16 to 19 Bursary Fund
Introduction to the 16-19 Bursary
Students in the Sixth Form, who are in need of some minor financial support, can apply to the School’s 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to assist with expenses such as travel, revision booklets and equipment for use in school. This is a fund which has been allocated directly by the Government to individual Schools to administer.
1. The Application Process:
The Application forms can be found below, but a hard copy can also be obtained from the School Finance office.
2. Deadline for Applications for the 2018-19 Academic Year
The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 14th September 2018. However, should your circumstances change during the academic year, please see the School Bursar. Please note that if you are in need of assistance in purchasing a 16+ Travel Card, please see the MGS 16+ Travel card information leaflet (available from the school website or directly from the school Finance office) for the earlier deadline date.
3. Decision Making Process
The applications will be assessed by a Panel of four and bursaries awarded on the greatest need. Applicants will be informed in writing of the Panel’s decision by the end of the following week. Should your application be successful you will be expected to sign an Attendance, Punctuality and Behaviour Agreement with the School.
Please note that if you are awarded a Bursary and your family circumstances change during the year you must notify the MGS Finance office immediately.
4. Payment and Conditions of Bursary
Payments will be made at the beginning of each new term, except for Term 1 when bursaries will be paid once the applications have been processed.
At the end of each term a review will be made of attendance, punctuality and behavior and adjustments may be made to your next allocation. For example, if a student in receipt of a bursary is late more than twice in one week without good reason, it may stop an installment of the Bursary.
5. Appeals/Complaints Procedure
You have the right to appeal and/or complain to the Chair of Governors if you feel that your case has not been given fair consideration. This must be in writing. The final decision rests with the Chair of Governors.
There are 3 Categories for the Bursary:-
The Government has identified that the students most in need will fit into the groups identified below and these students may be eligible for a Bursary of £1,200 per year:
- Students in care
- Care Leavers
- Students receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them such as a child or partner
- Students receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right
Parents/students will need to prove entitlement. This will be in the form of appropriate supporting documentation from the relevant Government Departments.
Students must also satisfy the residency criteria found in the Education Funding Agency Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide-2018-to-2019-academic-year.
Those students who do not meet the criteria for Category 1 above may fit the criteria for Category 2 or 3. This may entitle them to a small Bursary. This amount will be dependent on the number of applications for assistance and the total Bursary fund provided by the Government to the School. To be able to make application for this funding, students will have to prove that they meet some or all of the following criteria in the form of appropriate supporting documentation:
- That their parent(s) are on Income Support or other means tested benefits
- That they fulfil UK residency conditions
- That they were eligible for free school meals in year 11
That the total family income is less than £23,000 for the last financial tax year. :
If the family is experiencing unexpected long term financial difficulties which could have an impact on the student you might be eligible for some limited financial assistance. This can be for:
- Transport costs
- Books and equipment
- Educational trips
- Free school meals
Applications, in writing, should be made to Mrs M H Cook and will be treated in the strictest confidence.
IF YOU ARE AWARDED A BURSARY AND YOUR FAMILY CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE DURING THE YEAR YOU MUST NOTIFY THE MGS FINANCE OFFICE IMMEDIATELY.