The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund

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The 16 – 19 Bursary Fund 2017-09-12T11:09:44+00:00

Coloma Convent Girls’ School 16-19 Bursary Fund Guidelines 2017/2018

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available to Coloma through the government’s funding body, the Education Funding Agency. It is designed to help and support any students who face financial barriers to full participation in sixth form education. Students may be eligible for financial support with extra books, equipment, educational visits, transport costs, field trips, university visits, exam re-sit fees etc. Awards in 2015-16 ranged in value from £200 to £780.

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  • A vulnerable bursary of up to £1200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups ( *see below for further details )
  • Discretionary bursaries that are awarded by the Bursary Panel to meet individual needs.

Eligibility Criteria

Coloma will provide discretionary bursary awards according to the following criteria:

  1. Students who qualify for free school meals
  2. Students whose families receive income-related benefits
  3. Students with an annual household income of less than £24,000 per year
  4. Students who are young carers
  5. Students whose parents have experienced a redundancy in the last twelve months
  6. Cases of hardship or difficulty (at the discretion of the Coloma Bursary Panel)

Evidence will be required in all cases

Conditions for Receipt

Students who have been awarded bursaries will be required to sign a written agreement to the following conditions:

  • Excellent attendance (at least 95%)
  • Punctuality at all registrations and lessons
  • Appropriate behaviour (full observance of the Sixth Form Contract of Commitment)
  • Consistent achievement of academic targets in all subjects

Payment may be suspended if these conditions are not met.

Applications

The Bursary Application Form for the academic year 2017-18 is available below. This gives further information about the eligibility criteria and the evidence needed by the Panel. Applications should be submitted by Friday 29th September 2017. However students are encouraged to apply for a bursary if there is a change in family circumstances during the academic year which is likely to affect a family’s ability to cover financial costs in the sixth form. All requests for financial support in Years 12 and 13 are now dealt with through the bursary scheme. Applications under category 6 may be submitted at any time during the academic year. Please note that the Bursary Fund is limited and will close when the funds allocated have been spent.

All applications will be dealt with in confidence and a member of staff will be available at the beginning of the Autumn term to answer questions and/or provide support with applications.

* Vulnerable bursaries

Most students who receive support from the bursary will receive a tailored award from the discretionary bursary fund. Students in one or more of the groups below need more support and can apply for a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200. The eligible groups are students who are: