The 16-19 Bursary fund enables Jo Richardson Community School Sixth Form to provide financial support to help students overcome specific financial barriers to participation so they can remain in education. It is therefore intended to support costs related to education.
There are two types of bursary, discretionary and vulnerable groups.
Students who meet an eligibility check may obtain full or partial support with one or more of the following –
|Travel costs from home to Jo Richardson Community School Sixth Form|
|Participation item costs to cover trips and other learning resources stipulated by teachers.|
|Where possible, support with costs incurred for industry placements, university interviews and open days.|
The eligibility checks include meeting/providing the following –
|Free School Meals|
|UK Residency Status|
|Mode of transport used to commute from home to Jo Richardson Community School Sixth Form|
|Number of dependents living in your household (under 18 yrs of age)|
|Annual Household Income|
|Bank Account held in the student’s name|
Where a student is living or has lived in care, they are eligible for a vulnerable group’s bursary. Additionally, students who are in receipt of Disability Allowance, their own personal Universal Credit or Personal Independence Payments are also eligible for this bursary.
Application for discretionary bursary and vulnerable groups bursary is made through the following process via the Jo Richardson Community School Admin staff. A decision will be made by the Director of Sixth Form in conjunction with the school finance officer.
Completion of Bursary application form with required documentation evidence. Documentation evidence is required by the 16-19 Bursary Fund and includes proof of household income in the form of a parent/carer’s last 3 months of bank statements, proof of residency such as passport or right to remain documentation as well as all other documentation cited on the application form.
Once an application is complete students will receive a bursary award letter outlining the bursary amount they have been allocated
All bursary is reviewed annually so students on two-year programmes of study will have to re-apply after a year.
Receipt of bursary funding does not affect receipt of other means-tested benefits paid to families, such as IS, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit or, generally, UC.
The 16-19 Bursary Fund Government Guide 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide 2021 to 2022 academic year – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) stipulates all household income and other evidence provided in support of a bursary application will need to be retained by the school for six years. Once this period of time has expired evidence will be disposed of securely.
Terms and Conditions
Discretionary bursary payments once awarded will be paid fortnightly into student bank accounts
Discretionary bursary applications will only be awarded if students provide all requested documentation and meet the eligibility criteria. If a student does not provide these/meet these then they will not be awarded a bursary.
Tier 1 bursary payment
Student is eligible for FSM, walks to school/travels to school by bus and has less than 3 dependent siblings
Tier 2 bursary payment
Student is eligible for FSM, travels to school by tube or train and has more than 3 dependent siblings
Tier 3 bursary payment
Student requires additional financial support for trips, clothing, open days, university auditions other educational activities. A letter of request will need to be written directly to the Director of Sixth Form for tier 3 payments to be considered.
Discretionary bursary payments will not be paid if a student is absent for a prolonged period of time e.g. 4 weeks or is removed from roll as they have left Jo Richardson Community School Sixth Form.
To ensure discretionary payments are made students must ensure they adhere to the bursary contract that is attached to the application form.
If you have any queries or require assistance, then please get in touch with the sixth form team. (firstname.lastname@example.org).