Bursary Policy

Do you need financial help to study post 16?

The governement offer a bursary fund to support those who are in greatest need of assistance. 

Agreed by Governors – September 2011

1. Background

In March 2011 the Government announced a new 16-19 Bursary Fund to support the most vulnerable young people to participate in and benefit from Post 16 education and training.

Once funds have been awarded to eligible pupils there is no guarantee that further monies will be available to support learners who subsequently submit an application.

2. How this money can be used

Applications for a discretionary bursary should be to pay for the costs related to participation identified as

follows:

  • Books/equipment/specialist clothing related to the course you are following;
  • Additional course costs, for example, educational trips/visits;
  • Transport;
  • University visits;
  • Exam re-sit fees;
  • Other items solely related to the course you are following.

2.1 Guaranteed Bursary (Student Bursary)

Bursaries of £1,200 to young people in the following vulnerable groups:

  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people personally in receipt of income support. (Please note this does not refer to young people whose parents/carers are in receipt of income support).
  • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance.

2.2 Discretionary Bursary (Student Support Fund)

This element of The Bursary award is targeted towards young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the costs of transport, books and equipment. The discretionary bursary will not be paid to those young people in receipt of EMA payments under the transitional arrangements.

To be eligible to receive a bursary you must be:

  • Over 16 on 1st September and be under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study. Where a young person turns 19 during their programme of study, they can continue to be supported to the end of the academic year in which they turn 19, or to the end of the programme of study, whichever is the sooner.
  • Undertaking a minimum of 12 hours learning.
  • Attending all of their timetabled lessons and meeting the expected standards of behaviour and effort agreed in the ‘Post-16 Learning Agreement’.

Application

Applications for an award of a bursary should be made using the application form at the side of this page.

All applications should be supported by appropriate evidence of eligibility.

  • The Bursary committee (consisting of the Headteacher, Post-16 Co-ordinator, and a Governor) will consider applications.
  • Applicants will be notified in writing whether their application has been successful.
  • All information supplied will be treated in the strictest of confidence throughout the process and all original documentation will be returned once the applications have been verified.
  • Regardless of whether learners have already been in receipt of 16-19 Bursary support they must re-apply for any further needs.

3. Appeals

  • Learners wishing to appeal must do so in writing (explaining clearly what is being appealed and why the decision is believed to be incorrect) to the Bursary Committee within 10 working days of the Committee decision.
  • This will be considered by The Committee with the final decision being agreed by The Governors Pupils Committee at their next scheduled meeting. There will be no further right to appeal.