The 16 – 19 bursary can be applied for from the September after your son/daughter turns 16. If you are eligible for the full bursary, school could draw down £1200 worth of funding that can be used in many ways which can include transport costs, school trips, school lunch costs and specific equipment purchases.
Your son/daughter must be in receipt of Universal Credit (UC) and DLA/PIP to be eligible for the bursary and it is not means tested. There is no cost to apply for either yourselves or school. The bursary money comes from a specific fund that is not connected to the school budget. There is potentially a pot of money waiting to be accessed so don’t delay.
Both DLA/PIP and UC need to be in place before an application can be made and this can take time to arrange, so if you can get this in place before the September you wish to apply, that would be beneficial.
Claiming UC for your son or daughter can affect some of the other benefits the household currently claim and you will need to consider which works best for you and your family. For more information or advice, you can contact DIAL (Disability Information and Advice Line) and they can give you more information. They can be contacted on 0121 770 0333 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) directly.
Once eligible, applying for the bursary is easy, just complete the Vulnerable Learner application and send in the relevant supporting documents.
On applying for the Vulnerable Learner bursary, please be aware that you may be required to return to Reynalds Cross School any items purchased using the bursary fund at the end of your child’s course of study, if the items are deemed to be useful for other students at the school. This is at the discretion of the governors and the Head Teacher.
If your son/daughter is not eligible for the full, Vulnerable Learner bursary, there is a discretionary element that you may be eligible for. This is a smaller pot of money that is set aside to cover the requests of a number of students so the amounts that can be paid out are smaller, one off payments. If there is a specific item that you would like to purchase, you may be able to receive a grant for part of the full cost.
There are priority groups Discretionary Bursary for applications, these are:
1.Students in receipt of free school meals
2. A low income family where someone is in receipt of one of the following:
- Income support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- ESA (income related)
- Support under part VI of the immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of Pension Credit
- The maximum level of working tax credit with zero reduction due to income
- Child tax credit if it is the only benefit received, and where annual income, as assessed by the Inland Revenue does not exceed £16,190
- Universal Credit
The Discretionary Bursary application form is also at the back of the pack.
Applications can be made at any point in the year for both the Vulnerable Learner and Discretionary elements, however, if they can be completed earlier in the academic year, the more scope there is to use the money effectively across the year, as needed.
If you have any questions, would like and application pack sent home, or want to discuss the bursary in more detail, please contact Janine Jenkins, our Transition Family Support Worker on 0121 707 3012 or alternatively, contact our Finance Assistant, Sally O’Brien via the main school office.