Bursary 16-19 fund
Katherine Warington Sixth form encourages students to apply for a discretionary bursary fund to help support the additional costs that KS5 learning can bring. Please click on the link to the Bursary Policy which details eligibility for accessing the fund, as well as the 16-19 Bursary Application Form which must be completed to secure funding.
16-19 Bursary Policy
The following information applies to students aged 16 to 18 on 31 August who are taking a full time (min 15 hours/week) further education course at Katherine Warington School. The 16-19 Bursary Fund is organised and administered by the school to distribute funds provided by the ESFA.
There are two categories of bursary.
1. Vulnerable Student Bursary
Bursaries are for young people in defined vulnerable groups. Full time students, who meet the criteria and who have a financial need, can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups if they are in one of the following categories:
- Students in care (‘Looked after’)
- Care leavers
- Students in receipt of income support in their own right
- Disabled students in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
This bursary will pay up to £1,200 per year. Written evidence of eligibility is required. Any relevant change of circumstances must be declared immediately. Failure to do so will result in a withdrawal of the bursary.
2. Discretionary Bursary
Discretionary Bursaries may be funds or assistance for specific educational needs such as transport, study books, stationery, laptop, uniform, meals, equipment and educational trips. The value awarded to each eligible student will not exceed £800 in any one academic year. Qualification criteria for Discretionary Bursary- Any student in Yr12 or Yr13, who is registered for Free School Meals, will automatically qualify for a bursary if they demonstrate a need (e.g.travel costs, trips, books). Other students can apply for a bursary if they are able to demonstrate that they are experiencing financial hardship and need help with specific costs of study. Written evidence of benefits will be required. Any relevant change of circumstances must be declared immediately. Failure to do so will result in a withdrawal of the bursary.
1. Students are invited to apply for bursary funding once their Sixth Form place has been confirmed by completing a KWSixth application form (Appendix 1). These completed forms specify the student’s actual financial needs.
2. These forms are to be submitted as soon as possible at the beginning of the new academic year. The deadline last school day in September.
3. Application forms are checked so that all eligible applications are presented to the Sixth form bursary committee, with the suggested allocations of bursary fund between the applicants ensuring a reserve remains.
4. A committee meeting will be held during the first week after the application deadline to review all applications together with the financial evidence. The Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher with 6th form responsibility, pastoral manager and Trustee with 6th form portfolio will decide on awarding and allocation based on perceived need, ensuring a reserve of at least £1,200 remains. The students can be notified of their bursary and funds distributed.
5. Any relevant change of circumstances must be declared immediately. Failure to do so may result in a withdrawal of the bursary.