Sixth Form Student Finance / Bursary

16-19 Bursary Scheme

The Government introduced the 16-19 Bursary scheme in September 2011 to replace the EMA (Educational Maintenance Scheme). New guidance was issued in May 2013 resulting in further development of the scheme offered by the School in 2013/14. As a consequence the scheme is significantly different from previous years.

A key priority of the Government is to close the gap in attainment between those from less affluent and more affluent backgrounds, and to ensure that every young person participates in and benefits from a place in 16-19 education and training.

At Dronfield Henry Fanshawe, we believe that the fund should be used to support eligible students who face the greatest financial barriers to joining in with school activities and it will be used to contribute towards the cost of books, materials and equipment for courses; participating in trips; meals and transport costs.

Who is eligible to apply for a Bursary?

To qualify you must:

  • Be aged 16 or over and under 19 at 31st August 2021
  • Be a legal resident in the UK or registered asylum seeker
  • Be studying courses offered in Post 16 at the School and then either
  1. Be a vulnerable student – one who is in care or receiving income support in your own name or a disabled person receiving both employment support allowance and disability living allowance or
  2. Be able to demonstrate financial need – there will be an expectation for the family to produce documentary evidence of the current benefits being received and of the total family income

Types of Bursary offered:

For Vulnerable students

When you have been able to evidence that you are eligible either through the local authority which is providing your care, or through the production of documentary evidence of income support in your own name or employment support and disability living allowance, the School will complete a funding claim and submit it to the Department for Education. If accepted, payment will be sent to School, to be passed onto the student. Funding in this category can be up to £1,200 pa.

Discretionary Bursaries

The School receives a small fund from the Government with which it will seek to support students who have demonstrated financial need.

The fact that the family is receiving benefits is a way of demonstrating financial need, such as a household income of less than £21,231 and those benefits would include:-

  • Income support
  • Universal Credit
  • Income based jobseeker’s allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax credit with an annual income of less than £21,231
  • Pension Credit (Guaranteed Credit)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Discretionary funding has been assessed at £10 per School week, payable termly in arrears.

However we appreciate that there are times when a financial emergency arises and circumstances occur where benefits aren’t available and so applications can be made at any time to support specific school related expenses.

Any conditions?

The awards are dependent on good behaviour, good attendance (in excess of 96%), and meeting or clearly working towards all academic and personal targets. Failure on any of these points may result in an immediate stopping of the award.

Bank Accounts

Should any payments need to be made to the applicant they will be in the form of a BACS transfer, so you will need a bank account.

How to apply

  • Complete the application form at the bottom of this page
  • Attach the required evidence; details are on the form
  • Sign the declaration and hand completed papers to Mr Howell.

(If you are applying because of a financial emergency then this can be handed in at any time)

If approved, applications made by the end of September 2021 will have payments backdated to the start of term. Applications can be made after this time, but payments will only be made from the date of application.

What happens next?

All applications will be processed and any queries or missing evidence will be followed up at this point.

Applications will then be reviewed, with letters will sent out to notify the applicant of the decision.

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