Apply now for the 16-19 bursary scheme 2016 – 2017

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If you are starting Year 12, 13 or 14 at a Newcastle secondary school or academy in September 2016 you might be entitled to a bursary to help with costs during term time.

Apply now for the 16 to 19 Bursary Scheme 2016-17 (Word, 200kb)

What is the 16 to 19 school bursary scheme?

16 to 19 bursary schemes were introduced to help provide financial help to young people aged 16 to 19 who face financial barriers to participating in education or training. To receive a bursary young people must meet agreed standards of attendance and behaviour.

In Newcastle the majority of our secondary schools/academies have agreed a joint scheme called the Newcastle schools’ 16 to 19 bursary scheme. The scheme is being administered on behalf of most of the schools/academies by Newcastle City Council.

Other post-16 providers in Newcastle and the surrounding area operate their own bursary schemes and they will be able to give you further information on their schemes.

Who is eligible for the bursary scheme?

The Newcastle schools’ 16 to 19 bursary scheme offers two types of bursary. You can only apply for one type, depending on your personal circumstances.

Standard bursary

To be eligible for the standard bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  • attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  • be starting Year 12, 13 or 14 in September 2016
  • be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016
  • Living in a household with an annual income (including benefits and tax credits) below £21,858 before tax and national insurance or between £21,858.00 and £25,000.00
  • If you live in a household with an income of £21,858.00 or less than (including benefits) you will be eligible for a standard bursary and will receive £15 per week.
  • If you live in a household with an income of between £21,858.00 and £25,000.00 less than (including benefits) you will be eligible for a bursary and will receive £10 per week.

Enhanced bursary

To be eligible for the enhanced bursary you must meet all four of the following conditions:

  1. attend a school in Newcastle which is part of the scheme
  2. be starting Year 12,13 or 14 in September 2016
  3. be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016
  4. belong to one of the following groups:
  • be in care; or
  • have left care having been in care for a minimum of 3 months since the age of 14; or
  • receiving income support or Universal Credit in their own right; or
  • receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

Weekly amounts are paid during term time (up to 39 weeks each academic year) and will be paid in arrears.

If you are eligible for the enhanced bursary you will entitled to £1,200 paid in instalments in arrears during term time only.

How much will I get?

The Newcastle schools’ 16 to 19 bursary scheme offers three types of bursary. You can only apply for one type, depending on your personal circumstances.

  • For the standard bursary you will be entitled to receive £15 per week whilst in year 12 and £17.22 per week whilst in year 13 or 14. This is paid during term time (up to 39 weeks) and is paid in arrears.
  • Please note: We are aware there may be changes in benefits in the coming year including the introduction of Universal Credit. If this applies to you please send all recent correspondence relating to the amount of benefit you receive.  Further information on benefits can be found at the GOV.uk website.
  • If you are eligible for the enhanced bursary you will be entitled to £1,200 paid in instalments in arrears during term time only.

Is my school part of the Newcastle schools’ scheme?

The following schools are all part of this scheme.

  • Benfield School
  • Excelsior Academy
  • Gosforth Academy
  • Heaton Manor School
  • Kenton School
  • Sir Charles Parsons School
  • St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Comprehensive School
  • Studio West School
  • Thomas Bewick School
  • Walbottle Campus
  • Walker Technology College

What can I use the bursary for?

The bursary is to help with costs related to your studies e.g. transport, books equipment or other miscellaneous costs associated with your course.

Are there any conditions attached to the scheme?

Yes. Your school will expect you to have good attendance and that you will demonstrate good behaviour whilst at school. They will discuss a ‘Learner Agreement’ that will set out the standards of attendance and behaviour that will expect.  Your bursary award will be conditional on you meeting the requirements of your Learner Agreement.

How do I apply?

If you are applying for the standard bursary (Word, 200.5kb) your parent or carer also needs to complete part of the form and evidence will need to be provided on your financial or living situation to support your application. Please do not send original documentation through the post. You can arrange for your parent or yourself to take original evidence to a Customer Service Centre to be copied and forwarded to the Council’s bursary assessment team – see details below. We will accept photocopies via the post or scanned/electronic copies via e mail.

What happens when I use a Customer Services Centre?

