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16-19 Bursary 2020-2021

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 2020/2021) 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 emailed to 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.

  • Applicants must scan all required documents and email them to applicants must remember to include their full name in the email.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund Statement 2020/2021

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is made available to The de Ferrers Academy through the government funding body, the Education and Skills 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 resits, 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 copy of Income support or UC award notice in your name and/or 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 resits.  Applications can be submitted from students with a household income of less than £30,000.  Included in the total household income will be all permanent resident(s) over the age of 18 years. 

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

Application Process

The initial window for applications is from Thursday, 5th November - Friday, 27th November 2020 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 attached de Ferrers Academy Bursary Award Application Form below. In order to apply students should be aged 16 to 18 on 1st September 2020.

Information about the bursary fund

All applications must be submitted with the required evidence, which needs to be emailed as part of the application process. Please note that we are unable to process an application if the required evidence has not been emailed.  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 three times in the academic year within two weeks prior to the end of each 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 ATL 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. 

** UPDATE: 22/4/20 - Information: increased fraud risk during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic 

Periods of instability, such as during the coronavirus pandemic, bring an increased risk of fraud. Fraudsters will actively exploit these difficult times and will target vulnerable areas for financial gain.

We have been informed some learners and parents have received a letter from ESFA asking for personal learner bank details in relation to the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. We never ask for personal bank account details. This is a fraudulent letter – please do not respond