16-19 Bursary Fund
Our Sixth Form is proud of its support for each individual student. Preparing you to play your part in the world and in the community in which you live is our ultimate goal. We are pleased to be able to offer two different bursary funds which aim to support the removal of barriers to achieving these goals.
The school receives an allocation of funds which we have a duty to ensure is spent in ways which help break down the financial barriers and deal with the costs of being in education between the ages of 16 and 19.
The two different funds which are available to students are:
Students may be eligible for this bursary if they fall into one of the following categories:
- A young person in care
- A care leaver
- A young person in receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their own name
- A disabled young person in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments
- The student must be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August before the academic year they require the Bursary for to qualify.
Students who fall into these categories will be eligible to receive a bursary of up to £1,200 a year.
Students must provide official confirmation of their eligibility for the Vulnerable Bursary, for example a letter from the Local Authority.
Eligibility for the Discretionary Bursary takes into account various aspects of family income and evidence of this will be required to process applications. For the 2022-2023 academic year the threshold of household income to be eligible is up to £25,000 per annum or less. Students must reapply in Year 13.
Bursaries can only be spent on certain items which are deemed to be the costs of accessing education, these are:
- Equipment (this can include uniform, however please see our policy for full details of recommended items and restrictions on price per item)
- UCAS/University visits or interviews
- Educational visits
- Transport to and from Sixth Form, work placement and work experience
- School lunch (whilst on school premises)
- Lunches for work placement and school authorised work experience
Note: Students can only apply for one type of Bursary and all payments are subject to students meeting agreed standards.
In line with our Policy, the awarding of any bursary is conditional on a student providing necessary documentation (including receipts where applicable), high and continuous attendance (except when absence is authorised) and demonstrating appropriate standards of behaviour at all times. All eligible students will be required to sign a Bursary Conditions Confirmation covering these points, before any payments will be made.
The School reserves the right to seek the return of any funds provided in advance, for example: for the purchase of a transport pass, to a student who subsequently fails to attend or leaves the Sixth Form.
Please see our full policy below along with the application forms in both word and pdf format. These can be completed at any point during the school year and should be returned to Mrs Jacobs in person or emailed to HJA@cooperscoborn.co.uk.
You will be informed if you are eligible via email to your school email address.
Please keep any receipts for bus/train passes or items purchased in the meantime as we may be able to meet the cost retrospectively as long as we have proof of receipts, should you be eligible.