16-19 Bursary Fund

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LAWRENCE SHERIFF SCHOOL

16-19 Bursary Fund 2017 -18

Introduction
The16-19 Bursary Fund was introduced by the government in order to support young people aged 16-19 in full time education who may face financial difficulties in participation, such as the costs of transport, books and equipment. The School has been allocated a fixed amount of money to administer as the 16-19 Bursary Fund for the academic year 2017 - 2018.

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
  • A vulnerable bursary of up to £1200 a year for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups
  • Students in care.
  • Students who are care leavers.
  • Students in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right.
  • Students in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.

  • Discretionary bursary awards which can be made to students who face financial barriers to participation in education. Requests for assistance are individually assessed and awarded by the School.

 Eligibility

 To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary in the academic year 2017-18, applicants must;

  • be aged over 16 and under 19 as at 31 August 2017.
  • satisfy the Government’s residency criteria.

 Applications

Students in the defined vulnerable groups will need to provide appropriate written evidence of their circumstances and complete an application form.  

 Students who wish to apply for the discretionary bursary will need to complete an application form detailing the financial costs where assistance is required.  Examples of costs where participation help may be provided are;

  • Transport
  • Books and equipment
  • Clothing to meet the sixth form dress code
  • Field trips and other course related costs
  • Cost of attending university interviews and open days
  • School meals
  • Exam fees if applicable

Documentation may also be required to provide evidence of financial circumstances. Applications and supporting evidence will be treated confidentially.

 Application forms are available from Mrs H James, Sixth Form Centre Manager. All applications should be submitted by Friday 13 October 2017.

 N.B. Any significant change in financial circumstances will be considered at any time during the school year, following written notification of the change.

Assessment Criteria and Payments

 Each discretionary bursary application is assessed by senior members of staff. 

For the discretionary bursary, consideration is given to all circumstances with regard to the amounts requested and payments are based on assisting with the actual costs involved.  Please bear in mind the School is allocated a set sum of money for the Fund each academic year and disbursements have to be managed equitably.

 Allocations will be made by bank transfer to the student’s bank account either as a single payment or payments spread over the school terms. 

 Conditions to be met by students 

Receipt of a bursary is conditional on the student meeting the following standards;

  • Continuation with studies until the end of the academic year
  • Adherence to the Sixth Form Agreement regarding attendance, behaviour and deadlines. This document is signed by all students as they are enrolled in Year 12.
  • Receipts to be provided where applicable

 These conditions will be reviewed termly and failure to meet the agreed standards could result in a reduction or cancellation of payments. 

Further information

Further information can be obtained on
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-young-people-16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide


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