The purpose of the new bursary fund is to:
- Support and retain students
- Promote a positive attitude to learning
Statement of principles
- The award of the bursary will be based on attendance and punctuality
- The bursary will be distributed fairly and consistently
- The process must be easily understood and accessible to young people
- The process will identify eligible students in a timely fashion
- The scheme will be designed to maximise the amount of the fund available to students
Statement of practice
- Bursaries Available
- Alexandra Park School will offer three types of bursary:
- Vulnerable Bursary Fund – this will be available to students who are
- Living in care aged 16 or 17
- A care leaver aged 16, 17 or 18
- Aged 16, 17 or 18 and receiving Income Support
- A young person with severe disabilities and in receipt of Income Support.
- A disabled young person in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and receiving a disability living allowance.
- Discretionary Bursary Fund – this will be available to students with low household incomes. The eligibility criteria for this bursary will be the same as for eligibility for free school meals. Currently, students will be eligible to apply for this bursary if their parents / carers receive one of the benefits or NASS support shown below:
- Income Support
- Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowances ESA(IR)
- Child Tax Credit providing you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual income as assessed by Revenues and Customs is below £16,190
- Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
- Or if you are supported by NASS and supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- Discretionary Support Fund – any student who experiences financial difficulty with meeting the costs associated with learning will be able to apply for discretionary support. Discretionary support will be available to students who meet the criteria set out below and on the application form. The funds available for discretionary support are limited. Should applications exceed the funds available, oversubscription criteria will apply (see Section 5 below).
2. How to apply - eligibility and evidence requirements
- All students wishing to be considered for a bursary or discretionary support will be required to complete an application form.
- Students applying for the Vulnerable Bursary will be required to provide evidence of their status, for example
- a letter setting out the benefit to which the applicant is entitled.
- written confirmation of the applicant’s current or previous looked-after status from the local authority which looks after them or provides their leaving care services.
- Students applying for the Discretionary Bursary will be required to provide evidence of eligibility for Free School Meals for example
- evidence of receipt of benefit
- Tax Credit Award Notice
- evidence of self-employment income.
- Students applying for discretionary support will need to provide evidence of educational need (for example, to meet the costs of a field trip) and of household income (for example evidence of receipt of benefit or tax credit, P60 etc).
- All applicants will have to show a passport or equivalent proof to demonstrate they meet the residency requirements of the scheme e.g. British Citizen, European National etc.
- All applicants will need to be studying a course that includes at least 14 hours per week of lessons.
- All applicants will need to have their own bank account.
3. Attendance and punctuality requirements
- The bursary will be distributed on the basis of a minimum attendance of 95%, excluding authorised absences (there is an expectation that all students should have 100% attendance).
- The bursary will be distributed on the basis of a maximum of one late mark per week (again there is an expectation that all students should attend all lessons and school sessions punctually).
- Students eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary will normally be paid in six instalments.
- All other students eligible for Free School Meals will also be eligible for a discretionary bursary, which will accrue on a weekly basis and be paid in half-termly instalments.
- Other students facing financial hardship will be able to apply for discretionary support during the course of the year. Although applications will be considered at any time, it is expected that applications will be considered in September and in March.
- Payments may be made in kind in appropriate circumstances – for example to cover the cost of a field trip.
- Instalments will be paid by bank account transfer (BACS).
- It is expected that instalments will be paid towards the end of each half-term in normal circumstances.
5. Oversubscription Criteria
- The bursary fund allocated to the school by the DfE / EFA is cash limited. If applications exceed the amount of money remaining in the fund the following criteria will be applied to determine decisions.
- The level of financial hardship i.e. household income and emergency circumstances.
- The level of educational need. For this purpose the following order of priorities will apply – (a) essential school trip, (b) university interview travel costs, (c) examination costs, (d) other course related materials i.e. books, special equipment etc.
- Attendance and punctuality
- The amount, if any, of bursary funding already received within the academic year.
6. Complaints procedure
- Any appeals or complaints will be considered in line with the School’s existing complaints procedure.
Alexandra Park Sixth Form operates a ‘workplace model’ attendance policy for all Sixth Form Students.
- All Sixth Form students are expected to take responsibility for their own attendance.
- All Sixth Form students must attend morning registration and every lesson that appears on their timetable.
- Medical appointments must be arranged outside of lesson time and it is never acceptable to miss lessons for other appointments (for example driving lessons or part-time job interviews). Sometimes appointments cannot be arranged outside of lessons (for example, some hospital appointments or a driving test), in which case an appointment card must be brought in to the Sixth Form office. Holidays must always be arranged outside of term time.
- In the event of an unplanned absence, for example due to illness, students must telephone the Sixth Form Attendance Office on 020 8826 4925 before 8am on the day of any absence.
Support and sanctions
- Attendance will be monitored regularly by all Sixth Form staff.
- Good attendance will be recognised and rewarded in various ways. These include communication with Tutors / Directors of Studies, Letters to Parents and, for those who meet other eligibility criteria, payment of Bursaries (both 16-19 and Discretionary).
- If a student is absent from any lesson(s) without having informed the Sixth Form Office in advance, the absence will be classified as unauthorised.
- Students will be expected to make-up for any time missed due to unauthorised absence at the earliest opportunity during their Study Periods under direct supervision of staff in the Sixth Form block. A record will be made and parents and tutors will be informed.
- Any student who persistently fails to adhere to the attendance expectations outline above will be identified as a cause for concern. Persistent failure to adhere to expectations could include:
- 3 instances of unauthorised absence
- Overall attendance below 95%
- Overall attendance below 90% for any timetabled activity
- Where attendance is deemed a cause for concern the following stages of action will apply.
- Informal meeting with Director of Studies to outline concerns and consider strategies for improvement. Support will be put in place – for example supervision of independent study time for a fixed period. Verbal warning issued.
- Formal meeting with Director of Studies and parents. Written warning issued. Contract agreed to clarify expectations and support (for example, supervised study for all periods with no timetabled lessons).
- Second formal meeting with Director of Sixth Form and parents. Final warning issued.
- If attendance issues persist, a student may not be entered for examinations and may not be able to continue in the Sixth Form.
We are delighted to offer two bursaries whilst studying at Alexandra Park Sixth Form. There is the 'Learner Support Fund' and the STEM Bursary.
For further information and the application form, please visit the appropriate pages below:
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