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Student Finance Support

Student Bursaries 2023-24

A Student Bursary is available for some students aged 16-19 who need help with the costs incurred in continuing in full time education. There are certain criteria which have to be met to enable application for this funding. These are:

Priority 1 – Vulnerable Groups

Students in this category may be entitled to a bursary of up to £1,200 per year:

  • Young people aged 16 and 17 in Local Authority care.
  • Care leavers aged 16, 17 and 18.
  • Young people aged 16, 17 and 18 who are in receipt of income support (IS) or Universal Credit (UC) because they are financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner. 
  • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit (UC) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own name.

Priority 2 – Discretionary Bursary

Students in this category may be entitled to the discretionary bursary. The amount assigned depends on funding allocated to the school.

This bursary may be available to students not eligible for the full vulnerable groups bursary who are eligible for free school meals (which the school will be aware of) or who live in a household whose family income is £25,000 per annum or less and/or whose parents/carers are in receipt of any of the following:

  • Income Support or Universal Credit.
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance.
  • Employment Support Allowance.
  • Incapacity Allowance.
  • Any other benefit.

If you think you may be entitled to this funding, please complete the attached application form and return it to the Sixth Form Administrator, Mrs Lisa Pearson, by Friday 15th September 2023 at the latest. We will require evidence of household income, as detailed on the application form.

We advise students applying for a discretionary bursary to keep evidence (receipts/invoices) of any resources they have purchased for the start of the academic year (but please note that purchases made before the enrolment date (12th August) will not be considered). We may be able to reimburse these purchases if you are successful in your application, and if they meet the criteria for payment.

The amount of funding to the school is yet to be confirmed; therefore, the allocation to each student will depend on the funding and numbers who apply. The money, which is paid directly to students upon submission of receipts, is intended to assist with lunches, bus fares, equipment and clothing relating to their sixth form studies, and is conditional on students meeting agreed standards of behaviour and attendance.

Please note as part of the school's accounts, the bursary process is subject to the school's financial audit and as such we need appropriate evidence to support its use. Payments to pupils for bursary-related spend will only be made with the necessary supporting documentation, i.e. certified receipts & invoices from bona fide suppliers in order to fulfil our responsibilities with regard to public funds.

Should a student’s family financial circumstances change during the course of the year (e.g. parental unemployment), they may submit a late application to the bursary fund. The same assessment, approval and payment processes are followed.

For more information, please contact our Sixth Form team.

There are two categories:

  • Bursary for students in vulnerable groups
  • Discretionary bursary (awarded is linked to attendance, punctuality, work ethic and behaviour).

For those students who are eligible, payments will be made directly to the student's bank account, which they must hold in their own name.

The amount of funding available to the school is subject to funding and the number of students who apply.

For more information, please contact our Sixth Form team.