Sixth Form 16 – 19 Bursary Fund
As you may be aware, the government had made changes to the financial support available to sixth form students with lower than average household income. The purpose of this page is to explain these changes.
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. Maidstone Grammar School for Girls 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.
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Bursary
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
- The student must not have broken the terms of the Sixth Form contract
Bursaries, wherever possible, are paid in kind. At the end of each term a review will be made of how well these conditions have been met and adjustments may be made to the next allocation.
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 level 1 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. Students who wish to apply for a level 1 bursary should use the school application form (see below).
Other students may be eligible for a smaller bursary. These will be determined by the school 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. Students currently or previously in receipt of free school meals are not automatically entitled to receive a bursary, but this may be taken into account.
Parents/carers who wish to apply for a level 2 bursary award on behalf of their son or daughter should use the school application form (see below).
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 will be available from the sixth form office, the finance office, and on the school website, and must submit it no later than Sunday 11th September 2016. (If your circumstances deteriorate during the academic year, you should speak to a member of the sixth form management team).
- Bursary Fund Guide for 2015 – 2016
- 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form – Level One – 2016-2017
- 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form – Level Two – 2016-2017
All applications will be considered and assessed by the Leadership Team. The parent/carer will be notified of the decision, and an indication of the amount, if applicable, within 21 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 the Key Stage 5 Learning Mentor in the first instance. Tel: 01622 752103 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.