Sixth Form Bursary
The Higham Lane School 16-19 Bursary Fund 2020/21
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help students facing financial hardship to continue in full-time education after Year 11. To qualify, a student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 on the 31st August 2020 at the start of the academic year in which he/she starts a programme of study; they must also be on a full-time programme of study. Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to apply for a discretionary budget if they are continuing on a study programme they started before they turned 19 or have and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Payment will be made by BACS into a student’s bank account half-termly in arrears and on a pro-rata basis. If a student does not have a bank account, they will need to open one in order to receive their bursary. Payments are dependent on student attendance, conduct and a positive attitude to learning. Students and parents/guardians will be expected to agree to and sign a Bursary Fund Contract before payments are made. The Head of Sixth Form will be responsible for deciding who receives the awards based on the criteria here. The Bursary Fund is given to the school each year by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency). Once these monies have been allocated, the school will be unable to make further grants until the new academic year.
Appeals relating to the bursary or grant should be made in the first instance to Mrs. Smith. Final appeals should be made in writing to the Head Teacher.
The Scheme comprises two parts:
A VULNERABLE BURSARY, of up to £1,200.00 per academic year for those most in need of financial support:
- young people in care
- care leavers
- those receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financial supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
- receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right
The bursary for vulnerable groups can pay up to £1,200 per year to a student participating on a study programme that lasts for 30 weeks or more. Students on study programmes of less than 30 weeks should be paid on a pro-rata amount.
A DISCRETIONARY BURSARY, available for students in need of financial support with specific costs to enable them to stay in education. Eligibility for a Discretionary Bursary is based on household income (verified by Tax
Credit awards or a P60 where household income is £17,000 or less. Students will receive a contribution towards the cost of travel, to buy essential books, equipment, specialist clothing or to support with educational trips.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form can be obtained from Mrs. Smith in Sixth Form Reception. Applications should also be submitted to Mrs. Smith.
The School must obtain proof that students are eligible for a bursary. Examples of evidence are:
- for students, who are in care or a care leaver, written confirmation of their current or previous looked-after status from the relevant local authority
- for students in receipt of Income Support, a copy their Income Support award notice
- for students in receipt of Universal Credit, a copy of their Universal Credit award Notice
- for students receiving Universal Credit/Employment and Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, a copy of their Universal Credit claim from Department of Work and Pensions. (UC claimants should be able to print off details off their award from their online account). Evidence of receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independent Payment must also be provided
Eligibility: discretionary bursaries
For the Discretionary Bursary this should include evidence of benefits/allowances/grants and household income (e.g. Universal Credit award notices, P60 etc). Students whose applications are received before 30th September will receive payments backdated to the beginning of the Autumn Term. Those whose applications are received after that date will receive payments from the date that their applications are approved. Weekly payments will be accrued based on full attendance, good conduct and a positive attitude to learning and paid half-termly in arrears. The application will cover the 2020/21 Academic Year. Students should reapply in the Summer Term for the following year.
Please note that funds are strictly limited. However, all applications will be reviewed and awards made according to need as far as possible.
Please click on the link below for an Application Form