The 16-19 Bursary Fund and Free School Meals scheme can provide financial support to help some students in their learning.
Schools are responsible for awarding bursaries to students, deciding the amounts, dates of payments and setting conditions that students should meet in order to receive payments.
Please note that the information below may be subject to change following guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Any changes will be updated on our website.
The Bursary scheme is made up of two parts:
- A payment of up to £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable students who fall into one of the following categories:
Young people who are, or who have recently been, looked after children in the care of the Local Authority or foster parents
Young people who receive Income Support or Universal Credit in their own name
Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance or Universal Credit and either Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own name.
- Discretionary payments awarded to students with successful applications. Applications will only be successful if students are in receipt of free school meals OR if total household assessed income is £25,000 or below, including Tax Credits, and the student provides sufficient indication of how the funds are to be spent.
Further details are available in the school’s 16-19 Bursary Fund Policy Statement.
Bursary application packs for the new academic year will be available to collect from the Sixth Form Office from 1 September. The deadline for applications to be returned is 1 October.
To qualify for Free School Meals parents/carers should be in receipt of one or more of the following:
- Income Support
- Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit
- The “Guaranteed” element of the State Pension Credit
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- Universal Credit
If you think you are eligible to apply for Free School Meals please visit:
16-19 Tuition Fund
The government has provided a small amount of additional funding to support small group tuition for post 16 students who have not previously achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English and Maths as well as supporting students undertaking Vocational qualifications. The fund is also extended to those from an economically disadvantaged background who qualify for extra support.
The school plans to use this funding to support the following programmes:
- catch-up sessions in English/Maths/Vocational subjects to be taught in school or streamed online by the classroom teacher between October 2021 and June 2022 (possibly inclusive of holidays)
- additional workshops in English/Maths/Vocational subjects involving established staff or approved 3rd party organisations to negate any disruption to learning caused by the pandemic
We will continually monitor the progress of these students and the impact of this additional tuition throughout the year.