16 - 19 Bursary Fund Information

16-19 Bursary for Sixth Form students

The 16-19 Bursary has been introduced to help those students in financial need reduce the barriers they face whilst staying on in education. It is a means tested fund that can help with a wide range of things that students may need to help them complete their Sixth Form Studies.

It can be used in a variety of ways including help towards:

  • Residential Visits
  • Books & Revision Guides
  • Equipment for studying
  • Stationary
  • School Meals
  • Transport Costs & Bus Passes

Further information and application forms can be obtained from the post-16 admin office


16 – 19 Bursary Fund (Category A Bursary Award)

The 16 – 19 Bursary fund has two elements:

  • Young people in care;
  • Care leavers
  • Young people receiving Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves
  • Disabled young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit in their own right

These students will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. To apply students should complete the Guaranteed Bursary Application Form and hand it in to the Post-16 Admin Office, along with documentary evidence to support their claim.

  • Providers may then use their discretion to make awards to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards should be targeted towards young people facing financial barriers to participation, such as the cost of transport, meals, books and equipment.


16 – 19 Bursary Fund (Category B & C Award)

The following outlines the schools criteria for the Discretionary Award;

  • Students in receipt of free school meals will be awarded a weekly amount. They should complete the relevant application form and hand it in to the Post-16 Admin Office with documentary evidence.
  • All students may apply for other discretionary awards for assistance with costs related to particpation eg transport, books and equipment, educational events, resits etc. Decisions about the number and size of the awards will take into account the students financial circumstances, evidence of which will have to be provided with the completed application form.

Total household income of £25000 or less will usually be eligible for Category B awards.
Total household income above £25000 may be eligible under Category C awards.

The following list should provide guidance as to whom may be eligible for an award. Students whose parents/carers are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Maximum Level of Working Tax Credit

 Students should note that continued receipt of any Bursary Award is subject to satisfactory attendance and behaviour in lessons, sustained effort and prompt completion of all course / home work.

All applications are made directly to school, forms are available from the Post-16 Admin Office.