The Blythe Bridge High School and Sixth Form 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help and support any student who faces financial barriers to participation in education and training, such as costs of transport, food or equipment.
The scheme is divided into two parts:
Section 1: Vulnerable Bursary
This bursary is up to £1,200 a year and is paid weekly. It will be awarded to:
We will require proof that you are eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary, therefore you will need to provide a letter from your local authority showing you’re in care or a care leaver or a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions showing the benefits that you currently receive (these must be in the student’s own name). The evidence must not state any conditions that prevent you from participating in further education or training. For students in receipt of UC, we must also see a tenancy agreement in the student’s name, a child benefit receipt, children’s birth certificates and utility bills.
Blythe Bridge High School Sixth Form students who do not qualify for the full Nominated Bursary may be eligible for funding through our Discretionary Bursary fund. Please see details below:
Section 2A: Discretionary Bursary including Free Meals (benefits-based assessment)
To be eligible for the Discretionary Bursary with free meals you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:
Section 2B: Discretionary Bursary Only
You can apply for the Discretionary Bursary if:
|Income Source||Evidence Required|
|Monthly Earnings||4 weekly/3 monthly current salary slips.|
|Self Employed Earnings||SA302/Latest Tax Return/Audited Accounts|
|Income Support/Universal Credit||Latest award letter issued since April 2021 *|
|Employment & Support Allowance||Latest award letter issued since April 2021 *|
|Job Seekers Allowance||Latest award letter issued since April 2021 *|
|Incapacity Benefit/Universal Credit||Latest IB award letter issued since April 2021*
UC – All pages of your last Universal Credit payment letter
|Child Tax/Working Tax Credits||All Pages of Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602) *|
|Guaranteed Pension Credit||Most recent letter issued since April 2021 *|
|Disability Living Allowance/ PIP
(Personal Independence Payment)
|Latest award letter issued since April 2021 *|
|Other Income||Relevant and up to date supporting evidence|
All supporting documents received are kept strictly confidential.
Please use this section to help us to understand any exceptional circumstances which are causing the student financial hardship.
Eligible students must be under 19 on 31 August 2021. Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Students in one of the defined vulnerable groups will receive a payment of up to £1200 for the academic year, payable in regular instalments. We aim to pay for items ‘in kind’ where possible, rather than making payments directly to students.
Students in receipt of a discretionary bursary will generally receive payments ‘in kind’, based on their needs, for example – provision of a bus pass, payment for exam resits, provision of equipment or books or contribution towards payments for educational visits. Dependent upon individual circumstances, the Bursary Fund will pay the full cost or only a proportion, with the balance being paid by the learner. Purchases must be agreed prior to them being made and receipts will need to be provided.
Students’ attendance will be monitored on a weekly basis; if 100% attendance is not achieved students will be issued with a weekly attendance sheet, every Monday. These need to be checked and signed by relevant teaching staff and returned to Mrs Hodgkinson within four weeks of issue.
Receipt of bursary funding does not affect receipt of other means-tested benefits paid to families, such as Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Benefit, Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.
Is there a deadline to apply for the bursary?
Vulnerable Bursary – there is no deadline. However, we will be able to offer assistance and arrange regular payments if you apply for the funding early in the year.
Discretionary Bursary – again, there is no deadline. However, the discretionary bursary is a limited sum of money allocated to the sixth form. When our allocation has been spent, no further applications for support can be considered. We encourage students to submit their applications at the start of the autumn term. All applications will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis.
How do I apply?
If you believe that you may be eligible for a payment from the 16 -19 Bursary Fund, please complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form. This can be obtained from Mrs Hodgkinson or via the sixth form website. Once the form has been completed and signed, it must be returned to Mrs Hodgkinson for your claim to be processed. Forms received without the correct evidence will result in a delay in processing your application.
The sixth form will endeavour to notify all applicants of receipt of application forms as soon as possible. Acknowledgement of receipt is not confirmation of approval for the bursary.
Do I have the right to appeal?
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your application, you have the right to appeal against the decision. You should submit an appeal in writing to Miss Alford within 10 working days of receiving the decision, stating fully your reasons. Please note that additional evidence may be required to support your appeal. You will be advised of the outcome of the appeal within 14 working days of the decision. This decision is final and there is no further appeal beyond this point.
What should I do if my circumstances change?
If there are changes in circumstances which may affect the eligibility for the bursary, applicants or parents/carers must notify the sixth form immediately. If false or incomplete information is given, you will have to repay the award.
Free Sixth Form Meals
Can I get free Sixth Form meals?
The government have provided funding for free meals in Further Education from September 2014. You will be eligible for free school meals if you or your parents receive at least one of the following benefits: