16 - 19 Bursary Fund/School Meals

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is paid by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to schools and colleges so that they may provide financial help to students. Discretionary Bursaries are awarded to meet individual needs – they are targeted at students who cannot stay in education without financial help for things like, transport, meals, books and equipment.

The fund is divided into two elements:

Bursary Fund – Vulnerable Groups - for young people in one of the defined groups

Discretionary Fund – Weekly Payments - awarded to meet individual needs

Students may apply at any time during Year 12 or 13 for either fund.

Applications forms are available from the 6th Form Office and should be completed and returned with the relevant supporting evidence to the School's Finance Office.

Students may apply for financial assistance which is directly linked to their education. For Example:

  • Transport Passes
  • Course material
  • Meals
  • Hardship Costs

In addition, - you may be eligible for Free School Meals - please complete the Post 16 Bursary Fund/School Meals Application as detailed above.

The Bursary Fund payments are paid weekly in arrears subject to the criteria of the 16-19 Bursary Fund Contract being met and are paid direct to the student’s bank account.

Vulnerable Group - please note that the government has announced that some students will be entitled to a bursary of £1200.00 annually.  You could receive this if you fall into the following category:

  1. You are living in care, or have recently left living in care.
  2. Young people in receipt of income support (or the Universal Credit) in their own name.
  3. Disabled young people in receipt of both the Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments).

If you fall under any of these categories and wish to apply for the Bursary Fund, please do so in the normal way. Please note school will make payments weekly.

For further information, please read the Education Funding Agency Guide -16-19 Bursary Fund 

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