- What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money the government gives to schools to provide financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation, so they can remain in education.
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund supports those young people aged 16 to 19 who most need help with the costs of staying in education. Please note that whilst the discretionary bursary is based on the parental/household income, the bursary is in the name of the student. Loreto will correspond with the student and it will be paid directly to their bank account. If parents/carers wish to provide sensitive information without involving the student, please send this into school in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of Mrs Booth, Business Manager.
The bursary is money that students of Loreto Grammar School can use to pay for things like:
- clothing, books and other equipment for your course
- transport and lunch on days you study or train
- support with university open days
Receipt of the bursary is completely confidential and does not affect receipt of other means-tested benefits paid to families.
The bursary is promoted via the school website, in the sixth form handbook and during school assemblies. Further information and support with applications is provided by the school Business Manager in complete confidentiality.
- Types of 16 to 19 Bursary
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursary and the school is responsible for managing both.
- 2.1 Vulnerable bursary
Up to £1,200 a year for young people in care; are leaving care; are in direct receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name; or are in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
- 2.2 Discretionary bursaries
Bursaries that institutions award to meet individual needs. For example, to help with the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment. Loreto Grammar School has defined 3 levels of discretionary bursary: -
Level 1 - Free School Meals (FSM) Students
The highest level of discretionary bursary for those most in need with termly payments plus contribution towards individual claims. No proof of earnings is required.
Level 2 - Low income students or disadvantaged students
Evidence will be required to support this application and may include taking account of household income as evidenced by receipt of Tax Credits Forms TC602, evidence of income from self-employment, a P60 or 3-6 months’ worth of bank statements. Unearned income (shares, investments, savings) may be taken into account when assessing awards.
Young people with caring responsibilities are also encouraged to apply for the Level 2 bursary.
In 2018/19, weekly payments of £10 were paid into the bank account of each discretionary bursary student and a daily allowance of up to £2.50 was provided to spend in the school canteen (this is guaranteed for students who qualify for free school meals).
Level 3 – One-off payments
A one off payment to enable a student to participate in a specific enrichment activity approved by the Headteacher.
- Policy Aims
- To ensure that the 16-19 Bursary Fund is administered in accordance with DfE/EFA guidelines and policies.
- To explain the procedure for making applications including eligibility criteria, how the bursary is calculated and payment processes.
- Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?
Conditions for payment include:-
- Student must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on the 31 August at the start of the academic year.
- If a student turns 19 during their programme of study, they can continue to receive the bursary until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19, or to the end of the programme of study, whichever is sooner.
- Meet certain residency criteria.
- Meet the criteria appropriate to the bursary type/level.
- Have an acceptable attendance, progress and behavioural record in accordance with the Loreto home/school agreement.
Any entitlement is completely confidential and Loreto is very pleased to have this opportunity to support students in the sixth form.
- Proof of income
Evidence will only be required to support an application for level 2 or level 3 discretionary bursaries and may include taking account of household income as evidenced by receipt of Tax Credits Forms TC602, evidence of income from self-employment, a P60 or 3-6 months’ worth of bank statements. Unearned income (shares, investments, savings) may be taken into account when assessing awards.
If you already qualify for free school meals, no further evidence is required.
- How will the school assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the school will prioritise allocation. Students who are eligible for any level of funding should complete an application form and hand it to Mrs Booth, the Business Manager, as close to the start of a new academic year as possible (the deadline for applications is 30 October in the same year). However, applications can be made at any time during the year, for example due to a change in circumstances or for the Level 3 discretionary bursary.
The application forms are available to download from the sixth form area of the school website and links are also attached below.
In line with EFA guidelines, the school will charge a 5% administration fee from the fund.
- How is the 16-19 Bursary paid?
- 1 Vulnerable Bursary
The vulnerable bursary is paid in termly instalments.
- 2 Discretionary Bursary
Payments are made to the student towards the end of each term and individual claims can be made at any time for the following (whilst full payment is not guaranteed, each request will be carefully considered):
- Books, Materials and Equipment.
- Field Trips and Day Visits (including University open days).
- Resit Exam Fees.
- UCAS Applications.
- Transport costs to and from school.
- Uniform purchases.
- Any other expenditure to support the student’s education.
Students have the right to appeal a decision. Students, or their parent/guardian, will be required to put any appeal in writing within 21 days of receiving confirmation of an award or a rejection. The letter should set out the reasons for the appeal and be sent to the Headteacher. The appeals panel will consist of the Head of Sixth form and the Headteacher and their decision will be given within 14 days of receiving the written appeal.
Conditions for payment include an acceptable attendance, progress and behavioural record in accordance with the Loreto home/school agreement.
Please complete the Bursary-Application-Form-2019-20.pdf This form is also available from the school finance office.
For individual claims, please use Loreto Grammar School 16-19 Bursary Individual Payment Form.pdf
If you have any queries, please contact Ms Gill, Finance Manager or Mr Latham, Head of Sixth Form.