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Bursary Fund (16-19)

 The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a scheme to help students facing financial hardship to continue in full-time education after Year 11

To qualify, a student must be aged 16 and under 19 on the 31st August at the start of the academic year in which he/she starts a programme of study; they must also be on full-time programme of study.


The scheme comprises two parts:

A High Priority Bursary- Band 1

Students will receive a guaranteed bursary of a minimum of £1,200 a year. This includes young people in care, care leavers, young people receiving income support, young people receiving universal credit in their own name and disabled young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance/PIP. Young people eligible for income support will include some teenage parents, and young people estranged from their families.

A Discretionary Bursary (split into different bands dependent upon household income) available for students in need of financial support to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses. Eligibility for a Discretionary Bursary is based on household income (verified by Tax credit or a P60).

Band 2 – Annual income of £20,000 or less.  Students will receive free school meals and a monthly allowance subject to attendance, conduct and attitude to learning.  The allowance must be used for: educational purposes, exam resits, university open days and interviews and educational visits.

Band 3 – Annual household income of £20,000 to £25,000.  Students will receive a free school meal.  Students are eligible for Band 3 if they have received Free School Meals in Year 11 and can provide proof of receipt of benefits in their household.

Students receiving Band 1, 2 or 3 Bursaries will also be able to claim for assistance with costs for clothing, equipment and essential educational visits if they are undertaking certain courses with high expenditure expected such as CACHE, Art, Photography and Geography.

An Educational Support Grant may be available for students not eligible for the High Priority and Discretionary Bursaries but in need of financial support with specific costs to enable them to stay in education and complete their courses successfully.  Once granted, funds may be used towards:

  • Books/equipment/materials/specialist clothing
  • Field trips and visits related to courses
  • UCAS fees and travel expenses for Higher Educational Visits
  • Exam Resits

How to Apply

Click here for the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form. This should be completed and submitted to Student Services.  (Paper copies are available from Student Services).

The application will cover a one year period that a student is enrolled in the Sixth Form.  Students will need to reapply for each academic year.

Appropriate evidence will be required to support the application.  For the High Priority Bursary this might include:

  • A letter referring to the benefit to which the young person is entitled
  • Written confirmation from the Local Authority of the young person’s current or previous looked-after status

For the Discretionary Bursary and Educational Support Grant this should include evidence of benefits/allowances/grants and household income (e.g. Child & Working Tax Credits, P60 etc)

Applications must be received by the 15th September 2016 with supporting evidence.  Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

Payments, Organisation and Appeals

Payment will be made by BACS transfer in the name of the student; this will be a monthly payment.  Payments are dependent on student attendance, conduct and application to their studies. 

The Sixth Form Bursary Team will be responsible for deciding who receives the awards based on the criteria outlined on this leaflet. The Bursary Fund is given to the School each year by the EFA (Education Funding Agency).  Once these monies have been allocated the School will be unable to make further grants until the new academic year.

Appeals relating to the bursary or grant should be made in writing to:

Mr. M O'Hagan - Deputy Headteacher   


Closing date for applications - 15th September 2017

Collation and administration of Application Forms - 18th September 2017

Start of Application Assessments - 25th September 2017

Notification of Elegibility - 28th September 2017

First payment for elegible students - 31st October 2017

Please note if the school requests further information regarding the Bursary application, if successful the first payment will be made at the end of November 2017.