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16-19 BURSARY FUND POLICY 2016-2017

A key priority for the Government is to close the gap in attainment between those from less well-off and more affluent backgrounds, and to ensure every young person participates in and benefits from a place in 16 to 19 education or training.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund targets support towards the most financially disadvantaged 16 to 19 year olds - those who most need help with the costs of staying on. 

The Deepings School will determine the eligibility criteria for discretionary bursaries, and the frequency of and conditions for payments for all awards. The 16-19 Bursary will only be awarded to a student that is eligible and facing genuine financial barriers to participating.


ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary in the 2016-2017 academic year, the student must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31st August 2016.

Students must also satisfy the residency criteria set out in the *EFA Funding Guidance. (A person on 1 September who is settled in the UK, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three years preceding the 1 September.) If you are in any doubt, please speak with the Sixth Form Administrator.

Students should be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body that assures quality and funded within the relevant guidelines. (Attendance at The Deepings School meets the criteria.)


BURSARY FUND LEVELS

LEVEL ONE

Students in the following defined vulnerable groups will be eligible for a bursary of £1200 a year:  Young people who are in care; young care leavers, young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right; and young people in receipt of both Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) in their own right. 

This would be paid in three instalments of £400.00 at the start of each term by BACS transfer directly into the student account.

Payments will be subject to review by the **Bursary Awards Panel

An application form is available for students who believe they are eligible for a Level One Bursary.

LEVEL TWO

Students who are in receipt of free school meals or have a total household income of £16190 or less can apply for a weekly bursary. Household income can be evidenced by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Credit Award Notice or evidence of self employment income.  The allowance will be established upon agreement by the school to make awards to students.  All evidence of household income will be in strict confidence.

Payments will be transferred weekly to the students’ bank account via BACS upon authorisation from the school that the student has satisfied all the attendance and behaviour requirements.  These payments will be made in arrears.  There may be delays in some cases if there is any query regarding attendance.

Students will be informed of any non-payment in writing.  However students should check their payments regularly and in the case of non-payment they should contact the Sixth Form Administrator for clarification.

Payments will be subject to review by the **Bursary Awards Panel

An application form is available for students who believe they are eligible for a Level Two Bursary.

LEVEL THREE

Students who have a total household income of between £16190 and £25000 can apply for a discretionary bursary for specific educational purposes.  These include:

  • Costs of transport
  • Meals in school
  • Books and Equipment
  • Educational Trips

Household income can be evidenced by receipt of benefit and/or P60, Tax Credit Award Notice or evidence of self employment income.  All evidence of household income will be in strict confidence.  No student will receive more than £200 per year.

Payments will be made on an ad-hoc basis by the most mutually convenient method.

Payments will be subject to review by the **Bursary Awards Panel

An application form is available for students who believe they are eligible for a Level Three Bursary.


CONTINGENCY FUND

Students who successfully apply for any of the above levels will also be able to access a small emergency fund for exceptional circumstances if they can show an identifiable financial need. There will be an application form available from the Sixth Form Office where all requests will be dealt with the strictest confidence.


ASSESSMENT

The **Bursary Awards Panel will assess each application with supporting documentation in the strictest confidence.  Any student who believes they are eligible for any level of funding from the 16-19 Bursary Fund should complete an application form and hand it in to the Sixth Form Administrator as soon as possible after admission in September.  The closing date for applications will be Friday 23 September 2016. A student in receipt of any level of bursary must inform the Sixth Form Administrator of any changes to family circumstances that may affect the support during the academic year.  Students who become eligible during the academic year should contact the Sixth Form Administrator and make an application.


ATTENDANCE & BEHAVIOUR REQUIREMENTS

To receive any funds once the school has acknowledged eligibility, participating students at The Deepings School must adhere to the following criteria.

To receive the weekly allowance (Level Two only) students should have 100% attendance at all timetabled lessons and registrations unless they have prior permission from the Sixth Form Management Team for authorised absence.  Holidays will not be authorised.  We will allow for one period of absence due to ill health (maximum of 3 consecutive days) each half term without loss of funds for that week. Approved Examination Study Leave, participation on approved educational trips, or approved representative activities will be counted as an attendance.

If students are unacceptably late to lesson or registration, then these will count as an absence and therefore the payment will not be made for that week.

Students must abide by the standards of behaviour and effort as agreed at the start of their learning programme as detailed in the Sixth Form Code of Conduct.  If poor behaviour or effort is reported and supported by documentary evidence, the student will not be paid for that week.


APPEALS

LEVEL ONE

Eligibility - Parents, guardians and students will have the right of appeal to the Bursary Awards Panel ** in all cases if it is felt the application has been withheld without justification.

LEVEL TWO

Eligibility - Parents, guardians and students will have the right of appeal to the Bursary Awards Panel ** in all cases if it is felt the application has been withheld without justification.

Issues with Weekly Payments - As payments are made directly to the student concerned it is therefore the student who must contact the school in case of difficulty and not the parent.  Students will have the right of appeal in all cases if it is felt the payment has been withheld without justification. 

In the first instance the student should explain, (with supporting evidence if appropriate) within one school week, to the Sixth Form Administrator, why the payment should have been made.  If the decision to withhold payment is upheld then the student may appeal to the Head of Sixth Form.  This is the final appeal and must be made within one further week.

LEVEL THREE

Eligibility - Parents, guardians and students will have the right of appeal to the Bursary Awards Panel ** in all cases if it is felt the payment has been withheld without justification.

*Education Funding Agency

** Will comprise 1 member of Finance, 1 member of Sixth Form Management & 1 member of Senior Leadership Team

Documents

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Bursary application form 2016-2017 18th Sep 2016 Download
Bursary policy 2016-17 18th Sep 2016 Download