Sixth form

16-19 Bursary Fund

The school receives an allocation of funds which we have a duty to ensure is spent in ways which help break down the financial barriers and deal with the costs of being in education.

There are two different funds which are available to students. They are:

Mandatory Bursary

Students will qualify for this bursary if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • A young person in care
  • A care leaver
  • A young person in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
  • A disabled learner in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance/or Universal Credit and Disability Living Allowance/ or Personal Independence Payments
  • The student must be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August before the academic year they require the Bursary for to qualify.

Students who fall into these categories will be eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year. This will be paid fortnightly via BACS direct into the student account.

Students must provide official confirmation of their eligibility for the Mandatory Bursary, for example a letter from the Local Authority.

Discretionary Bursary

Eligibility for the Discretionary Bursary takes into account various aspects of family income and evidence of this will be required to process applications. For the 2020-2021 academic year the threshold of household income to be eligible is up to £25,000 per annum or less. Students must reapply in Year 13.

Also students aged 19 and over who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are eligible to apply for discretionary bursary funding (if all other scheme criteria are met).

Bursaries can only be spent on certain items which are deemed to be the costs of accessing education, these are:

  • Stationery
  • Equipment
  • Books
  • UCAS/University visits or interviews Educational visits
  • Transport to and from Sixth Form, work placement and work experience School lunch (whilst on school premises)
  • Lunches for work placement and school authorised work experience Laptop Computers (loaned from the school)

Please note, students can only apply for one type of Bursary.

All payments are subject to students meeting agreed standards.

In line with our Policy, the awarding of any bursary is conditional on a student providing necessary documentation (including receipts where applicable), attendance at 100% (except when absence is authorised) and demonstrating appropriate standards of behaviour at all times. All eligible students will be required to sign a Bursary Conditions Confirmation covering these points, before any payments will be made.

The School reserves the right to seek the return of any funds provided in advance, for example: for the purchase of a transport pass, to a student who subsequently fails to attend or leaves the Sixth Form.

We must stress that the Bursary Fund is not expected to take the form of regular payments for personal living costs.

Application Process and Payments

All applications for Bursary Fund payments are to be made to the Sixth Form Office. To apply for a Bursary please complete the application form and return either via email at or to the Sixth Form Office by Friday 25 September 2020, although applications can be made throughout the year should a situation change.

It is our intention to process applications and advise students via their school e-mail address by Friday 9 October 2020. Please keep any receipts for bus passes or items purchased in the meantime as we would be able to meet the cost retrospectively as long as we have proof of receipts, should you be eligible.

You can apply for a bursary at any time, for example if your household circumstances change during the academic year. Applicants should ensure that they include all the required evidence by the deadlines started above.

Students will be advised, in writing, of the outcome of their application. Eligible students will be required to sign a conditions confirmation before payments can be made. Eligible Bursary payments will be made via BACS direct into the student account.

Guidelines and Application Form