Education Bursary Scheme

Our Sixth Form Bursary Fund is designed to help and support any student who faces financial barriers to participation in education and training.


The scheme is divided into two parts;

Guaranteed Bursary - A bursary for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups: in care; care leavers; young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit; and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Allowance or Personal Independence payments.

Discretionary Bursary - A school bursary for students not eligible for the full Guaranteed Bursary. It is dependent upon individual circumstances and only for those students who reside in a household whose parents/carers are in receipt of at least one of the following:

  • Income Support or Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance - Child Tax Credit
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance - The guaranteed element of the State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999    

Conditions - All bursary payments will be directly linked to attendance, behaviour and academic commitment. To continue to receive a bursary a student must satisfy the following conditions:

  • The student must not have unauthorised and unexplained absence or lateness to lessons or school
  • The student must not have broken the terms of the Sixth Form Contract on be on any stage of our 'CEC' (Course Enrollment Continuation Policy)

It is best practice to pay 'in kind' bursaries rather than cash, except in exceptional circumstances as advised by the Education Funding Agency. Such items will be provided to individuals and in the case of books or equipment that are awarded as a discretionary bursary, they should be returned at the end of the course to enable them to be re-used by other students.  In the case of guaranteed bursaries the value of these items and how their cost is deducted from the £1200 will be made clear to students and those that support them.

Students wishing to apply for a Bursary must complete the application form (please click here) and return it to the Sixth Form Office no later than 30th October 2020.

All applications are considered and assessed by the Leadership Team. A parent/carer, where applicable, will be notified of the decision and an indication of the award. You have the right to appeal and/or complain to the headteacher if you feel your case has not been given fair consideration. This must be in writing. The final decision rests with the Headteacher.

Please note: The school can withdraw this support, if we believe circumstances have changed.

A paper copy of the Bursary Application Form can be collected from the Sixth Form Office, with more information here.