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Sixth Form: 16-19 Bursary Fund

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The Bishop’s Stortford High School


16-19 Bursary

The fund is made available from the government through its funding body, the ESFA, for 16-19 year olds, to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.


The fund is a fixed and finite sum and allocations may therefore not exceed the total sum available.

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government-funded ESFA full-time or part-time courses (this describes all courses on offer at our Sixth Form), who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • Aged at least 16 and under 19 on 31/08/19 who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support, Universal Credit or have an Education, Health and Care Plan(EHCP).
  • Students facing financial barriers to participation in post-16 education.


How does the School assess applications and allocate 16-19 Bursary funding?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund and the School only has a small amount of money to distribute. Students must fall into one of the following categories and students and their parents must be prepared to show evidence of genuine hardship. Financial support is also dependent on meeting agreed attendance and behaviour criteria, failure to do so will result in either the bursary being withheld.·

There will be 3 priority groups categorised as high, medium and low and the criteria for these are detailed below.

All applications must be received by 30th September to qualify for payment for the whole academic year.  If your circumstances change throughout the year you may also apply and, if successful, the payments will be made from the point at which you inform us of your change in circumstances.


High priority group

  • Are currently in care (as defined by social services), are leaving, or have recently left care. A young person aged 16 to 17 who was previously looked after for a period of 13 weeks consecutively (or periods amounting to 13 weeks), which began after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.
  • Are in receipt of Income Support in their own right.
  • Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Eligible students will be guaranteed a £1200 bursary to support them with costs such as transport, equipment etc.


Medium priority group

  • Students who fall into one or both of the following categories:
  • Eligible for a free school meal
  • Living in a household where the parent(s)/guardian(s)are in receipt of income support

Eligible students in this group may apply to the 16–19 Bursary Fund for a contribution towards the cost of transport, essential course equipment, trips, uniforms, exam re-sit fees, etc.

This may be a one off payment for specific items or a bursary for support up to a maximum of £800, according to need.  Amounts paid will be subject to the number of students in the category and the availability of funds.


Low priority group

  • Are living in a household where the gross annual household income is less than £25,000

Those in the low priority group will be considered for financial support, subject to availability of funds, after those in the high and medium priority groups have been awarded.  Students in this group may get a contribution towards the cost of essential course equipment, transport costs or other expenses related to education.


Parents who believe a student is eligible for ESFA 16-19 Bursary Funding should complete the ESFA Application Form.

Associated Documents
PDF Document YPLA Details 2018-19

YPLA Details 2018-19

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PDF Document 16-19 Bursary Contract

TBSHS Finance Office Form

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