16 – 19 Bursary applications (from September 2017)
To receive a bursary the student must be aged over 16 and younger than 19 on 1st September in the academic year in which they start their programme of study and must satisfy EFA residency criteria.
Evidence of household income by way of a Tax Credit Form (TC602), evidence of income from self-employment, P60, Receipt of Benefit Notification or 3 to 6 months of bank statements. Notification must be provided to the school Finance Office along with the completed application form.
A Young Person in Care; A Care Leaver; a young person in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right; in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.
Level Two A:
Students who are eligible for free school meals or whose household income is less than £16,190.00 per year.
Level Two B:
Students whose household income lies between £16,191 and £20,816
Level Two C:
Students whose household income lies between £20,817 and £25,521.
Paying Bursaries to eligible students
Payments to students will, in the first instance, be put towards travel costs for the 16-19 Travel Card or any other support that the school identifies as necessary to enable them to participate in education.
If the school and student agree that these elements are already in place, then the school will pay cheques, directly to the student.
Level One: £1200 per year payable in termly instalments of £200, which are paid in the last week of each term.
Level Two A: £510 per year payable in termly instalments of £85, which are paid in the last week of each term.
Level Two B: £400 per year payable in termly instalments of 5 * £70 and a final payment of £50 in the last week of each term.
Level Two C: £200 per year. These payments are made exclusively towards the cost of a Kent 16+ Travel Card which the school pays directly to Kent County Council and are only for students who live more than two miles from the school.
As per Kent County Council guidelines, any student in receipt of a Kent 16+ Travel Card will have their bursary used by the school to reduce their Travel Card cost. The Travel Card costs £400, so a Level 1 student will receive £800 plus a Travel Card, a Level Two A student will receive £110 plus a Travel Card and a Level Two B student would receive the Travel Card for free
A Level Two C student will have to contribute £200 towards the cost of their Travel Card. The school will require payments in this case to be split £67, £67 and £66 and given to the school in October, January and April.
The Abbey School will operate a discretionary payment system to any students in the Football Academy who do not live within a seven mile radius of the school. This discretionary allowance is for £240 and will be paid directly towards travel costs. As with the Bursary payment, this will be paid in six instalments, by cheque, in the last week of each term.
Non-payment of the bursary
This payment is based upon attendance. Authorised attendance falling below 95% or lateness over 5% (more than 5 minutes late to any timetabled period) will mean the next instalment will not be paid.
The school will examine attendance levels and targets may well be set for the next term; if these are achieved, the school will in all likelihood reimburse the student with a pre-agreed sum.
Payment of the bursary will cease if a student has missed four consecutive weeks of the school year for any reason.
Application Process and Payments
All Bursary Fund applications are ideally to be made to the Finance Office by the end of September 2017, along with the required evidence.
The Abbey School will then process the information by the end of September and will advise students, in writing, of the outcome. All eligible bursary payments will be attendance related and back-dated to the start of the courses the student has enrolled upon.
All bursary payments will be paid by cheque and will be subject to the conditions laid down in the 16–19 Bursary Contract. These includie attendance, behaviour, completion of coursework and completion of courses enrolled upon.
Once entitlement is approved, a separate 16-19 Bursary Contract will be signed by the claimant and witnessed by the Assistant Headteacher for KS5 or the Deputy Head of 6th Form.