Bursary fund policy

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is paid by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to Schools and Colleges so that they may provide financial help to students whose access to or completion of education might be inhibited by financial consideration.
Students wishing to claim from the 16 – 19 Bursary Fund will fall into three categories.

Categories of Bursary Fund

1. Vulnerable Student Bursary

Vulnerable students are defined as:

  • Young people in care
  • Care leavers
  • Young people personally in receipt of income support or universal credit
  • Disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance

If you believe that you fall into this category of bursary, you should be eligible for a payment of £1200 for the academic year.
You do not need to read further in this guidance but should complete the appropriate section of the application form at the end of this pack and submit this immediately.

2. FSM Student Bursary
Students who are eligible for Free School Meals or who can prove that their family income is less than £25,000 per annum and who meet the requirements of the funding will automatically receive four half – termly payments over the course of the Academic Year, subject to meeting the conditions for study and conduct detailed in The Highfield School Sixth Form Learner Agreement.

3. Discretionary Student Bursar
All students can apply for discretionary funding – the additional financial support they receive in the form of the grant should be used to help offset costs directly linked to their education, for example;
1. Transport
2. Books and Equipment
3. Hardship Costs
4. Additional Course Costs (trips and residentials)
5. Costs of travel to HE interviews

Students in receipt of this grant funding will not be eligible or granted any further financial support from the school in help towards these costs. Students will also be required to inform the school of changes in their financial circumstances.

4. Timing and Amount of Payments
Students are only eligible for payments if they are legitimately enrolled and attending as defined by the criteria. 

  • The amount of funding allocated to each student will be paid in four equal instalments unless it is a discretionary payment (which will be made at point of claim)
  • Payments are made subject to meeting behaviour and attendance criteria

Important Notes

  • All payments will be made via cheque in the name of the Student
  • Regrettably, we are unable to make payments to anyone other than the student
  • Students should ensure they have a bank account in their name through which to receive funds