16-19 Bursary Fund 2020-21
The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help students overcome the specific financial barriers to participation they face so they can remain in education.
There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:
- bursaries for defined vulnerable groups
- discretionary bursaries (which institutions award using policies they set in line with government funding rules)
Schools and colleges must allocate the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund according to government guidelines. Please click here for the full guidance.
Claremont High School bases all decisions about which students receive help from the bursary and how much bursary they receive on each student’s individual circumstances and their actual financial need. These will vary from student to student. We carry out a financial assessment for each student to establish their household income, whether there is an actual financial need and what kinds of costs the student has to participate in education.
Students should apply for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund using the application form (link above). All application forms should be submitted in person or via email to Sally Francis (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday 2nd October.
Please note that, as financial circumstances can change during the course of a year, applications can still be made at any point during the academic year.
Any student or parent who is unhappy with how the school has handled their application for bursary funding should follow the school complaints’ procedure.
Who qualifies for the bursaries for defined vulnerable groups? The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:
- in care
- 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
We will normally contact students directly if they qualify for the bursary for vulnerable groups.
Who qualifies for the discretionary bursaries?
Any student who feels that, as a result of their family's financial circumstances, they will have difficulty fully participating in their A-level/vocational courses can apply for the discretionary bursary. The Bursary Fund is intended to assist students with the cost of travel, to buy essential books, equipment or specialist clothing or to go on school trips. These are items students would otherwise need to pay for in order to participate in their courses.
Given the limited funding provided to the school for its 16-19 Bursary Fund, we have only been able to support students with a household income of less than £25,000 in previous years.
Please include as much detail as possible in your application form so that we can fully assess your financial need.
What other support is available to students?
Please note that the Bursary Fund is not intended to replace Free School Meals. Students should apply for these in the normal way during their time in the 6th form. Please click here.
Students may also be able to receive support from Brent council for travel to and from school. Please click here.
Please contact Sally Francis, 6th form administrator, if you have any questions about the Bursary Fund.