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Staying On In a Calderdale Sixth Form School 16-19  Bursary Fund

 

Introduction

A key priority of the Government is to eliminate the gap in attainment between thosefrom poorer and more affluent backgrounds, and to ensure every young personparticipates in and benefits from a place in 16-19 education and training.

This funding is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training post-16.

If you would like any assistance in completing an application form or have any questions or queries please contact Gill Lister by email on g.lister@brighouse.calderdale.sch.uk or phone on 01484 406391 who will be happy to help.

Please note funds are limited and applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis there is no guarantee that schools will have sufficient funds to approve all applications received for the discretionary aspect, therefore, we encourage learners to submit their applications as early as possible.

 

Application forms

Application forms are available to download (see below for the link needed)

 

Who Qualifies?

Assistance may be available for learners who meet one of the categories detailed below:

Category A Learner

This would be the £1200 guaranteed bursary for learners who fall into thefollowing groups:
In Care

Care Leavers
In receipt of Income Support/Universal Credit
Disabled students in receipt of Disability Living Allowance AND Employment

Support Allowance or Personal Independent Payments
This will be given in two forms. Firstly “in kind” looking at travel, food and course needs and then the remainder as a financial payment.
This payment will be subject to attendance criteria.

Category B Learner

Students whose household income is below £25,000 evidence required to support this:
Tax Credits Letter;
Free School Meals entitlement
Housing Benefit entitlement letter
ESA/Income Support or Universal Credit letter
These Students may be entitled to support with their educational costs including transport, on course costs and food
This payment will be subject to attendance criteria.

Category C Learner

Students facing extreme financial barriers:

This will be entirely at the individual providers discretion based on a real need.
This would include help towards specific items such as trip costs, materials, books, equipment, re-sits
This payment will be subject to attendance criteria.

In order to access this bursary, learners will be expected to be attending school full time (12 guided learning hours). Please note that assistance may be removed or reduced for those learners that do not comply with their schools behaviour and attendance policy.

 

Assistance Available

Assistance may be granted subject to a detailed application of why such assistance is necessary in respect of the following: -

  • We may contribute up to 100% of the cost of field trips and educational visits only on production of receipts or a letter supporting the application. Funding is normally provided directly to the school organising the trip. The trips must be relevant to the courses being undertaken.
  • Reimbursement for books and equipment up to 100% of their costs will be supported when school/college confirms the items are required. Receipts will also be required as proof of purchase. Support for individual items of equipment worth over £100 will remain the property of the school in question and will have to be returned by the learner at the end of the course.
  • The Care to Learn Programme provides support with childcare costs for learners aged 16 – 20.
  • Where applicable, up to 100% of the costs of resit examination fees will be provided.
  • Assistance towards the cost of travel to higher education interviews will be supported upon production of travel receipts and a letter from the University inviting the learner for an interview. UCAS fees will be reimbursed in full.
  • Transport costs.
  • Applications for any other type of financial assistance will also be considered subject to satisfactory evidence been provided.
  • Where possible bursaries may be paid “in kind” as opposed to the cash equivalent to ensure that young person remains in education.

 Learners will be assessed in line with the priorities set out above and on the information and evidence provided with each application.

 

Attendance

Learners are expected to attend the agreed percentage as set by their provider, this is checked monthly. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal or reduction of assistance and possible repayment of any assistance already paid. Attendance is reviewed on a monthly basis.

Where attendance is not satisfactory learners may appeal against the decision to withhold payment. Learners will be requested to provide written evidence, supported by the Head of Sixth Form, indicating why assistance should be supported.

Learners who do not complete their course may be requested to reimburse the Authority for part or all of the income they have received.

 

What if my application is refused?

If you are refused assistance, we will write to you and explain why.

If you wish appeal the decision please do so in writing to The Headteacher, Brighouse High School, Finkil Street, Brighouse, HD6 2NY

 

Fraud

Learners who provide false information, or do not give complete information may be prosecuted and the financial assistance withdrawn and/or repaid.

The College is under a duty to protect public funds it administers and may use the information you have provided within this Authority, for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies administering public funds solely for these purposes.

 

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