16 - 19 Bursaries

16-19 Bursary Fund for the Academic Year 2016-2017

Purpose of the Fund

The purpose of the 16-19 Bursary Fund is to provide financial help to learners who are facing financial difficulty which means that they would be prevented from or struggle to participate in education and training without some help towards the costs linked with learning. Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School is able to award vulnerable student and discretionary bursaries based on the needs of individual students, taking into account their individual circumstances and within the guidelines and funding awarded by the EFA. This 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy has also been developed in collaboration with other South Staffordshire schools to ensure that the all students are treated in a fair and consistent way.

 

Allocation

The school is able to offer discretionary bursaries through funding allocated to us from the Education Funding Agency (EFA). In 2016-2017 it is £16,360. The funding is held and distributed from the school budget.

The school is also able to access additional funding from the EFA to support students who are eligible for a vulnerable student bursary.

Criteria for allocation

Bursaries will only be allocated to students on an individual basis against the criteria set out below. All students aged 16 or over studying in the Sixth Form are eligible to apply if they feel they meet the criteria. However, this is pro-rata if the student’s course is for less than 30 weeks and pro rata to the number of hours of study in line with the student status bands. It can be a higher amount if the school considers this necessary to enable the young person to continue in education.

 

Criteria One Vulnerable Student Bursary

Students who are aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31 August 2014 are entitled to apply for a Vulnerable Student Bursary if they meet one of the following:

• Looked After (in care)

• A care leaver

• Young person in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right

• A disabled young person in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA in their own right.

Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are usually living apart from their parents/carers, so they can get social security benefits in their own right. However, they do not have to be living independently of their parents; they can claim ESA or UC in their own right, although their parents will not be able to claim Child Benefit for them, if the young person’s claim succeeds.

The bursary award is £1200 a year. However, this is pro-rata if the student’s course is less than 30 weeks and it can be a higher amount if the school considers this necessary, to enable the young person to continue in education. The bursary may be a reduced amount if the student’s financial needs are met by others means or they have no relevant costs, e.g. where a student is in local authority care and their costs are covered.

Any bursary award will be subject to students meeting all the targets and objectives set out in their Sixth Form Learning Agreement, satisfactory attendance, and standard of behavior and providing documentary evidence to the Bursary Panel.

Criteria Two Discretionary Bursary

Discretionary bursaries can be available for students who cannot stay in education without financial help for things like transport, meals, books and equipment. ‘One off’ discretionary payments can also be made for things like educational visits or a train ticket to attend a university interview or open day. Discretionary bursaries and payments are subject to meeting the following:

• are not eligible for a Vulnerable Student Bursary (Criteria one)

• receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit, Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190), Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit). The maximum award will be £600 in any year, but this may increase or decrease depending on the number of applicants.

• have a total gross family income between £16,190pa and £23,000pa. The maximum award will be £400 in any year. (evidenced by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Credit Award Notice, evidence of self-employment income or 3-6 months’ worth of bank statements as evidence, but this amount may increase or decrease depending on the number of applicants.

• have a total gross family income between £23,000pa - £26,000pa may be considered in other exceptional circumstances subject to funding availability. The maximum award will be £250 in any year (evidenced by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Credit Award Notice or evidence of self-employment income), but this amount may increase or decrease depending on the number of applicants.

• other exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Deputy Headteacher responsible for Sixth Form. The maximum to be allocated in any academic year will be £2000 and a limit of £150 per student will apply.

Any bursary award may be a contribution towards the cost and may not necessarily cover the whole cost. The award will be subject to students meeting all the targets and objectives set out in their Sixth Form Learning Agreement, including satisfactory attendance and standard behaviour as set out in the school absence protocol and producing documentary evidence / receipts to the Bursary Panel as requested.

Administration

Applications will be accepted any time during the academic year up to the last day of the first half of the summer term and may be made at a pro rata rate from the date of application to the year end date.

Payment for the full Bursary (Criteria One) will be made directly to students’ bank accounts through SAP in three installments; October, January and April.

Payment for Criteria Two will be agreed and arranged on an individual basis directly to students’ bank accounts through SAP in three installments; October, January and April.. “Payment in kind” may be considered appropriate, e.g. for food, books, course materials and travel passes, which will be deducted from the total bursary award.

Payments for either Bursary will not be paid into another person’s bank account unless there are exceptional circumstances where the student is unable to administer their own account

10% of the Bursary Fund allocation will be retained as a contingency until April of each year for students who join the school later than the start of the academic year.

5% of the total Bursary Fund will be retained to assist with administration costs.

Confidentiality

We handle applications confidentially and will make sure that students are not singled (please talk to us if you are worried about this). Copies of information given in evidence to support applications will be retained by the school for audit purposes and will be kept confidentially.

Fraud

If students and/or parents/carers provide false or incomplete information or we are not about part of the hoursehold income that is relevant, the matter may be referred to the Department for Education or the Police. The student and parents/carers could face prosecution and the school will recover any payments the student is not eligible for.

Monitoring and Evaluation

The Deputy Head teacher and Head of Sixth Form will be responsible for ensuring that students meet targets and objectives as per their Learning Agreement. Failure to do so may result in the funding being withdrawn.

The Bursar will be responsible for monitoring and reporting student absence in accordance to the school absence protocol and maintaining records in accordance with the requirements of the EFA and audit.

The Bursar will be responsible for reporting to the EFA as appropriate.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy will be reviewed on an annual basis by the Governing Body.

Appeals

Applicants should be aware that funding available for Criteria Two is limited. All applications received will be considered by the Bursary Panel. The Bursary Panel consists of the Deputy Head teacher and Head of Sixth Form and the Director of Business and Finance. The Bursary Panel reserve the right to award funding as it sees appropriate.

The decision made by the Bursary Panel on the level of funding awarded is final. The Governors Appeals Committee will receive and determine only upon any appeals where funding is refused. Appeals should be addressed to the Clerk of the Governors c/o the school.

Appendices are available on request from school.

  • Letter to students
  • Application form – Criteria One
  • Application form – Criteria Two
  • Examples of Criteria Two bursaries