FINANCIAL SUPPORT - GUIDANCE
Colyton Grammar School is a state-funded academy – which means that education is provided free of charge. Trustees (Governors) recognise, however, that there are indirect costs involved in a child’s education, including the following examples:
- Transport to school
- School meals
- Educational visits and activities
- Materials for e.g. Art and D&T that the student will keep
Trustees want all students to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities available at school, and this Guidance provides links to possible sources of funding and support if your household has limited income.
If you do not qualify for any of the sources of support that are covered below,Trustees will still give consideration to individual requests for assistance. Please contact Mr R Lewis, Director of Finance and Resources, by writing to the school address or using the main school email address – firstname.lastname@example.org
Available to all students (Year 7 – Year 13)
1. Free School Meals
All students who meet the criteria for Free School Meals are entitled to a free school meal up to the value of £2.30 per day. This is added to their Take 5 account at the start of each day. Any unspent funds do not carry forward. To check if you’re eligible for Free School Meals please visit: myfreeschoolmeals.
2. Bradbeer Bursary Fund
This fund is generated from the estate of a former member of staff, Sid Bradbeer. The fund is designated to support students for a range of educational activities. Full details are included in the policy which can be found using the following link: Bradbeer Bursary Fund Policy. The application form can also be found using this link: Bradbeer Bursary Fund Application Form. There is a deadline for application each term, which will be advertised to parents.
Available to Year 7 – Year 11 ONLY
1. Pupil premium account
The School receives Pupil Premium funding for students that meet either of the following criteria:
Those currently in receipt of Free School Meals
Those that have been in receipt of Free School Meals within the last 6 years
All students who meet these criteria have been granted a ‘Pupil Premium Account’ by the School and therefore have access to a maximum of £750 to support the cost of travel, educational visits, uniform etc. This amount is automatically allocated to your child, you DO NOT need to apply. To use the funds held in this account for a range of educational activities please contact the Finance Office.
Available to Year 12 and Year 13 ONLY
1. 16-19 Bursary Fund
The School receives a finite allocation directly from Central Government in order to support students aged 16-19 (Year 12 and Year 13 only). The criteria are set nationally but the fund is administered by the School and an application is required on behalf of the student for EACH year. The funds are held by the School on account and the School purchases items that meet the criteria in the policy (in much the same way as the Pupil Premium account for Year 7 to Year 11 students).
Full details are included in the policy which which can be found using the following link: 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy. The application form can be found using this link: 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form.
If you find yourself in challenging financial circumstances, it may be helpful to check if you are receiving all the welfare benefits to which you are entitled. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) provide a range of advice services on welfare benefits, money and credit problems, employment etc – click here for the CAB Devon website.
In addition, Turn2us is a charitable service (part of Elizabeth Finn Care) which helps people access the money available to them – through welfare benefits, grants and other sources.
Their website provides a free tool to check if you may be entitled to various benefits. By registering for free with Turn2us you can gain access to their Grant Search database – financial assistance and other forms of support may be available from grant-giving organisations depending on your background and circumstances. Click here for the Turn2us website, or call their free, confidential helpline on 0808-802-2000.
'The Directory of Grant Making Trusts' is published each year and is a comprehensive reference work covering 2,500 grant-making trusts, each with the potential to give at least £25,000 in total per year, collectively giving around £3 billion.
With fully updated information supplied by the trusts themselves, the entries include: geographical area supported by the trust, concise contact details, what is and what is not funded, type and range of grants made, examples of recent beneficiaries. Users can target the trusts that are most relevant to their needs.
The current directory is available in the Exeter, Exmouth, Honiton, Sidmouth and Dorchester public libraries, and in the Enquiry Centre of the library at Paul Street, Taunton.
Charge for School Activities and Remissions Policy
Trustee are required by law to have a Charges for School Activities and Remissions Policy which explains how the school will cover the cost of board and lodging for curriculum-based residential trips. See here for full details
Learner Support Funds
If you are studying for a full time course at a school sixth form and can normally travel to school on a daily basis from the parental home, you may be eligible to apply for a means tested Learner Support Bursary to help with your costs. To qualify for a bursary, you must meet the eligibility criteria - you can check this on the Devon Local Authority website: www.devon.gov.uk or contact the Learner Support Bursary Officer on Exeter (01392) 381939
Post-16 School Transport
Students eligible for the 16-19 Bursary can apply to Devon County Council for the cost of school transport to be met from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Please note this is not an additional payment, but means that the cost of the student school transport pass is paid directly by the school and the 16-19 bursary grant is reduced by the relevant amount.
Higher Education Loan
A guide to financial support for higher education students is available from www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance