What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body – Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for 16-19 year olds. It is designed to help to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Award for Vulnerable Students: Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/21 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support (not a parent) or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance are entitled to an award of up to £1200. If you fall into this category, please see the Head of Post 16.

Discretionary Award: If the income of the home in which you live is below £21,000 you may apply for a discretionary award. You can apply for help with books, stationery, equipment, travel, trips. If you would like to apply, ask the Head of Post 16 for an application form. You then need to fill it in and attach any required evidence and then return it to the Head of Post 16. The amount of a discretionary award will depend on family income, individual circumstances and a student’s choice of courses as certain options may include more costs. The maximum available to any one student in any one year will be £800, the amount available to the school in each year is limited. The school may award some of the bursary “in kind”, by directly paying for trips and books.

When to Apply?

You should make your application by the last school day in September. You may wish to apply later in the year if your home circumstances change or you have expenses that you were not expecting, funds will be allocated if you qualify if they are still available in the bursary fund.

How the money is paid?

Money can only be paid into a bank account in your name. You will need to give these details on a separate application form. If the money is for a trip or for school books etc. the money will be transferred internally in school rather than paying you directly.

Year 13 students

If you applied last year, you will need to reapply this year and provide up to date evidence of your need.

Conditions of Payment

Payment is conditional on good attendance (95%), good punctuality and a good approach to study and behaviour. Bursary payments can be withheld if these conditions are not met.

Please click on the below for the Bursary policy and application form.

For the Bursary policy please click hereFor the Bursary Application form please click here