A Customer Services representative will photocopy any original documentation and send it along with your completed form to the assessment team. This is not a checking process and the assessment team will contact you in the event of any queries.

There is a network of four Customer Service Centres across Newcastle:

Civic Centre
Sandyford Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8QH

East End
83-85 Shields
Road Byker
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 1DL

Outer West
Denton Park Shopping Centre
West Denton Way
West Denton
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE5 2QZ

West End
Condercum Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 9JH

Please check opening times of your local Customer Service Centres.

When do I need to apply by and how will I hear the outcome?

We will accept 16-19 Bursary application forms from Monday 25 July 2016 onwards and the deadline for applying is Monday 26 September 2016. We will consider late applications, but these will be considered after we have processed all the applications received on time.  

Late applicants will not receive payments at the same time as everyone who applied on time.

We will write to you to tell you the outcome of your application.

We will also contact you if we need more information from you to process your application.

What happens if I think the decision is wrong?

If you think we have incorrectly assessed your eligibility, write to us at schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk giving student name, date of birth and school attended. You can also write to us at the postal address in the contact us section.

When will my payments start?

When your application is approved, we will send you a schedule confirming the dates when you will be paid.

Payments will be made in arrears starting in December.

Payments will only be made after your school confirms you have met the terms of your Learner Agreement.

How will you pay me?

Payments will be made into your own bank account by a process called BACS transfer.

It is essential that you have a bank account in your name as payments can only be made into your own account via a bank transfer. Cash payments will not be made.

It is important that you make sure that your bank or building society is able to accept BACS transfer before you provide your bank account details. Post Office accounts and some Credit Unions do not accept BACS payments.

How long will I receive payments for?

As long as your school confirms that you are meeting the terms of your Learner Agreement, payments will continue for the duration of the school year 2015/16.

New applications must be submitted for consideration every year. The terms of the scheme may change for school year 2017/18.

There is no guarantee that you will receive funding next year even if you are eligible this year. You won’t receive any funding next year (2017/18) unless you reapply.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

If you have any questions about the Newcastle schools’ 16 to 19 bursary scheme you should in the first instance speak to your school.

You can also contact the 16-19 Bursary assessment team:

Phone: 0191 2116992
Email: schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk
Post: Newcastle Schools 16 to 19 Bursary, Newcastle City Council, Room 213, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

Where can I get more information on 16 to 19 bursary schemes?

General information on bursary schemes is available on the Direct.Gov website – https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund

What happens if my financial or living circumstances change?

If you have a change of personal circumstances such as a change of address or household income, you must let us know immediately in writing.

Any over payments will be repayable.

You can write to us at:

Email: schoolbursaries@newcastle.gov.uk
Post: Newcastle Schools 16 to 19 Bursary, Newcastle City Council, Room 213, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.

If you change your bank account details you must also write to us immediately. We will need to check your signature against your original application so we can only accept changes to banking details received by post.

If you leave school before completing your course, your payments will be stopped.

If you transfer to another school within the Newcastle schools’ scheme, you must let us know in writing and we will resume payments if you meet the terms of their Learner Agreement.

If you transfer to another school or post-16 provider which isn’t in our scheme, such as Newcastle College, you will need to ask them about their own bursary scheme. Please be aware that their terms and conditions and payments may be different to ours.

Please note, this is a joint application made by the student and their parents/carers. All correspondence will be sent to the student unless the assessment team are advised otherwise.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are benefits classed as household income?

Yes, benefits should be classed as income and if they alone, or in conjunction with salary/other income, amount to over £25,000 you will not be eligible for the bursary.

Are tax credits classed as income?

Yes, any tax credits received should be classed as income and if they alone, or in conjunction with salary/other income, amount to over £25,000 you will not be eligible for the bursary.

Do I declare child benefit for all children living at the address?

Yes, please include all child benefit received as a household, not just that paid in respect of the applicant.

What evidence do I require?

Please include the most recent evidence you have, ideally from within the last three months, of all income. If you have any queries regarding what is required, please contact the assessment team.

Is Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment taken into account?

Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments payable in respect of children/adults/parents/guardians is not counted as income for the purposes of the assessment.

If Child Tax Credit has an enhanced element due to other members of the family this benefit is counted as income.

Page last updated: 
19 August 2016
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