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16-19 Bursary Fund AY 2023/2024

What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?

 The 16-19 Bursary Fund is money the government provides schools to give to students who need financial help to stay in education.

There are two types of Bursaries: –

Vulnerable Bursaries – of up to £1200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups. Not available to those over 19.

Discretionary Bursaries – for 16-19 year olds not in a vulnerable group. Over 19’s can apply for this type of Bursary IF continuing a study programme which began when they were aged 16-18 OR if they have an EHCP

Would I qualify for a Vulnerable Bursary?

 Do you have a financial need that isn’t met by other funding and are you…?

1.) A young person in care or a care leaver?
2.) A young person in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit in your own right?
3.) A young person in receipt of Employment Support Allowance (ESA)or Universal Credit AND Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) in your own right?

Evidence you will need to send with your application form: –

  1. For students in care or a care leaver –written confirmation of current or previous looked after status from the local authority.
  2. A recent letter (less than 3 months old) confirming payment of benefits if you are receiving Income Support or Universal Credit of DLA/ESA/PIP.

The government is very clear that the vulnerable bursary will only be paid to those who can evidence financial need and should not be given if the funding is already provided from elsewhere.

Would I Qualify for a Discretionary Bursary?

Household income is used to determine qualification and the amount of financial support that may be granted.

This will be used along with other factors such as the number of dependent children in the household, distance of travel and actual participation needs a pupil has.

If on free school meals AND you applied successfully last year NO more evidence is needed for AY23-24 BUT the declaration must be signed to say household circumstances haven’t changed. (Application form A)

If not on free school meals or this is the first time applying  the head of the household will need to send with your application form (form B) : –

  1. Confirmation of benefits.(eg 3 Universal credit statements)
  2. Proof of all income so household annual income level can be determined.

Bursaries can pay for:

  • Transport
  • School trips
  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Emergency food supplies

Anything other than listed above  may be funded at the discretion of the school and only if a clear reason is given as to why funding is necessary.

Clearly state on the application form why you need the Bursary, what for and how much you need . Bursaries will not be given without this information.

How do I receive payment?

Where possible school will make payment in kind rather than directly to the student e.g. to County transport.

If payments in kind cannot be made, then the payment will be made directly into the student’s bank account which should be supplied on the application form. Only in very exceptional circumstances will payments be made into another person’s bank account.

Payments will be made termly and only once the school is satisfied with the student’s attendance, progress and behaviour .

You may not receive a Bursary for the total amount you ask for. The government gives a limited amount of money and it is for the school to decide who needs it most and how much each individual student should receive.

Payments in kind or to students will only be given once the monies are received by the school from the government.

What happens if I leave the school?

If you leave the school and do not plan to return the Bursary will stop as of the date you leave.

If you move to another school or college you can apply to them for a Bursary. You should tell your new school/college that you have previously received a Bursary and they will take this into account when calculating how much Bursary they will award you.

What do I do next?

If you think that you qualify for a Bursary complete the correct application form (A or B) available from the Finance Office or the Transition Co-ordinator and return signed and with evidence, if applicable, to the Finance Office.

Make sure that the information you provide is accurate and nothing is missing especially the bank details information. Payments cannot be made into post office accounts.


Please be assured that ALL of the information that you provide with your application is treated in the strictest confidence. It is used ONLY to confirm your eligibility for a Bursary.

If you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss them with the School.

If you need help with completing the form please speak to the Pastoral Lead for 6th form  or the Transition Co-ordinator.

Other Information

If you need further information the following links may help:

16-19 Bursary Fund GuideSchool Bursary Policy

If you have any further questions, please contact:

School Business Manager, Mrs Forster
Pastoral Lead – Mrs Letts


  • Do you qualify for a bursary?
  • Have you got the correct application form?
  • Have you filled in every part of the form correctly and signed it?
  • Has the head of your household provided all the evidence needed for a financial assessment to be made (if applicable)?
  • Have you provided your own bank details?
  • Have you handed your application form in to school?