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Financial help

We want as many students as possible to experience the benefit of learning at Sir Isaac Newton, and free of worries about their financial position.

Students can access a range of funding options to help them in their studies, from Goverment-funded bursaries to in-kind help like travel discounts.

16-19 bursary fund

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-19 year olds – to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government funded full time or part-time courses, who are aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age at the start of the academic year (31 August) and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Students who are looked after (in care), are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independent Payments).
  • Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education.  This group includes students with physical or other disabilities, medical conditions and/or learning difficulties and lone parents as well as those on low household incomes.

Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

  • Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age at the start of the academic year (31 August)
  • Students who do not meet the residency qualifications

How does Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary Funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the sixth form will prioritise allocation.  There are three priority groups, categorised as follows:

Priority 1

Students who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Are currently in care (as defined by Social Services).
  • Are leaving or have recently left care.
  • Are in receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their own name.
  • Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independent Payments) in their own name.

Eligible students will be awarded a bursary of £1,200 so long as they are attending a course lasting 30 weeks or more and are attending a course full time. 

Priority 2

Students who fall into the following category:

  • Have a gross annual household income of up to £16,190 (the threshold for free school meals).

Eligible students in this group may be eligible for a contribution towards the costs of:

  • Books and stationery
  • Meals
  • Travel e.g. use of a bus service or contribution to purchase of a bicycle.
  • Specialist equipment, including ICT, & materials
  • Other, e.g. uniform, trips and childcare.

The sum awarded to eligible students will be subject to the number and type of applications received, and the courses undertaken.

Payments will be made only on receipt of a receipted claim for approved purchases and will be subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour.  Alternatively, the sixth form will arrange purchases direct on behalf of the student subject to advance agreement on what is required.

On receipt of the award, students will be required to agree, in writing, that they will apply the funding for the intended purposes and that they understand payments are likely to be withheld or reduced should their attendance or behaviour be unsatisfactory.

Priority 3

Students who fall into the following category:

  • Have a gross annual household income of between £16,190 and £21,000.

Those in this priority category will be considered for funding subject to available funding after those in the Priority 1 and Priority 2 groups have been awarded.In some cases, awards may not be made until after 31 December. Awards may be made towards the same cost categories listed in Priority 2 above.

Payments will be made only on receipt of a receipted claim for approved purchases and will be subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour.  Alternatively, the sixth form will arrange purchases direct on behalf of the student subject to advance agreement on what is required.

On receipt of the award, students will be required to agree, in writing that they will apply the funding for the intended purposes and that they understand payments may be withheld or reduced should their attendance or behaviour be unsatisfactory.

Courses lasting less than 30 weeks

For courses lasting less than 30 weeks the sixth form will award an appropriate proportion of the indicated bursary. The sixth form will also consider pro-rata payments for part time courses.

Exceptional circumstances

If a student believes they have exceptional circumstances that warrant financial support outside the criteria set in this policy document they should discuss this with the Sixth Form Administration Support Officer in the first instance, e.g. the student’s family income falls just outside the bandings set but the courses they are participating in have particularly high costs, e.g. of equipment or specialist clothing.

Changes in financial circumstances

If during the year a students’ eligibility to a bursary changes due to changed financial circumstances of the household this should be identified to the Director of Sixth form. Depending on the circumstances an adjustment may be made to the bursary award.

Returning of books and equipment

Books, equipment, including any ICT, and uniform purchased through the bursary scheme must be returned to the sixth form at the end of the course in order that they can be re-used for the benefit of other students. Any exceptions must be agreed by the principal.