What is Bursary Funding?
“Bursary funding is financial help for Post 16 students to overcome specific barriers to participation so that they can remain in education”. There are two bursaries, (1) vulnerable bursary and (2) discretionary bursary. We will assess whether a student is eligible for either of these grants.
The school is committed to taking a proactive approach and will contact students/parent/carers about bursary funding. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further information.
Following receipt of an application from students we will review the information to ensure that the student is eligible (see our policies for further information). When applying students / families making initial application to the school will be asked to sign a declaration that confirms the student meets the criteria for application (see our policies for further information). We apply to the Student Bursary Support Service via an online portal. Confidentiality and Data Sharing - All applications for vulnerable students are treated in confidence. Information will only be shared with professionals directly involved with the bursary process. i.e. Local Authority, Looked After Children Education Services, Manager of the Bursary , Senior Management of the school.
"Removing Barriers to Participation".
The school will continue to be proactive and identify students with the greatest need for support and raise awareness of the bursary as early as possible. The school will assess which pupils are eligible for 16-19 bursary funding based on the criteria and advice provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This includes assessing the age of the student, the length of the course and additional criteria specified in the current EFA guidance on vulnerable students’ eligibility for this bursary. It is recognised that students who attend our Post 16 Further Education Centre ‘ The Apperley Centre’ may not be able to apply on their own behalf and therefore we are committed to taking the initiative to ensuring that students who are eligible, successfully receive this funding.
There are two types of bursary; the vulnerable bursary award which provides support for vulnerable students who are eligible according to the EFA guidance. The second is a discretionary bursary, and our criteria here in school is to support students who (a) are eligible for free school meals and (b) who also meet the other criteria as specified in the EFA guidance.
The Bursary Funds are there to provide for vulnerable students: this financial help provides for things such as transport, meals, books and equipment. As specified in the Education Funding Guidance "payments are for participation-related costs only". The school works very closely with other agencies on behalf of vulnerable students to ensure that the bursary meets the needs of the student, and for those students who are assessed for eligibility of either award, this information remains confidential and known only to those who are involved in the administration of the bursary awards. Parent / guardian, guidance and questions and answers can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
For more information on how the school administers the 16-19 bursary, please refer to the links on this page which will take you to our current policies.