16-19 Bursary Fund

If you are a student in Year 12 or 13 you can make an application to receive an award from this fund.

The school is given a sum for the Bursary fund each year by the EFSA. The amount of Bursary awarded to each student will depend upon the sum given to the school and the total number of successful applicants.

To be eligible to receive an award from the Bursary a student must be at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study. Students must satisfy EFSA residency criteria.

Any student who is living in care or is a care leaver can apply for the Vulnerable Bursary. This is also available for students who receive Income Support, or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner and also students who receive both Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right

All other students can apply for The Discretionary Bursary and criteria are as follows:

1. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals (these students have priority)

If money remains in the fund after category 1 has been awarded applications for category 2 will be considered

2. Students not receiving FSM but who live, on a permanent basis, in a household that is in receipt of means tested benefits

Evidence for this award is by the following documents for the previous tax year:

* Tax Credit Award Notice if employed

* evidence of income related benefits from Dept of Work and Pensions

* letter from Jobcentre Plus confirming benefits received.

The number of dependent children within the household may also be taken into account.

3. Students who face extreme, or unexpected, financial hardship.

These awards may be made to students, at any point in the school year, who find that their circumstances, or those of their parents, have changed after the initial Bursary application procedure takes place.

Payments for this category will be dependent on monies remaining in the school Bursary Fund for the current year.

Priority for Bursary awards is payment towards travel to school but can also include things such as: books, stationery, school dress code, school trips, university visits or interviews, UCAS applications, payments for meals from CCVI cafeteria (if not receiving FSM). Other requests will be considered by the Awarding Panel. Please note monetary awards are not usually made.

More information and an application form will be available from the Sixth Form Office on results day and also on the school website.

The first priority call on the Bursary Fund is for students receiving Free School Meals. If you think you may be entitled to these please check this on the KCC website and make your application ASAP. (If FSM were received in Year 11 a new application must be made)