The Purbeck School Sixth Form

16-19 Bursary Fund 2019-2020



A key priority of the Government is to eliminate the gap in attainment between those from poorer and more affluent backgrounds, and to ensure every young person participates in and benefits from a place in 16-19 education and training. The Government provides funding to tackle disadvantage both through the EFA’s (Education Funding Agency) funding formula and through support to help young people meet the costs of participating in education and training post-16.

16-19 Bursary Fund eligibility

The 16-19 Bursary Fund has two elements:

  1. 1. Young people in care, care leavers, young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them. Disabled young people in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year.
  2. 2. The School also has a limited discretionary fund. Support is subject to funds being available at the time the application is received and assessed. This is a limited fund and once exhausted no further funding will be available. Financial reimbursement for expenditure is not guaranteed. The fund will be allocated using the following criteria.

a) Students eligible for Free School Meals may receive up to £800 per academic year, paid in instalments.

b) Students whose parents or carers are in receipt of Working Tax Credits may apply for discretionary grants to enable them to fully participate in their chosen courses. This may include assistance with the cost of transport, trips and visits, books and equipment.


How to apply

Applications should be made by letter together with the original and most recent Income Support award notice Universal Credit Award notice or Tax Credit Award Notice (if applicable).  Initial applications must be made by Friday 13th September 2019.

Students should also return a signed Bursary Fund Declaration Form

Should your circumstances change, applications can be made throughout the academic year.

You will need to apply for a bursary each year.

All applications should be made to Mrs T Alford, at the school.


Payment Method

The bursary will be paid in up to 8 instalments throughout the academic year.

Discretionary funds in respect of visits, trips, transport, books and equipment will be allocated as appropriate.


Your Responsibilities

Students will need to fulfil the requirements of their Student Agreement, which is signed on joining the Sixth Form.

Should the financial circumstances of the student or parent/carer change during the academic year you must inform the school.



Administration and allocation of bursaries will be subject to The Purbeck School’s normal governance and audit regimes.  If a young person feels aggrieved about how their request for a bursary was handled, they should contact the Headteacher in writing.


Further Information

Please contact the school should you have any queries.

Further information is also available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/advice-for-young-people-16-to-19-bursary-fund-guide