16-19 Bursary Fund

Students in Years 12 and 13 might be eligible for financial assistance under the Bursary Fund scheme. The purpose of the fund is to help young people meet the costs related to participation at the Academy. Examples of this might include meals, transport, books, educational visits and other course-related costs.

There are two types of bursary available: the vulnerable student bursary and the discretionary bursary.

Vulnerable Student Bursary

 A bursary of £1,200 a year is available for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups:

  • In care
  • Care leavers (looked after children who have reached the age of 16)
  • Young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit
  • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.

Awards can also be made at the discretion of the Academy to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of the student.

Eligibility for the vulnerable student bursary:

  • Students must be aged 16 or over and under 19 on 31st August 2020. If the student turns 19 during their programme of study, they can continue to be supported to the end of the academic year in which they turn 19, or to the end of the programme of study, whichever is sooner.
  • Students who receive Universal Credit payment in their own name, which, from 2013 replaces Income Support and Employment Support Allowance.
  • Students who are disabled and receive Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payment in their own name, which, from 2013 will replace the Disability Living Allowance.
  • Students are ineligible who are on waged Apprenticeships or where the student is drawing a wage for any learning and training.
  • Vulnerable students who meet these eligibility criteria should provide evidence to support their claim.

Discretionary Bursary Fund

Eligibility for the discretionary bursary:

  • Students who are, or who have been, in receipt of free school meals
  • Students who are registered as having Special Educational Needs
  • Consideration will be given where there is genuine hardship (please refer to the application form below).

Administration of the Bursaries

The Sixth Form Office will administer the bursaries. Evidence of the student’s eligibility must be included in the application. This could include a P60, Tax Credit Award Notice, evidence of self-employed income or a letter from the local authority confirming the young person’s current or previous looked-after status.

If the student is eligible for the bursary, we will confirm this in writing. In this letter we will request information relating to the student’s bank account so that BACS payments can be made. The bursary will be transferred weekly. We are not permitted to pay the money into any other bank account except that which is in the name of the student who is to receive the bursary.

In order to establish whether your child is eligible for any financial support, we should be grateful if you would apply using the application form below. As the support is means tested, it does require you to offer confidential information. We wish to assure you that we will handle such information professionally and in confidence.  The Finance Office at school will verify the information offered.

How to make a claim

When you have successfully been approved for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, please use the form below to submit a claim to support your studies. This will then need to be handed in to the sixth form team and the finance officer.