Bishop
Ramsey

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    Sixth Form

    Sixth Form Bursary

    Bishop Ramsey School 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy 2017-18

    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 16-19 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. 

    Bishop Ramsey 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. To apply please download the attachment below.

    Eligibility

    To be eligible to receive a 16-19 Bursary in the 2017-2018 academic year, the student must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31st August 2017.

    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 Mrs Holmes or look at the web-site for more information -         www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund/overview

    Bursary Fund Levels

    Type A - 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.

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

    Payments will be transferred monthly to the students’ bank account via BACS upon authorisation from the school that the student has satisfied all the attendance and behaviour requirements (see paragraph detailing expectations).  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 Mrs Holmes for clarification.

    Type C - 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.

    Payments will be made monthly to the student's bank account via BACS

    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. Please make a written request addressed to Mrs Holmes - all requests will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.

    Assessment

    Mrs Holmes 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 Office, marked for the attention of Mrs Holmes. . A student in receipt of any level of bursary must inform Mrs Holmes 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 Mrs Holmes and make an application.

    Attendance & Behaviour Requirements

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

    To receive the monthly allowance (Type B only) students should have 100% attendance at all timetabled lessons and registrations unless they have prior permission from the Sixth Form 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 Study Leave for exams, 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 month. Students must abide by the standards of behaviour and effort as agreed at the start of their learning programme.  If poor behaviour or effort is reported and supported by documentary evidence, the student will not be paid for that month.