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Policies & Procedures - Bursary Fund for 16 -19



What is the Bursary Fund?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help young people facing financial hardship to stay on in full time education after Year 11.

The Scheme comprises of two parts:

(i)            The Vulnerable Bursary (£1,200.00 per academic year) is for those most in need of financial support, for example young people in care, those receiving income support and those disabled receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability

Living Allowance (or Incapacity Benefit).

(ii)          The Discretionary Bursary available is for those in need of finance to help meet specific costs to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses, e.g. transport, equipment, fieldwork costs.



· A Student must be aged 16 and under 19 on the 31st August at the start of the academic year in which he/she starts a programme of study.

· A student must be on a full time programme of study.


The Vulnerable Bursary (£1,200.00)

 Students can apply for the Vulnerable Bursary if they meet one of the following criteria:

· Student in care;

· Student lives independently having left Local Authority care;

· Student is in receipt of Income Support;

· Student is disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or incapacity Benefit).


The Discretionary Bursary

Students can apply for this grant to fund particular needs for example:

· Books/equipment/materials/specialist clothing;

· Field trips and visits related to courses;

· Travel expenses

· Food costs (eg cooking lunch)

The Discretionary Bursary may be paid directly to school if appropriate e.g. food costs

Students can apply for The Discretionary Bursary if:

· They are eligible for free school meals or if their parents are claiming one of the following benefits.

(i)         Income Support

(ii)        Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual table income as assessed by the Inland Revenue which does not exceed (as from 6th April) £16,190.

(iii)       Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance.

(iv)       Employment Support Allowance (Income Related).

(v)        Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit.

(vi)       Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

 Evidence will be required to support the application.

· They come from families in the lower 40% of UK household incomes:

(i)         Students whose annual family income was less than £20,000 in the last tax year (including benefits). This must be established through current Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit documentation/P60.

(ii)        Students who can demonstrate through Working Tax Credit/Family Tax Credit that their award has been changed to reflect a change in circumstances to that their annual family income in the current tax year has fallen below £20,000 (including benefits).

Evidence will be required to support the application.


How to Apply

The application will cover the three year period that a student is enrolled at Post 16. If there is a change in financial circumstances which means that the student is no longer eligible for the bursary, the school office must be informed of the change immediately.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form can be found on the school website or paper copies are available from the school office. Once completed it should be returned to the school office.

Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application:

For the Vulnerable Bursary this might include:

A letter referring to the benefit to which the young person is entitled;

Written confirmation from the LA of the young person’s current or previous looked after status.

For the Discretionary Bursary this should include evidence of benefits/allowances/grants or household income (P60).



Payment will be made by BACS draft into a student or parent’s bank account and this will normally be on a monthly basis. The school finance officer will liaise with the parents/carers about this.


Organisation and Appeals

· The Student Centre Phase Leader in consultation with the Business Development Manager will be responsible for deciding who receives the awards based on the criteria outlined above.

· The Discretionary Bursary is given to the school every year by the EFA (Education Funding Agency). Once these monies have been allocated during the year the school will not be able to make any further grants until the new academic year.

· Appeals relating to the grant or bursary should be made in the first instance to the Student Centre Phase Leader. Second and final appeals should be made to the Head teacher.

There will be no further right of appeal.


Key Contacts:

Student Centre Phase Leader: Karen Northfield

School Office: Sam Robson

School Finance Officer: Carole Hollister

Headteacher: Stephanie Coneboy

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