16-19 Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary is a government allocated sum of money given to schools to help support Sixth Formers and their families who may be in financial hardship with the costs of attending full time post-16 education; these could include travel, enrolment contributions, equipment, subject visits etc.  Eligibility is based on annual household income and there are several different bursaries that are based on different levels of need. Please note that this bursary is awarded annually so please apply again each year. Students can apply more than once in a year if their circumstances change.

Year 12 students receive their total bursary in 6 equal cheques (one per half term) and Year 13 in 5 equal cheques (because of their early exam period next summer). Students must attend school fully (including morning mentoring, assembly, guided learning hours and subject lessons). Students who fail to do this will lose a proportion of their bursary in line with their attendance rate i.e. if a student’s lesson attendance drops to 90% they will only receive 90% of their bursary for that half term. Small amounts of authorised absence (ie illness) will not affect the payment.

16 - 19 bursary funding allocation criteria  The following will be taken into account; annual household income, number of dependent children in full-time education in the household, whether courses followed need specialist equipment or clothing, other personal circumstances

The Bursary is intended to provide a contribution towards the costs of travel to school, enrolment costs, educational visits during the year, exam re-sits, and visiting university open days and interviews.

A. Vulnerable Student Bursary  Bursary 1:  High priority award. This contains the following defined vulnerable groups: Young people in care or care leavers, Young people receiving Income Support or Universal Credit, Young people receiving both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance, Annual household income below £7,000

Where students fall into one or more of these groups, they are eligible for a bursary (this can be calculated on a pro-rata basis where appropriate)

B. Discretionary Bursary

Bursary 2: Medium priority award. Students who receive free school meals or whose annual household income is above £7,000 but below £16,000. 

Bursary 3: Lower priority award. Students whose household is in receipt of means tested benefits or whose annual household income is between £16,000 and £20,999.  These students receive a smaller bursary.

Bursary 4: Discretionary payment. Students whose annual household income is between £21,000 and £26,000 (evidence required) can apply for bursaries to contribute to specific one-off needs (such as educational visits, exam re-sits, books and equipment) involved directly with their education.   The bursary award is at the discretion of the Head of Sixth Form following a meeting and receipt of necessary evidence. 

Please contact Mr Glyn Crees, Head of Sixth Form for further information gcrees [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk (gcrees [at] imberhorne [dot] co [dot] uk)