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The 16-19 Bursary Fund aims to help 16–19-year-olds overcome any financial barriers they may face when attending full time education in a sixth form. Each sixth form has been allocated a small amount of money by the government to help pay bursaries to students in financial need. The Bursary Fund is made up of two parts:

Vulnerable Bursary: This is an award of up to £1,200 a year for students who fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Students who are in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit AND Disability Living or Personal Independence Payments in their own name.
  2. Students in local authority care or have recently left care.
  3. Students who receive Income Support or Universal Credit in place of income support in their own name.


If you are eligible for the Vulnerable Bursary please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with more information on how to apply for this.

Discretionary Bursary: This is a small amount of money allocated to students who are not in the groups above but are from low-income families. Bursaries are awarded to help towards the cost of transport and / or course costs.

Discretionary Bursaries are awarded based on individual circumstances and each application will be considered on its own merit. However, the intention is that it supports students who are facing financial barriers to attending school, in particular those students in low-income households and in receipt of one of the following: Income Support or Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit/Child Tax Credit, Income based Employment and Support Allowance or other benefits or pensions.


As we have only been awarded a fixed amount, we cannot guarantee that we can pay bursaries to all students who fall into the above categories.  We will prioritise families with the lowest income and in the need of the most help.

All payments to students will be based upon 100% attendance at lessons. It is expected that this money will be used to help students with the cost of transport and any resources that they may need for sixth form. Further details of how these payments will be made will be released as soon as we have final numbers for students who will be awarded a bursary.

If you believe that you belong to one of the categories above, please contact us as soon as possible and send in an application form to the Finance Office (can be emailed to you or collected by a student from the SFC desk), along with the appropriate evidence required, as detailed below:


Please attach photocopies of letters confirming your entitlement to benefits or copies of pages of the 2022/23 Benefit letter or tax credit document. The following list is a guide to the confirmation required:

Universal Credit, Income Support / Income Based Jobseekers Allowance:
 Please send a letter signed by the Department for Work and Pensions or Job Centre Plus confirming your entitlement to benefits.

Child Tax Credit with an annual Inland Revenue assessed income of less than £16,190
 A photocopy of the most recent letter received from HRMC which details the name of the person receiving the benefit, the date and the amount received for 2022/23.

Income Related Employment & Support Allowance. A photocopy of all pages of your Award Letter:

  • Child benefit award letter
  • Department of Work and Pensions decision letter for: Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance Employment, Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance
  • State retirement pension award letter
  • Private or other pensions award letter
  • Current bank statement showing benefit or income having been received
  • Working Tax Credits and Child Tax Credits award/notification letter


On receipt of your application we will assess it and get back to you with a decision. If you are successful we will advise how to make claims against the award.

If you have any questions relating to the bursary, please contact the Finance Office or the Sixth Form Team.  Please do check with us for any updates as figures and paperwork requirements can change annually.