16-19 Bursary

16-19 Bursary

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.

To make a claim please use the 16-19 Bursary 2021 application form here. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th September 2021. However, if your circumstances change throughout the year please let us know.

Please note we will require evidence of household income from all applicants, examples of what evidence we can accept is 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 bursary@loretogrammar.co.uk

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 bursary@loretogrammar.co.uk 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.

Travel Costs

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.

https://ourpass.co.uk/get-our-pass/

Appeals

Students have the right to appeal a decision.

Students, or their parent/carer, 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 Director of Sixth Form and the Headteacher and their decision will be given within 14 days of receiving the written appeal.

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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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