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16 -19 Bursary

Guidance Notes for Applicants – 16 -19 Bursary

  • Prior to completing the online application form please read through the below information      (The 16-19 Bursary Fund Statement 2018/19) to ensure that you have all the information (applicants bank details, National Insurance number), scanned documents (payslips, benefit statements and any other income information) that you will need to complete the application form.  The application should take about 10 - 15 minutes to complete.
  • Application Form must be completed in full with the required supporting documentation uploaded.  If the required supporting documentation is not provided at the time the application is made this will delay the application process and delay any payment that may be due.
  • Applications to be made in the student’s name.
  • Applicants must have a National Insurance Number.
  • Applicants must have their own bank account to which money can be transferred into to.
  • Use the below link to download a scanning application if you don’t already have one and please note that if the files are large they may need to be compressed. 

Please click this link to download the scanning app. 

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The 16-19 Bursary Fund Statement 2018/19

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available to The de Ferrers Academy through the government funding body, the Education Funding Agency. It is designed to help and support any students who face financial barriers to full participation in sixth form education.

There are two types of 16-19 Bursary:

  • A vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 per year for students in one of the defined vulnerable groups
  • A discretionary bursary that institutions award to meet individual needs e.g. transport, books, uniform, iPads, exam re-sits, equipment etc.

Vulnerable Bursary 

Based on the current guidelines, the eligible groups are students who are:-

  • In care
  • Care Leavers
  • 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 such as a child or partner
  • Receiving Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right, as well as Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC) in their own right

Please note that to qualify as eligible for a vulnerable student payment the student does not have to live independently of their parents; they can claim ESA or UC in their own right. Parents should note that they will not be able to claim Child Benefit for this child if the student’s claim for ESA succeeds.

All students in the identified vulnerable groups will be classed as High Priority and will receive their bursary payments from the academy by BACS transfer into accounts in their name. Please note that students in this group will still need to make an application and provide the required evidence  (a letter from DWP showing what benefits the student is receiving and/or a document from the local authority showing the looked after the status of the student) before any payments can be made.

Discretionary Bursary

The Academy is required to use its discretion to make awards to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards are to be targeted towards students facing financial barriers to participation in sixth form education and can be used for such things as transport, meals, books, specialist equipment (e.g. I-Pads), uniforms, fieldwork/educational trips and exam re-sits.

In order to help with the above process, the academy has created two further priority groups:-

Medium Priority – household income of less than £22,000 

Low Priority – household income of between £22,000 and £25,000

Payment will be allocated depending on the volume of applications and the funding the Academy receives from the Education Funding Agency.

Application Process

The initial window for applications is from Monday 15th – Friday 26th October 2018, after which all applications will be reviewed and any missing information highlighted.  Applications received after this date will be considered on an individual basis. 

Students wishing to apply for any bursary award will need to complete the online de Ferrers Academy Bursary Award Application Form by following the link below. In order to apply students should be aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2018.

Please click on the link to be directed to the bursary form. 

Link to bursary form

Full details of the 16 – 19 Bursary 2018/19 can be found by clicking on the following link

Information about the bursary fund

All applications must be submitted with the required evidence, which needs to be uploaded as part of the application process. Please note that we are unable to process an application if the required evidence has not been uploaded. If the required supporting documentation is provided late this will delay the application process and any payment that may be due.

Special Cases

The Academy may exercise professional judgement and award a one-off payment to support a special case based on financial need, instead of household income. 

Special cases should be discussed with Kim Hobson (Assistant Head of Sixth Form) in the first instance.


The Academy aims to make bursary payments directly to the student’s bank account within two weeks after the end of each half-term, as long as all the relevant paperwork has been submitted.

Bursary applications will be assessed each term in line with the applications received, student behaviour and attendance. Therefore, just because a payment has been made in one term there is no guarantee that this will continue for the rest of the year.