Financial support

The 16-19 bursary fund is a limited amount of money provided by the Government through its funding body – Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). It is to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

The bursary could help you with any education-related costs that may arise during the school year, including essentials like a meal during the day or transport to the Academy. Or you might need extra help to buy books, clothing, or equipment for your course, or pay for educational visits.

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursary:

A bursary for students in vulnerable groups (up to £1,200)

You are entitled to this if you are in one of the following categories:

  • You are living in care or have recently left living in care.
  • You, the learner, are receiving income support or universal credit.
  • You, the learner, are disabled and receiving Employment Support Allowance as well as personal independence payments.

A discretionary bursary (up to £450.00)

You may be entitled to this if you are in one of the following categories:

  • You have a gross annual household income of below £25,000.
  • You have been in receipt of Free School Meals.
  • Your household is in receipt of other income-based means tested benefits.
  • You have a physical or mental disability or other medical condition and/or
    learning difficulties.
  • You have been on probation, are a young parent or are otherwise at risk.
  • You are seeking asylum.
  • You are a refugee (You will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if you are in
    receipt of supportive evidence from DWP).
  • You are a lone parent.

To apply, please complete an application form by clicking the button below.

Application forms can also be found outside of the Sixth Form Hub.


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