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16 – 19 Bursary Guidelines for Applications

Students in the sixth form, who require financial support with various costs, can apply to the School’s 16-19 Bursary Fund for assistance. This fund replaced the old Educational Maintenance Allocation (EMA) and has been allocated directly, by the government, to individual Schools to administer. This funding does not replicate the EMA and the amount of money available for distribution is much less. Therefore, we are committed to distributing Bursaries to those students with the greatest need.


The Application process:

Application forms can be found on the school internet site and from the sixth form office. The deadline for receipt of applications is the end of September. However, should your circumstances change during the academic year, please contact the Head of Key Stage 5.


Decision Making Process

The applications will be assessed and bursaries awarded on the greatest need. Applicants will be informed, in writing, of the decision by the end of the following week.


Payments and Conditions of Bursary

Some students who have successfully applied for these awards may receive direct monthly payments into their bank accounts, however for the majority of students, the school will be making payments on their behalf direct to suppliers e.g. educational equipment, educational trips etc.

At the end of each term a review will be made on attendance, punctuality and behaviour and adjustments may be made to your next allocation. You will be informed of this in writing.


Appeals – Complaints Procedure

You have the right to appeal and/or complain if you feel that your case has not been given fair consideration. Appeals should be made in writing to Head of Key Stage 5 in the first instance. If a further appeal is to be requested then this will be heard by the Head Teacher in the first instance.


Level One: Guaranteed Bursary

The government has identified that the students most in need will fit into the groups identified below and these students may be eligible for a Bursary of £1,200 per year. (The list below is not in any order of preference).

  • A Student in Care
  • A Care Leaver
  • Student in receipt of Income Support
  • Disabled student in receipt of employment support allowance and disability living allowance.


Parents/students will need to prove entitlement. This will be in the form of appropriate supporting documentation from the relevant Government Departments.

If personal circumstances change during the year you MUST notify the school immediately.

Level Two: Shared Residual Allocations

Those students who do not meet the criteria for level One above may fit the criteria for level Two. This may entitle them to a small bursary or enable the school to purchase educational items on their behalf. Such payments could include IT equipment, educational equipment, free school meals, transport costs etc. The amount will be dependent on the number of applications for assistance and the total bursary fund provided by the Government to the school.

To be able to make application for this funding, students will have to prove that they meet some or all of the following criteria in the form of appropriate supporting documentation and the latest 3 months bank statements.

That they or their parent(s) are on income support or other means tested benefits

  • That they fulfil UK residency conditions
  • That the total family income is less than £20,817 for the last financial tax year.
  • That they were eligible for free school meals last year.


If your personal circumstances change during the year you MUST notify the school immediately. 

Evidence requirement: evidence of household income by way of a P60, Working Tax Credit annual statement from HMRC, Receipt of Benefit Notification, Tax Credit Award Notification or Self Employed Income Notification and the latest 3 months bank statements must be provided to the Sixth Form Office along with the completed application form.


Level Three: Discretionary Fund

From time to time students may be faced with identifiable financial difficulties but they do not fit into category 1 or 2. These students may be eligible for some limited financial assistance. This can be for:

  • Transport costs
  • Books and equipment
  • Educational trips
  • Examination re-sit fees
  • Free school meals for a specific period.


Applications must be made using formal application to the school and these will be treated in the strictest confidence. Discretionary payments may be awarded on either a match funded or full cost basis.

Please ensure you have read and understood the school’s statement regarding bursary applications before completing this form. Please note if a bursary is awarded the payments will be made subject to the conditions of the 16-19 Bursary contract being met.