Both elements of the 16-19 Bursary Fund, outlined below, will be administered in keeping with the principles of the Academy’s Student Support Scheme, whose aim is to remove barriers to learning and participation for those groups of students identified as the most vulnerable, outlined below, and from those students from lower-income families.
Making Your Application
To make an application to the bursary fund, please send a letter to Mr Morris, Principal, detailing what the application relates to (i.e. educational visit, textbooks etc.) and any cost involved.
Please ensure all supporting documentation is sent with each claim, a list of which are outlined in the following document:
All applications will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Bursary for the Most Vulnerable Students
The Most Vulnerable group of young people, as identified by YPLA are young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of income support and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. They will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year, which will, at the Principal’s discretion, be administered in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of the individual, such as the provision of Free Meals, a Dress Code Allowance, and contributions towards the cost of transport and Educational Visits and Enrichment Week.
Discretionary Bursaries will be administered in accordance with the Academy’s Student Support Scheme, details of which can be found in Appendix 1: Application for Student Support for Full Time Students.
The Academy will set its eligibility criteria in line with the thresholds set by the Local Authority for free school meals. The criteria for the academic year 2012-13 are outlined in Appendix 1; Supporting Evidence, the criteria will be reviewed annually.
In addition to the support provided by Free Meals and a Dress Code Allowance, currently to the value of £50, the 16-19 Bursary Fund may also be drawn upon to offer discretionary financial support for Educational Visits and Enrichment Week, or any other course-related costs, to enable students to extend their learning; this will be at the discretion of the Principal. Parents/carers are invited to apply to the Principal’s PA, in confidence, for financial support on all of the Academy’s letters pertaining to visits.
The PA to the Principal will maintain records of applications received, and of the Principal’s decisions regarding eligibility, which will be communicated to the Finance Team. The Finance team will then account for monies awarded via the Student Support Scheme, or to the Most Vulnerable categories, and report this to YPLA according to the protocol of their portal for MI returns.