What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
Loreto Grammar School receives funding every academic year to provide financial support to help students in sixth form overcome specific financial barriers to participation they face so that they can remain in education. This statement sets how the fund is used.
Loreto Grammar School comply with the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund Guide updated by the Government every academic year, details for 2021-2021 can be found here - Government 16-19 Bursary Fund Guide 2021-2022
In addition please find the Government guidance to students.
The claim process will launch in September 2021 and all Sixth Form students will be sent a link to our confidential online application form when it is open for applications. Please bear in mind we will require evidence of household income from all applicants, examples of what we can accept as evidence below:
- P60 (for all earners in the household)
- Self-employed earnings (official tax return)
- Income Support/Universal Credit award letter
- Other benefits/pension award letter
- Full Tax Credit Award Notice (TCAN)
- Last 3 most recent statements
Additionally, if you are applying for a Vulnerable Bursary we would require one of the following:
- Letter or email from the local authority
- A copy of the students IS or UC award notice, if applicable. Note this must be in the student’s name/confirm they are entitled to the benefits in their own right.
If you have any queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vulnerable Bursary
Students who are in care, care leavers, in direct receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit or in receipt of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments in their own right will be eligible to receive an annual bursary of up to £1,200 per year. Loreto will carry out a financial needs assessment to confirm actual financial need and amount of support required – no student will automatically receive £1,200 and there is a possibility of no award or a limited award.
- Discretionary Bursary – Level 1
Discretionary bursaries are to help students with the cost of travel (see also details on “ourpass” below), buy essential books, equipment or specialist clothing, attend university open days/interviews, field trips and other course related costs. Household income and circumstances (e.g. distance to travel and number of dependent children in the household) are used to assess eligibility and in 2020/21 were awarded at different levels to total household income brackets below £20,000 and between £20,000 and £30,000.
- Discretionary Bursary – Level 2
Discretionary one-off payments to enable a student to participate in a specific educational enrichment activity approved by the Headteacher.
The following checklist will be used to assess all student applications:-
- Students meet the age criteria
- Receiving eligible education provision
- Student meets the residency criteria for post-16 provision
- Evidence of income and overall eligibility has been provided and copies retained by school. (Loreto Grammar School collects and processes data in line with data protection legislation –further detail is included in the form.)
- Block, blanket or flat rate payments are not permitted – the bursary will reflect the actual costs a student has.
- Support will be awarded in kind (bus pass, lunch allowances or equipment purchased on student’s behalf) wherever possible and receipts must be provided.
- Students must have their own bank accounts.
- Financial support is subject to excellent attendance, good behaviour and academic progress.
- Any false or incorrect information may lead to any future payments being stopped and recovery of overpayments. In extreme circumstances, this might result in a referral to the police with the possibility of the student and/or their family facing prosecution.
Assessment and Payment
It is expected that students will apply before the end of September so that the overall level of demand can be assessed, although in year applications will be considered if financial circumstances change.
Students must apply through the application form and the student is responsible for providing the evidence listed unless the parent/carer wish to provide sensitive information without involving the student. Any evidence not uploaded to the online application form can be sent via email to email@example.com or sent into school in a sealed envelope marked FAO Ms Gill, Finance Manager.
Students will receive an award letter before the October half term. Funds are limited and will be managed by the school and awards are for one year only. Year 12 bursary students must re-apply in year 13.
All requests for support are done via the above email and are treated confidentially so students should feel no embarrassment about applying.
Any payments awarded will be made termly directly into the student’s bank account.
Students can apply for “Our Pass” which provides free travel on buses in Greater Manchester for a one-off £10 fee until the end of the pilot project in September 2022.