What is the Bursary Fund?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is designed to help support young people who face the greatest financial barriers to participation in education and training.  The fund is split into 2 parts:

1 - Vulnerable Bursary

A Vulnerable Bursary is available to all learners who fall into one of the vulnerable groups identified below and is awarded according to financial need, students are eligible to receive up to £30.00 a week (£1,200 a year). Students will be awarded the amount of support they need to participate based on an assessment of the types of costs they have. They may not automatically be awarded £1,200. This is paid at the end of every half term via BACS. Vulnerable Bursary cheques can only be made payable to the student who has applied for support.

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

Students should only spend the bursary payments they have made to them on the support that has been identified as necessary to help them participate in education. This means students can only use the funds to pay for travel costs and/or a meal during the day, to buy equipment or any other support that has been agreed.

2 - Discretionary Bursary

Allerton High School will award bursaries to learners whose family’s household income falls below £30,000 per year.

Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible to apply for the fund, learners must:

  • Be aged under 19 years of age on 31 August 2023
  • Be aged 19 or over on 31 August 2023 and have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Be aged 19 or over on 31 August 2023 and be continuing on a study programme that began when you were 16-18
  • Have been resident in the UK or EEA for three years preceding 31 August 2023 (verified before enrolment)
  • Be enrolled on a government funded course
  • Have received Free School Meals in Year 11 and continue to receive them in Year 12.

Meet the financial criteria – have a household income of less than £30,000 per annum.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund application form answering all questions to avoid any delays in processing – forms can be found on Operoo from September 2023.  You will need to attach the required proof. The most common form of proof is an update to date Tax Credits letter but a P60 is also acceptable.
Allerton High School
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