16-19 Bursary

June 2017

Dear Parents

16+ Travel Card scheme

If your child is aged 16-19 during the period 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018 and will be in full-time education then you may apply for a 16+ Travel Card for them to use on buses across Kent. This card is organised by KCC and the School has no involvement in the arrangements/timescales.

New applications or renewals should NOT be sent to the School – they can only be accepted directly from the student.  Renewals are not automatic. Applications for 16+ Travel Cards should be made online at www.kent.gov.uk/post16travel and KCC’s application deadline is 14 July.

As soon as you have applied for a pass on the KCC website, please send an email to info@srms.kent.sch.uk stating your child’s name and form. We will then make it possible for you to pay for the Travel Card via the School Gateway, in a single payment of £400.  Please do not send money directly to the School’s bank account.

KCC’s website mentions the following:

  • Payment in instalments – unfortunately, the School is unable to offer this facility
  • Contributions from the school – the School offers the 16-19 bursary scheme, with bursaries for the 2017/18 academic year being awarded in late September 2017 provided applications are made for the scheme are made by Friday 8 September.  Students awarded a bursary may put some/all of the bursary money towards the cost of their card.  Full information on this year’s bursary scheme are being sent with this letter, and will be posted on the School website.  We regret that Government rules regarding the management of the bursary scheme mean that the School cannot make awards prior to a student commencing their year of studies in September, nor can it pre-judge the views of the bursary panel.

KCC will provide the School with a list of applicants for us to verify, and then send us the cards.  The School will issue the student’s card only when the £400 has been paid via the School Gateway.

 

Yours sincerely

Lee Hunter

Headteacher

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16-19 Bursary Fund Policy 2017/2018

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is allocated to schools, aimed at students who would be unable to stay in education without financial help for things like transport, meals, books and equipment.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive a bursary the student must be under 19 years of age on 31 August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study and must satisfy the residency criteria in the EFA Funding Guidance 2015/2016.  To continue to receive a bursary the student must:

  • have no unauthorised and unexplained absences from lessons
  • abide by the expectations set out in the Student Learning Agreement

Level One – Vulnerable Bursary

How much?

Up to £1,200 per year

Who?

Young people in care; care leavers; young people in receipt of Income Support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) in place of IS, in their own right;  disabled young people in receipt of Employment & Support Allowance or UC and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments, in their own right.

How paid?

BACS transfer to the student

Level Two – Discretionary Bursary

How much?

Up to a maximum of £750 per year (likely to be paid in instalments or for specific goods/travel)

Who?

Students receiving Free School Meals in Year 11; families receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Income Support, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit

How paid?

Students apply for funds for specific educational purposes (see below).  A Panel comprising a Deputy Head, the School Business Manager and the designated Student Grants Governor will assess each claim and authorise payments.  Payments will be made by cheque, made out to the student.

Level Three - Discretionary Bursary

How much?

Up to a maximum of £200 per year (likely to be paid as instalments or a one-off payment)

Who?

Those with an identifiable financial need who do not fall into Levels One or Two above, but who may find it difficult to stay in education or could be deemed at a disadvantage when compared to others if their need was not met.

How paid?

Students apply for funds for specific educational purposes (see below), and demonstrate how relatives/guardians will match the payments. A Panel comprising a Deputy Head, the School Business Manager and the designated Student Grants Governor will assess each claim and authorise payments.  Payments will be made by cheque, made out to the student.

Application Process for all Bursaries

Students are requested to apply for a Bursary in writing, addressed to the Student Grants Panel, and delivered to the post box outside the Front Office.  The application should explain what the bursary is required for, how much each requested element is anticipated to cost, and why they think they are eligible.  Evidence to support eligibility must be provided alongside the written application.

For a Level One Bursary, the School must have evidence that the student is in care/a care leaver, or there should be proof of him/her receiving the benefits stated in the relevant section above.

For a Level Two Bursary, there should be proof of parental income and proof of means tested benefits.

For a Level Three Bursary, proof that the family is in receipt of child benefit is likely to be sufficient.  In both cases, proof should be in the form of copies of a benefit book, NHS Tax Credit exemption card, bank statements, a letter from the Department of Work & Pensions, pay slips, or if self-employed, authorised evidence of income.  Please do not supply the original documents! Students should also include a signed commitment from a parent/guardian or other relative, committing to match the bursary fund’s contribution in funding the educational purposes for which the bursary is requested.

Specific Educational Purposes for which a Bursary may be allocated are:

  • Cost of transport
  • Meals in school
  • Books and equipment
  • Educational trips, including University Open Days

Level Two and Three payments may be in vouchers e.g. a school meal ticket, help towards train travel, books etc.

For the avoidance of confusion, applications must be made by the student, and payments are made to them personally.  The School will not consider applications from parents, nor will payments be made to anyone other than the student in question.

Deadline

The Panel will sit in September, January and May each year.

The initial deadline for applications is Friday 8 September for a decision within a fortnight of that date. 

Applications received after that date, and before Friday 22 September, will be for decision in early October.

Applications received after Friday 22 September will be considered at the next available panel meeting – January or May as appropriate.

 

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