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Girls’ School

16-19 Bursary Fund 2020/2021

Information for Parents/Carers 

1. What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The School has been allocated funding from the Government to enable us to provide financial assistance to students who face a financial barrier to continuing in their education.

2. What is it for?

The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available for supporting eligible young people with the costs of transport, food, books, educational visits or other course materials or equipment essential to successfully completing their programme of study.

3. Who is it for?

The 16-19 Bursary is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support. The Government has identified a priority group of young people and have asked that Schools give priority to this group first and offer them a Guaranteed Bursary.

After this group has been considered, the School expect to have a small amount of funding available for other young people in need of financial support.The School has set eligibility criteria to ensure the remaining funds go to those who are seen to need it most. Any young person who meets the eligibility criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary to help with costs of studying.

4. What are the eligibility criteria?

Students can apply for a Bursary if they are aged 16, 17 or 18 at 31st August 2020, meet the national residency requirements and at least one of the criteria listed below.

They can apply for a Guaranteed Bursary if they are:

  • currently or have previously been looked after by the Local Authority, and/or
  • in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right; and/or;
  • disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.

They can apply for a Discretionary Bursary if either:

  •  your gross annual household income does not exceed £22,000 even if in receipt of working tax credit and/or;
  •  they or a brother/sister, qualifies for Free School Meals (FSM), and/or;
  •  you receive a certain type of income-based benefit:
    • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
    • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

5. Can they still apply if they don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

Yes, providing they meet the age and residency eligibility criteria.The School is keeping back some of the available 16-19 Bursary Fund for exceptional circumstances for one-off payments or additional support.

6. How and when do they apply?

To apply, they must complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form and submit this to Miss Bretherton (Sixth Form Learning Mentor) with the correct supporting evidence by 2nd October 2020. 

They can apply for a Bursary at any point in the year, but those applying before the date above will be given priority.  Bursaries can only be made after this date if sufficient funds are available. The Bursary scheme will close when the funds allocated have been used.

7. How much is the Bursary?

The Guaranteed Bursary is up to £1,200 and the Discretionary Bursary is up to £800.  The exact amount is dependent on individual circumstances and funds available.

8. Will the Bursary affect any benefits you may be receiving?

No, it will not affect any benefits or financial support you are receiving from elsewhere.

9. How and when does it get paid?

If your daughter applies and is successful, they will need a Bank Account in their own name for the Bursary to be paid directly into.It will be paid in three instalments: November 2020 (50%), January 2021 (30%) and March 2021 (20%) subject to them meeting attendance, punctuality and satisfactory behaviour conditions.

10. How do I find out more?

If your daughter wishes to make an application she should request a full application pack from Mrs Bretherton - Sixth Form Learning Mentor.  

Fund Procedure which provides further information, including details on eligibility criteria and supporting evidence needed.

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