Sixth Form Bursary
Sixth Form Bursary at KGGS
The Sixth Form Bursary Fund is money that the government has given to schools to give to disadvantaged students. Its purpose is to provide financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to participation, so they can remain in education.
- A vulnerable bursary for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
- A discretionary bursary that KGGS are able to award to meet individual needs
- in care*
- care leavers**
- receiving income support or universal credit in their own right
- receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in their own name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Universal Credit
- receiving Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in their own name and either ESA or Universal Credit
**care leavers means young people aged 16 and 17 who were previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16. Or a young person who is aged 18 or above who was looked after prior to becoming 18 for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods of 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.
In legal terms these children are called relevant children or former relevant children.
- a letter from DWP saying which benefit the young person is entitled to.
- for students who are in care or a care leaver, written confirmation of the young persons current or previous looked-after status from the local authority.
Group 1 - Students living in a household where there is a total income of less than £30,000 pa. In this case, evidence of salary will be required, such as a P60 or original tax credit award from HMRC/ Self-Assessment Tax Calculation or 6 months payslips. Evidence of any benefits received into the household or unearned income such as shares/investments, savings and income on savings, pension income and rental income will also be required. In the case of Universal Credit, copies of the 3 most recent monthly award statements will be required. The take-home pay figure in addition to the amount of UC after all deductions will be used to calculate a total monthly income. Using 3 months statements will act as a guide to the household income for a quarter of a year from this assumed income for a full year will be estimated.
Group 2- Students in exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances may include a students role as a care-giver for relatives, or if a student is in a family where there are a lot of other children. In this case the threshold of £30,000 may be increased to take account of the additional financial burden on the family.
Additional support for curriculum participation in high cost courses:
Students eligible for bursary support and embarking on courses with high associated costs e.g. Art or Design Technology may receive additional payments from the bursary to support their programme of study. These students should apply through Group 2 above.
ConditionsAll bursary payments may be withheld should the conditions below not be met:
- At least 90% attendance at school
- Complete compliance with the terms of the Sixth Form Contract.
- All progress effort grades achieved to be good or better
Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat can I apply for?
The bursary could help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials such as books, formal dress; educational visits clothing or equipment for your course, and transport to and from school.
Can the school tell me what to spend my bursary on?
Yes. Your bursary is to help pay for things you really need to stay on at school. We can insist that your bursary is spent on items you really need to study your courses.
Can my school stop my payments if I don't attend or if I misbehave?
If you are ill or have been allowed an authorised absence, it will normally not affect your payment, but this is at the schools discretion. It is important to note though, that these payments are designed to ensure students are able to access education.
Once I have received a bursary payment- do I need to apply again?
Will I get the same amount each year?
The fund will be used by the school to try to support students in their studies across the whole sixth form. It is a fixed amount of money and the amount you receive will be governed by the amount the school has, the number of applicants, and the needs of those students applying.
Should I keep receipts?
Not normally, no. Therefore it is important that a student claiming a bursary has a bank account.
How do I know if I am eligible for a Group 2 Special Circumstances payment?
If you believe you may be eligible, please contact the Sixth Form Administrator, Support and Guidance Mentor or the Director of Sixth Form to discuss a bursary payment.
What if I have to pay a large amount for my bus pass for the full year in September?
If you have purchased a bus pass and then are found to be eligible for a bursary, the amount will be reimbursed to your account and will then be deducted from any award you receive. For example, if you are assessed as being entitled to receive a monthly payment of £20 per week during term time, but your bus pass is £500 paid in September, you will receive the £500 as soon as your claim is agreed. This amount will then be deducted from your annual payment. Based on a 38 week year: 38 weeks at £20 = £760, less bus pass £500 = £260. This would result in each weeks payment being £6.84.
Who do I see for help and advice or an application form?
See the Sixth Form Administrator, Support and Guidance Mentor Mrs Garbett or contact her at email@example.com or the Mrs Macpherson, Assistant Headteacher, Post 16 Education and Welfare.