16-19 Bursary fund

The Government has a bursary scheme to support the most vulnerable 16-19 year olds who continue in full-time education.

What is the purpose of 16 -19 Bursary fund?

“The 16 – 19 Bursary fund is designed to help support young people who face the greatest barriers to continuing in education, or training post-16.”
Education Funding Agency

The objectives of Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy’s 16 to 19 Bursary Policy are:

  • to provide financial support to help students overcome specific financial barriers so they can remain in education
  • to ensure that vulnerable students receive their bursary entitlement
  • to award discretionary bursaries to other students based on individual need
We also hope to help raise aspirations and provide support and equality of opportunity, particularly for students wishing to access higher education.
High priority for students who are:
  • in care / looked after
  • care leavers
  • receiving 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 such as a child or partner
  • receiving 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
Up to £1,200 per year
Medium priority for students who:
  • live in a household with a gross annual household income of below £21,000
  • are in receipt of Free School Meals
  • lives in a household that is in receipt of other income-based, means tested benefits
Help with the cost of travel, buying essential books and extended learning texts, equipment, travel to HE interviews and open days, UCAS application, work experience visits, essential uniform, special equipment, criminal record (DBS) checks. How much bursary students receive is based on each student’s individual circumstances and their actual financial need.
Low priority students:
  • Ad hoc support for other Students facing unexpected significant financial barriers to learning
Emergency awards to support students who face exceptional circumstances during the year that impact on their ability to participate.

Applying for a Bursary application form

You can pick up a Bursary application form from the ILC, or you can download a copy here. You will need to supply evidence of household income (if you are not in receipt of free school meals). You will need your own bank account for payments.

If you’re are unsure or have any questions about the 16 -19 Bursary then please speak with any member of the Sixth Form team.


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