16-19 Bursary Fund

16-19 Bursary Fund – Policy 2023 to 2024

Policy Overview

At Bacon's College, we are committed to supporting our students in overcoming financial barriers to education. The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is designed to assist students in addressing specific financial challenges they may face, ensuring their continued participation in education. This fund is tailored to cover actual participation costs, and decisions are made based on individual circumstances and financial needs.


Funding Source and Administration

Funding for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is provided by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and administered by Bacon's College. Our school conducts financial assessments for each applicant and manages bursaries in accordance with the ESFA's Bursary Fund Guide for 2023/24.


Types of Bursaries

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

  1. Bursaries for Defined Vulnerable Groups (Up to £1,200 a year): These bursaries are awarded to students with financial needs who fall into specific vulnerable groups, including those in care, care leavers, recipients of Income Support or Universal Credit for self-support or dependent support, and recipients of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments, as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit.
  2. Discretionary Bursaries: These bursaries are awarded to students to help cover expenses such as travel, essential books, equipment, or specialised clothing. Like defined vulnerable group bursaries, these awards are based on individual financial needs.


Application and Eligibility

To be eligible for any bursary, students must be aged 16 or over but under 19 as of August 31, 2023, for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students aged 19 or older are eligible for a discretionary bursary only if they continue on a study programme initiated at age 16 to 18 or if they have an Education, Health, and Care Plan. Residency criteria in line with ESFA funding regulations for post-16 provision must also be met.

Applications should be submitted by October 31, 2023, and will be assessed by the Bursary Committee. We set aside 20% of our Discretionary Bursary allocation to accommodate changes in circumstances and late requests received after the deadline.


Conditions and Expectations

Bacon's College reserves the right to withhold the bursary if students do not meet attendance and behaviour expectations. Students should maintain an attendance rate of at least 95% and serve as role models for younger students. Effective time management and keeping up with assignments and homework are also expected.

Please note that continuous absence of four weeks or more (excluding holidays) and voluntary withdrawal from a study programme may result in the suspension of payments. Additionally, any books or equipment provided by the school must be returned at the end of the study programme.


Complaints and Exceptional Circumstances

If you have concerns about how your bursary application is handled, please refer to our Complaints Policy on the school website. In exceptional circumstances not covered by this policy, students and parents/carers may apply for a discretionary bursary in writing to the Head of Sixth Form, providing specific circumstances and supporting documentation.

At Bacon's College, we are dedicated to supporting our students' education and ensuring fair and transparent financial assistance.

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