16-19 Bursary Policy

Kings Priory School 16-19 Bursary Scheme 2015/16

1. What is the 16 to 19 School Bursary scheme?

The 16 to 19 Bursary scheme provides financial help to young people aged 16 to 19 who face financial barriers to participating in education or training, provided they meet agreed standards of attendance, behaviour and progress.

2. Who is eligible for the bursary scheme?

To be eligible, you must:

·         Attend Kings Priory School

·         Be starting Year 12, 13 or 14 in September 2015

·         Be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2015

·         Studying a full time programme

In addition, there are eligibility criteria for the different levels of bursary available.

To be eligible for a Tier 1 Bursary you must be either:

·         In care ; or

·         Have left care having been in care for a minimum of 3 months from the age of 14; or  

·         In receipt of Income Support; or

·         In receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

To be eligible for a Tier 2 Bursary you must be either:

·         Eligible for Free School Meals ; or

·         A family in receipt of Working Tax Credit and with a gross household income of £16,500 or less. Household income is worked out using your earnings/income plus any Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits you receive.

Discretionary Bursary

In addition, there is a Discretionary Bursary for students experiencing hardship, severe need or an emergency. Typically, circumstances could include:

Family breakdown / domestic crisis

Recent parental unemployment

Severe financial hardship

This is a flexible fund to respond to hardship and you must be able to demonstrate financial hardship to access the discretionary bursary. The typical criteria to assess your application include:

your particular circumstances and why you need a discretionary bursary

what you will use the discretionary bursary for

your household income. Usually we will only consider households with a gross income below £30,000, but special circumstances will be considered

and the number of dependent children/young people in your household

We will allocate Tier 1 and 2 bursaries first before we consider Discretionary Bursaries. The availability of the Discretionary Bursary is subject to affordability.

Applications go before the Senior Leadership Team. The panel meets once every half term to assess applications and agree the level of financial support.

3. How much is the bursary?

For students eligible for:

Tier 1 £1300 for the full academic year

Tier 2 £650 for the full academic year

Tier 3 A discretionary amount based on the panel’s judgement and application

4. What can I use the bursary for?

The bursary is to help with costs related to your studies, for example transport, books and equipment, and other costs associated with your course and / or living expenses.

5. Are there any conditions attached to the scheme?

Yes. You are expected to demonstrate good attendance, behaviour and progress.

6. How do I apply?

Complete the form at the back of this pack and return to Bruce Parvin, the Director of Resources at Kings Priory School.

7. When will I hear the outcome?

All applications will be considered with 4 weeks of receipt.

8. How long will I receive payments for?

As long as you meet the required standards of attendance, behaviour and progress, payments will continue for the duration of the academic year 2014/15.

There is no guarantee that you will receive funding next year even if you are eligible this year and you must re-apply for 2015/16. A new application for a bursary must be made each year.

9. What happens if my financial or living circumstances change?

If you have a change of circumstances you must let us know immediately in writing.

If you change your bank account details you must also write to us immediately. We will need to check your signature against your original application so we can only accept changes to banking details received by post.

If you transfer to another school within the North Tyneside scheme, you must let us know in writing.

If you leave school before completing your course, your payments will be stopped.

If you transfer to another school or post-16 provider which isn’t in our scheme you will need to ask them about their own bursary scheme.

10. Who do I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about the 16 to 19 Bursary you should email...

11. Privacy Notice

The Data Protection Act 1998 gives you the right to know who holds information about you and what is done with the data. The law says that we have to tell you who is the “Data Controller” – this is the person or organisation that decides how your information is used and stored. In the case of applications to the Kings Priory 16-19 Bursary Scheme, the Data Controller is Kings Priory School.

Your information will be kept safe and secure and treated with care and respect. It will only be used to process your bursary application. We may need to check some of the information you have provided against other information you have provided to the School, in order to decide whether you are eligible for a bursary. For instance, we may check our records to make sure you are entitled to Free School Meals, if you have ticked this section of the form.

We have to pass some statistical information to the Education Funding Agency for monitoring purposes, but this will not include anything that can identify individuals.

If you have any queries about how we use your information, please contact the School. 

To make an application, please download the form on the righ hand side of this page.

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