. Young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year (Vulnerable Young People).
ii. Providers may then use their discretion to make awards to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards should be targeted towards young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment.
a) A student must be under 19 years of age on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study;
b) Any student in the Sixth Form who fulfils elements in the policy;
c) Any student who is in receipt of Free School Meals;
d) Any student whose family is experiencing financial difficulties. In such cases we ask parents to apply for assistance from the Bursary, stating clearly how the funding will be used to assist the student in their studies. They may be asked to provide supporting evidence, including those of income from a P60, benefit/allowance book, Tax Credit Award Notice or self-employment income details, to prove eligibility.
We recognise that the use of the fund can be very different for a range of pupils. However, we would normally expect funding, except for that used to support Vulnerable Young People, to be used for books and equipment, essential uniform and clothing, transport to and from school, revision aids and materials and, where possible, curricular trips deemed essential for an academic course. The Bursary cannot be used for non-essential trips and visits.
Payments will generally be made to recipients either through a bank transfer or a cheque. Applicants will be informed as soon as possible after their application, but no more than seven working days after receipt. For students who do not qualify for 16-19 Bursary Funds, the school does have access to other funds which might help students in hardship - please contact Mr Fleming about these.