Post 16 Bursary Policy for 2019-2020

The Vulnerable Group

The most vulnerable young people will be eligible for the bursary of at least £1,200.

This group covers young people who are looked after, care leavers, those in receipt of income support, disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance and those in receipt of universal credit.

Evidence - vulnerable young people:

  • a letter setting out the benefit to which the young person is entitled;
  • written confirmation of the young person’s current or previous looked after status from the local authority which looks after them or provides their leaving care services

The Discretionary Fund

These funds will be offered to the following qualifying students:-

  • Those students from families with a household income of no more than £21,000 per annum or students who were in receipt of free school meals in Year 11 during 2018-2019 or have been at any point during the past six years.

Evidence - students:-

  • Letter from relevant Local authority that student in receipt of free school meals during 2018-2019 whilst they were in Year 11
  • Parents provide evidence that they are in receipt of the following:-
  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
  • Guaranteed Credit or State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have a gross annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £21,000
  • Universal Credit

Exceptional circumstances:

There may be learners who fall out of all the categories outlined above but face great barriers to continuing in education at Rainhill Sixth Form Centre. These applications will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Director of the Sixth Form once the student is enrolled.

The Process

1. Vulnerable learners will receive their monies in weekly amounts (£50/week). The payments will be subject to the following criteria being met:-

  1. 100% attendance for the previous week
  2. 100% punctuality for the previous week
  3. All work up to date and in line with target grade

2. Students’ eligible to access the discretionary funds will receive a monthly payment by cheque in arrears at the end of each month of £50. The payments will be subject to the following criteria being met:-

  1. 100% attendance for the previous month
  2. 100% punctuality for the previous month
  3. All work up to date and in line with target grade

Proportionate amounts will be paid where a student has attended for example 3 out of 4 weeks

Further applications for support will be administered by the Sixth Form Secretary and could include applications for financial assistance with:-

  • Transport
  • Books and equipment
  • Provider Meals
  • Course-related trips
  • UCAS fee / Travel to Open Days
  • Criminal Record RB Checks (for students on Health and Social Care course likely to need work experience placement)
  • Sport Activities (where they contribute directly to the BTEC Sport programme)
  • Exam re-sit fees

It should be noted that this fund is exhaustible and applications will not be considered once the fund has been exhausted.

In deciding whether to make a payment the Sixth Form Secretary will take into consideration the following criteria with regards to the applicant:-

  1. attendance to the date of the application
  2. punctuality to the date of the application
  3. All work up to date and in line with target grade by the date of the application

All successful applications will result in a cheque payment which the student can pay into their bank account.

Appeals

It is likely that some decisions will be questioned and students must be allowed a right of appeal.

It should firstly be noted that the complainant must be a student of Rainhill Sixth Form, not a parent or family member.

Should a student be unhappy with the way that their application has been dealt with they have 14 days from the decision to write a letter of appeal outlining their concerns to the Director of Sixth Form Studies.

The Director of Sixth Form Studies then has 7 days to decide whether to uphold or quash the appeal. Any decision made at this point is final.

It should be noted that students will be informed in advance that even though they meet the eligibility criteria and their application for financial assistance is not unreasonable that neither applications nor appeals will not be considered once the fund has been exhausted and that were appropriate eligible students will be informed of this.