The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund provides support for sixth form students in financial need and is administered by the school. The amount of funding available for each school to distribute through the bursary funding has been determined by the government. In total, the amount available for distribution does not match the amount available previously under the EMA. St Peter and St Paul Catholic voluntary Academy is therefore committed to distributing the bursary fund to those students with the greatest need. The notes here give further details on the bursary fund, how applications can be made and how decisions will be reached.
To be eligible to receive a bursary a student:
- must be under 19 on the 31st August in the academic year in which he/she starts the programme of study
- must satisfy Young People’s Learning Agency residency criteria
To continue to receive a bursary a student must satisfy the following conditions:
- The student must not have unauthorised and unexplained absence or lateness from lessons or from school
- Behaviour and progress must be in line with academy expectations
Bursaries are paid in monthly instalments.
There are two levels of Bursary Payment:
This is fixed at £1,200 per year and is designed to support the young people in most need. These have been identified by the government as:
- young people in or recently left authority care
- young people in receipt of income support or in receipt of Universal Credit
- young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or in receipt of ESA and a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in his/her name
The school will seek to identify students who are eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary. Parents/carers/students will need to provide appropriate documentation to prove entitlement, for example a letter setting out the benefit to which the student is entitled, or written confirmation of the student’s current or previous looked after status from the local authority which looks after him/her or provides the leaving care services.
Other students may be eligible for a smaller bursary. These will be determined by the academy on an individual case by case basis. We will seek to target our bursary awards toward students facing financial barriers to participation. The amount that will be paid will be dependent on the number of applications for assistance received and the size of the bursary fund allocated to the school by the government. To enable the school to make an informed decision the parent/carer may be requested to supply documentation e.g. indicating entitlement to Income Support, Tax Credits or a P60 for the previous year, as proof of income and/or earnings.
Changes in Circumstance Over the Academic Year
A small contingency amount will be retained from the overall bursary fund so that some support could be available in the event of a sudden deterioration in the financial circumstances of a student. Payments to students may also be adjusted to take account of improvements in a student’s circumstances.
Those wishing to apply for a bursary must complete the application form, which is available from the Admin Office or on the academy website, must submit it no later than Friday 16th September 2016. (If your circumstances deteriorate during the academic year, you should speak to Mr Doust, Sixth Form Leader).
All applications will be considered and assessed by the Leadership Team. Students will be notified of the decision, and an indication of the amount, if applicable, within 30 days of receipt of the application. You have the right to appeal and/or complain to the Headteacher if you feel that your case has not been given fair consideration. This must be in writing. The final decision rests with the Headteacher.
Any queries relating to an application should be made to Mrs Nelson in the first instance (Tel: 01522 699740).
Further information is available by visiting: www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/studentsupport/a00203061/16-19-bursaries https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund