There are three main bursaries for students to access:
General Bursary of £1,200 which goes to:
- people in care
- care leavers
- people claiming income support
- disabled young people who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
These are payments made by Twynham School. Most of these payments will be equivalent to £40 a week. The school also has the right to provide lump sums or smaller weekly payments. In order to be fair in the allocation of these funds, the following criteria will be used for identifying who is eligible:-
a. Students who are eligible for free school meals
b. Students who are within the Discretionary Bursary Fund criteria (see below).
Specific Bursary Support
This fund provides financial support at specific times for a student during their course of study. This may include a change in circumstances that creates an immediate need for financial support. See details below.
Applications for the General Bursary and the Discretionary Bursary need to be made by Monday, 19th September 2016 and payments will be backdated to the start of term.
Applications for Specific Bursary Support can be made at any time during the course of the academic year.
Specific Bursary Support Fund
This fund is available at any time during the academic year and is provided as a ‘one off’ payment to the student. This fund is aimed at those students who face a change in circumstances that creates specific financial problems of a short term nature.
Applicants need to complete a ‘Specific Bursary Support Fund’ form. Applications are then considered by a panel comprised of the Headteacher, the School Resources Manager and the Director of Sixth Form.
Discretionary Bursary Fund Criteria
A student whose parents/guardians receive any of the following is entitled to a discretionary bursary support:
Income Support (IS)
Employment Support Allowance (Income Related)
Child tax Credit, provided that they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and that they have an annual taxable income (as assessed by The Inland Revenue) which from 6 April 2011 does not exceed £16,190.
Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA)
Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Students who receive these benefits in their own right are also entitled to discretionary bursary fund support.
Evidence must be dated within three months of an application. If there is no recent proof, a previous award letter will be acceptable if it is accompanied by a recent bank or Post Office account statement showing benefits paid.
Students in receipt of Free School Meals need to provide the Free School meals letter of confirmation and evidence of benefits received.
As a student progresses into Year 13, they need to reapply for bursary payments for the following year. This process needs to be completed before the end of Year 12.