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16-19 Bursary Fund

St. Joseph’s Sixth Form student guidance for an application for an award from the Bursary Fund 

Application form - the Bursary Fund 2022/23*

*This document has been amended in June 2023 to reflect the change in criteria based on the need of the community that we serve.

Please read the information on this page carefully. If you do not understand any of the points, please contact the Head of Year 12 or 13. Students must apply at the beginning of each academic year. Students with a successful application in Year 12 will need to reapply in Year 13 as circumstances must adhere to the rules below. 

The 16-19 Bursary fund is designed to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education or training, post 16.  Bursary funds are to be used to help pay for the costs related to participation in full-time education, such as the costs of transport, equipment, books, travel, exam costs, trips and visits.  Some payments may be applied for, on an ad hoc nature, to cover expensive school trips etc but each will be looked at on an individual basis. 

Students will have access to a fund that will pay for items on request. Access may be withheld if you do not comply with the School’s expectations on: 

  • Behaviour
  • Poor attitude to learning
  • Insufficient work
  • Attendance to school
  • Punctuality

 There are two types of Bursary: 

Nominated Bursary

 The following nominated groups are eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year: 

  • students in care
  • students who are care leavers
  • students in receipt of Income Support in their own right
  • disabled students in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments

 Discretionary Bursary 

The following discretionary group are eligible to receive access to a fund, the total of which depends on the uptake of students of the entire fund in a given year. The discretionary bursaries are for young people facing financial barriers to participation in education. The eligibility criteria for this is over page but the Head of Sixth Form reserves to right to approve or deny application based on resource. Whilst a student may meet the criteria, we may have to prioritise based on need.*

Students who are receipt of the following financial support, are eligible for the discretionary bursary:

  • Students from a home with a total household income of £33,271.
  • Students who appear on the Ever 6/FSM list.
  • Students who did not pass English and Maths and would like to complete a Long Term Industry Placement as part of the St Joseph’s Level 3 access offer.
  • Students with an EHCP or who appear on the SEND register.
  • Students who live in a POLAR4 (or equivalent) area of quintile one or two (this has been updated on the 28th of June 2023).
  • Students who face a significant barrier to their learning, on a case by case basis by discretion of the Head of Sixth Form.

Qualifying Documentary Evidence 

  • Your parent/guardian’s pay slip
  • Internal school documentation e.g. FSM list.