The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides a small amount of financial support to help students overcome specific barriers to learning, so they can remain in education.
There are 2 types of bursaries – Vulnerable and Discretionary. To be eligible for either bursary, students must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at the 31st August 2021, and meet the residency criteria (the student must have the legal right to be a resident in the UK at the start of their study programme. More details can be found in the https://www.gov.uk/1619-bursary-fund
To Apply for a bursary please complete the attached form and hand into reception either by September 27th 2021 for full year bursaries or when circumstances change and you wish to apply for a bursary mid- year.
The vulnerable bursary award of up to £1200 a year is made by the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Students must be in one of the following groups:
young people in care
young people in receipt of Income Support, or Universal Credit in place of Income Support, in their own right
young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own right
To be considered for this award, you would need to provide in the first instance –
a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that states the benefit the student is entitled to and confirms that the young person can be in further education
for students who are in care or a care leaver, written confirmation of their current or previous looked-after status from the local authority that looks after them or provides their leaving care services. The evidence could be a letter or an email but must be clearly from the local authority
If you claimed free school meals in Year 11 you may be eligible for a smaller, discretionary bursary. You need to be in receipt of one of the following:
Income-based Job Seekers allowance
Child Tax Credit, but are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and your annual gross income (as assessed by the Inland Revenue) does not exceed £16,190
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
The ‘Guaranteed Element’ of Pension Credit
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance benefit
You can also apply for a discretionary bursary if you do not fall into any of the above groups, but you need financial help to stay in education. You may be able to claim a discretionary amount to help with the costs of transport, books, equipment, trips or other course related course costs. We will accept applications for a discretionary bursary from students with a household income of less than £25,000 (including all benefits). Proof of income will be required.
Please note that eligibility does not guarantee that your application will be successful. The school will determine the level of any discretionary award dependent upon the needs of an individual, as outlined in their application.
If you are not automatically eligible for an award you can, under exceptional circumstances, also apply for help with one off course related expenses (proof of income or hardship may be asked for).
Applications for additional help will be considered on an individual basis and is dependent upon available funds. Applications for additional help should be made in writing to the Director of Sixth Form via the sixth form administrator.
Changes to financial circumstances
If you are not in receipt of any bursary but experience a change in financial circumstances during the academic year which means you meet the eligibility criteria, you may apply by completing the application form, at the point of change.
Any student receiving a bursary must immediately inform the Sixth Form administrator of any changes in family circumstance that may affect their level of support.