16 - 19 Bursary Policy

Chipping Campden School recognises that offering support to students from low income backgrounds requires sensitivity and respect for all those concerned.

Information relating to applications will be treated confidentially.

1. Eligibility

Four groups of students are eligible to apply for the 16 – 19 Bursary:

  1. Young people in care, care leavers, those in receipt of income support , young people receiving Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, will be given the highest priority and be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year
  2. Students who are eligible for Free School Meals, or whose parents or carers earn less than £16,190 per year might be eligible for a bursary of up to £600 per year
  3. A smaller bursary of up to £300 per year might be payable to students whose parents or carers earn between £16,191 and £20,999.
  4. Additional funding or payments in kind might be granted to students who are faced with unforeseen changes in their financial circumstances.

Students eligible to receive a bursary must be under 19 years of age on the 31st of August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study.

2. Applications and Assessment

The Chipping Campden School will make every effort to ensure that all those students entitled to bursaries receive such support. All students coming into the Sixth Form will receive information about bursaries. An example of the application form to be used is attached to this document.

Students will be asked to provide evidence of their household income e.g. notice of benefit received from the Department of Work and Pensions.

All applications should normally be received by the School Finance Office by Friday 23rd September 2016 and students will be informed of the result of their applications by October 7th. Payments to successful claimants will be backdated to September 1st. If circumstances change students can make applications later in the academic year. In this case payment of claims can be backdated for up to 28 days.

Students will be entitled to appeal against any decision taken by the Chipping Campden School. The appeals process is outlined in section 4 of this document.

3. Payments

Three payments will be made to students: November, December and March as long as the student remains on their course and meets the requirements of the Sixth Form Agreement and the 16 – 19 Bursary Learning Agreement..

Should any student fail to meet these requirements the school reserves the right to withdraw bursary payments for each week for which requirements have not been met. Similarly, if students leave school before the end of the academic year they will only receive payments for that the time that they attended the Sixth Form.

Students entitled to bursaries joining courses later in the academic year will receive a pro-rata allocation.

Students must open a bank account as payments will be made from the school directly to their accounts. Any student faced with difficulties in opening a bank account should immediately contact the Head of Sixth Form.

4. Appeals

Students are entitled to appeal against decisions made in relation to their application for a bursary or the withholding of payments. They should first raise their concerns with the Head of Sixth, and if such a meeting fails to resolve any differences they should make a written complaint for consideration by the Headteacher. If this fails to resolve differences, students can take their appeal to the Academy Board of Directors.

5. Fraud

Fraudulent claims for bursary allocations will be referred to the Police. Students found to make fraudulent claims will be required to refund all payments received and will receive either a fixed term or permanent exclusion from the Chipping Campden School.

 

 

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