Hadrian Learning Trust - Hardship Fund Policy 2022-23
Hadrian Learning Trust has established a small Hardship Fund for the 2022-23 academic year to assist families in financial need, particularly in relation to supporting students who have difficulties in paying for:
- Curriculum trips, visits, year group residential courses and other activities
- Uniform, shoes or sports kit
- Other materials or equipment to assist in academic studies (e.g. text books, calculators)
- Other necessary expenses
Note that Hardship Fund payments are not normally made towards the cost of out-of-catchment transport other than in an emergency or in exceptional circumstances.
The Hardship Fund can be applied to when other funding sources, such as pupil premium and sixth form bursary, are not available.
The Trust will consider Hardship Fund applications from any families or students who have, for whatever reason, found themselves in a position of unexpected financial difficulty though a change of circumstances. Please note that prior to applying to the Fund:
- Families are expected to have applied for free school meals if they are eligible.
- Students in receipt of free school meals and/or pupil premium should contact the Pastoral team in the first instance to identify whether funding is available under this route.
- For uniform requests, the online form should be completed (QE/HMS).
- Students in Years 12 and 13 should apply to the Bursary Fund in the first instance.
An application may be made at any point in the school year by completing the attached application form. Please read the form carefully and be aware that it may take some time for your application to be considered. If applying for help for a school trip, please ensure that you send in your application well in advance of any deposits being due – do not sign your child up to a visit on the assumption your request will be granted.
Payments from the Hardship Fund will normally be ‘in-kind’ e.g. direct provision of uniform, materials and equipment, or by contribution towards trip expenses.
Payments from the fund are discretionary and if awarded do not need to be repaid. The school’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
Contributions to the fund
Funds are topped up through fundraising and voluntary contributions. Should you wish to contribute to the Hardship Fund, this can be done by making a bank transfer to the following account:
Account name HLT Fundraising
Sort code 30-94-19
Account number 32029968
Donations can be made anonymously, but should you wish to receive acknowledgement of receipt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hardship Fund: Application form 2022-23
To download a Word copy of the application form, click here.
Please ensure you complete all the information required on this application form and return it with evidence of income or other supporting documentation (where required). Incomplete applications will be returned with the request that missing information is provided and will not be processed until completed.
Stage 1: Application completed. Email completed forms to email@example.com or return to the finance office.
Stage 2: Application reviewed.
Stage 3: Decision communicated. If the request is granted, school will arrange payment for the agreed item.