Bursaries

The sixth form receives funding from the Government to help students who may struggle with the extra expense associated with sixth form study. It is to used to support young people to participate and benefit from sixth form education who are either vulnerable or who are facing financial hardship. This is known as the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

There are two types of bursary

VULNERABLE BURSARY (VB)

If you are eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary you would be able to claim up to £1,200 in an academic year. This is not income assessed.

 

DISCRETIONARY BURSARY (DB)

The DB is means related. If you are not eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary, you may qualify for a Discretionary Bursary. This fund is to assist those who face genuine financial barriers to staying on in education and is meant to help with costs such as books, equipment and other course associated expenses.  Those who apply will need to have their parents/guardians’ income assessed. Applications are open to students whose household income is less than £25,521. As a guide, this year student’s who qualify for DB receive £15 per week; term time only (tier one and tier two).

Who is eligible?

You must be aged under 19 on 31 August 2016

 

VULNERABLE BURSARY (VB)

• You (the student) must fall into one of the following criteria:

• Someone who is in care

• Care leavers (someone who has been in care but isn't any longer)

• Be on income Support/Universal Credit

• Be in receipt of both employment support allowance (or universal credit) and personal independence payment

 

DISCRETIONARY BURSARY (DB)

All students with a household income of less than £25,521 per annum are invited to apply for a Discretionary

Bursary

• DB is divided into 3 tiers

• See guidance notes linked at the bottom of this page for the current breakdown of the tiers—subject to change

Bursary FAQ

When can I apply for financial support?

You can apply at the start of term in September 2016; application forms can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

Is there a deadline?

Priority will be given to applications received before the end of the first half term (end of October 2016). Applications after this date will be considered but not guaranteed

Do I need to submit evidence with the application form?

Yes. Applicants for DB must provide proof of household income (acceptable documents are detailed on the application form). Applicants for VB must provide written evidence of their status.

What happens next?

We will monitor your progress and attendance over the first half term in order to assess your application; you will receive an award notification by email during the first week of November). This will explain if your application is successful or unsuccessful and how your award will be paid.

How and when will I receive my payment?

If you are eligible for weekly payments (Tiers 1 and 2) this will be weekly in arrears by cheque from November 2016 Payments for trips, extra equipment, travel etc will be paid into your account upon receipt of proof of payment.

What if my circumstances change?

You are required to inform the Sixth Form Manager of any changes in circumstances that may affect the outcome and eligibility for funding. Further evidence may be required to reassess your application for a higher level of assistance. Failure to inform us of changes in circumstance may make you liable for the cost of any funding already received.

What should I do if I am not happy with the outcome of the application?

You can appeal against the decision that has been made in relation to your application by writing to the Sixth Form Manager; and independent review will be made of your application.

Will my attendance be taken into account?

Yes. You must maintain an attendance rate of at least 90% per week to include lessons and daily registration/form time. You must achieve 100% punctuality. If you fall below this level it may lead to your support being reduced, suspended or stopped. Behaviour and progression will also be taken into account and reviewed along with attendance on a regular basis.

Will my data be protected?

Yes. All gathered data will be kept according to the Data Protection Act 1998. Some of the information gathered for financial support is required by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This will be anonymised before it is sent. Data will not be passed to any other third party without your consent except where the school is legally required to do so.

How to contact us

Should you require any further help or information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Justin Childs - Head of Sixth Form

J.childs@rainesfoundation.org.uk

Jacci Bradubury - Sixth Form Manager

a few more points to be aware of...

• Information given to the school on the application form must be true and accurate.

• False or inaccurate information could result in a refusal or withdrawal of fund payments

• Funding is limited so allocation of funds will be subject to availability.

• Each application to the financial support fund will be individually assessed.

• Financial support is only paid during term time and payments will not be made during the summer exam season

Interested in applying?

Click here to download the application guidance notes