We know that moving into Further Education can be a difficult time for anyone, and we want to ensure that everyone has exactly the same opportunities across the board. We believe that there should be no barriers to learning, particularly financial barrier, and we intent to eliminate these as far as possible within sixth form.
The current eligibility criteria for the discretionary bursary are as follows:
- Student is in receipt of Free Schools meals (at the end of Year 11)
- Family is in receipt of income support
- Family is in receipt of Child Tax Credits
- Family is in receipt of Working Tax Credits
- Household is in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Universal Credit
- Household is in receipt of Pensions Guarantee Credit
- Household in in receipt of Employment support allowance
- Household is in Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Household income is below £21,000 for the last tax year
Evidence of eligibility will be required upon application, for example Tax Credits forms, P60, bank statements etc.
Vulnerable Bursary Details
This bursary is only available to students who are considered in need of a high level of support, such as:
- Students in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking students
- Students who are car leavers
- Students in receipt of Income Support or the equivalent Universal credit in their own right
- Student sin receipt of both employment support Allowance (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) and Disability Living Allowance in their own right.
Vulnerable students will receive a maximum bursary of £1200.00.
Due to government guidelines we do not offer cash payments as standard. As a sixth form we offer in-kind support methods that allow us to ensure that each student is provided with the most appropriate support possible.
In the last year we have support students in travelling to Germany, Paris, Andorra and London amongst others. We have also paid for students to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold award, paid for complete student uniforms, funded meal accounts for the academic year and paid for students to attend congratulatory meals with subject staff and classes.
Due to this in kind system we can ensure that support of all kinds is available when it is needed Should a student require any kind of support throughout the year, we ask that they get in touch with Kathryn Sewell either in person or vi email who can then discuss all options available in a completely confidential manner.
Vulnerable Bursary Uses
Vulnerable bursaries are, by nature, very different in how they are administers. Vulnerable bursaries will be applied for via the school and then cash payments will be made weekly to the students personal bank account. If this is unsuitable for the student’s situation then this may be re-assessed, however cash payments are the standard for this form of bursary.
Process in September
During the first week of term in September all students will be given a Bursary application form, if you feel you are eligible for financial support or would like to apply then please return this form as soon as possible. Once this form has been returned and assessed a short meeting may be held with a member of staff, and you will receive formal confirmation of your application. Supporting evidence must be provided alongside the application to be able to assess student’s eligibility.
We should be able to inform you within one week of your application whether you have been successful.