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COLYTON GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Expectation & Excellence
established 1546

STUDENT SUPPORT

 

 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT - GUIDANCE

Colyton Grammar School is a state-funded academy – which means that education is provided free of charge. 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

Governors 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, Governors will still give consideration to individual requests for assistance. Please contact the Business Manager at the school, by writing to the school address or using the main school email address – admin@colytongrammar.devon.sch.uk

General Advice
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.

Free School Meals and Pupil Premium
Eligibility for Free School Meals is based on receipt of certain means-tested benefits. To check your eligibility and make an online application see the MyFreeSchoolMeals website.

The school restaurant (Take Five) operates a cashless catering system, which means that students on Free School Meals have their account topped up on a daily basis behind the scenes, and pass through the tills in exactly the same way as students who pay for their meals – there is no reason why anyone else should know.

Any student entitled to free school meals during the current academic year will have access to a Pupil Premium Fund account which can be used to pay for a variety of purchases, including voluntary contributions to educational visits, lunchtime or after-school clubs, materials for classroom use, revision guides…etc.

Further information about the Pupil Premium can be found here.

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

Bradbeer Bursary Fund
In 2008 the school received a substantial legacy from Mr Sid Bradbeer, a former member of staff who taught at the school from 1948 to 1981. Some of the funds received have been used to invest in a large photovoltaic array which generates electricity and benefits from the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme.

The income from this bequest is used for the following purposes:

  • To cover up to 50% of the residential and transport costs where students represent the school in regional or national finals of competitions
  • To cover up to 15% of the residential and transport costs of a curriculum-focused residential visit
  • Grants to individual students whose family have particular hardship, to cover up to 50% of the costs of visits and activities.
  • An application form is available here.

Grants for Sixth Form Students
16-19 Bursary Fund
The school has allocated funds which may be used for making bursary payments to students in Years 12 and 13 who may be in financial hardship.

Further information can be found at 16-19 Bursary Fund, and an application form is available here

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