Finance after Ark Putney Academy
For most students, the cost of going to university is deferred – this is done by applying for student finance. You then receive loans to cover the cost of your tuition fees and living expenses. Importantly, the loans are offered at a relatively low rate of interest and you do not start to pay back the loans until you are employed and earning a good salary (currently £21,000). For more information about student finance visit www.gov.uk/student-finance.
Students at Ark’s sixth forms are also able to apply to the Ark University Bursary Programme. This programme gives out dozens of awards each year ranging from £30,000 over three years of study to £3,000 over one year of study.
16-19 Tuition Fund
The 16 to 19 tuition fund is a fund for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. It is ring fenced funding for schools, colleges and all other 16 to 19 providers to support small group tuition for 16 to 19 students in English, maths, and other courses where learning has been disrupted. Although the actual tuition does not need to be for GCSE English or maths, the students supported need to be those who had not achieved grade 4 or above in at least one of those subjects at this level by age 16 or living in an area of economic disadvantage. All supported students must be on a 16 to 19 study programme and have had their learning disrupted from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You should have regard to the needs of students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), particularly where they have experienced additional disruption to learning as a result of their specific needs and disabilities.
Ark Putney Academy is eligible to receive over £7,000 from this fund for small group tuition, following the guidance. A small group should be no more than five students for this purpose and may take the form of 1-1 in-person tutoring or online tutoring services. This tutoring may be to support students to prepare for examination or non-examined assessed (NEA) components.
Ark Putney Academy is also using this fund to provide additional English and Maths small-group in-person, or 1-1 online classes with subject specialists. The purpose is to enable these students to secure a pass in their GCSE re-takes in English and/or Maths by the end of Year 12.