When you join us in September our specialist team of tutors will help you to settle in quickly. You will have a personal tutor and be part of a small tutorial group, which meets regularly. Here you will make new friends and explore topics such as study skills, personal development and career aspirations. Every term you will discuss your progress with your tutor. In this way your tutor will get to know you well and be able to give appropriate advice on any study or personal problems you may experience. Interim reports with targets for improvement are a regular feature and your parents will be invited to discuss your progress at Parents’ Evenings. They may also make individual appointments with staff at any time. The Head and Assistant Head of Sixth Form are always available to offer further support and advice and there is a special programme for those students who wish to apply to Oxford or Cambridge colleges.
We are fully committed to supporting students with special educational needs. Prospective students with specific learning needs or physical impairment are encouraged to contact the school, prior to enrolment in the Sixth Form, so that we can make the necessary arrangements before the start of term.
1 - Student Bursary Fund
The student bursary fund aims to help and support students enrolled in the school Sixth Form who face the greatest barriers to learning, and to ensure that students can fully participate in and benefit from the 16-19 curriculum provision.
If you fall into one of the priority categories listed below, you may be able to benefit from the bursary scheme.
Students who fall into one of the following groups:
In receipt of Income Support
Disabled students in receipt of Disability Living Allowance AND Employment support allowance
These students would receive a guaranteed bursary of £1200. This would be allocated in two parts:
Payment ‘in kind’ to cover the cost of travel, food and course requirements
Payment will be subject to attendance criteria and a learning agreement
Students whose household income is below £16190 (Working Tax Credits/Free School Meals threshold)
Students will be allocated funds for specific educational purposes which will cover:
Cost of transport
Books and equipment
Payment will be made every 4 weeks and be subject to attendance criteria and a learning agreement.
Amount paid will be dependent on student numbers in this category and funds available
Students who do not qualify in categories A or B but face extreme financial barriers which requires support
Students apply for funds to meet a short term or specific educational need
This will be subject to funds being available. Students in categories A & B will be given the first priority.
Funding may be provided on a match-funded basis
For category B and C, this will be subject to funds being available and the number of student applications.
Satisfy the residency criteria.
Be enrolled on a full time programme of study at Heckmondwike Grammar School.
Be aged under 19 years of age on 31st August 2012.
Have a bank account in your name, in order to receive payments.
To continue to receive a bursary the student must satisfy the following conditions:
100% attendance at all timetabled lessons
The student must not have broken the terms of the Sixth Form Learning Agreement
If you feel that you are eligible for funding from anyof the above categories, please complete an application form (available from Mrs Minto, or via the website)
Bring the completed application form to Mrs Minto, together with supporting evidence which must be the original documents. Once your application has been processed the original documents willbe returned to you. Decisions the allocation of funds will be made in writing.
Closing date for applications for categories A and B is FRIDAY 21st September
Applications for category C can be made at any time.
However, if there is a sudden change in your financial cirsumstances, and you require immediate assistance, an applicaiton form can be submitted at any time.
You are entitled to reduced bus and rail fares in West Yorkshire while you are in full-time education in the Sixth Form. Application forms are available from the Sixth Form office and, once completed, you need to provide proof of identity (your birth certificate, medical car or passport) and a passport-sized photo. These are taken with the form to the issuing office in Heckmondwike to receive your travel card.
3 - University interviews
Students called for University interviews can claim up to a maximum of £30. The letter inviting you to interview together with travel receipts should be submitted to Dr Gregson.