Bursary 2

Financial Support for Students

16-19 Bursary Fund - FAQs and and Application form can be found at the bottom of the page.


In September 2011, the Government replaced the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) with a 16-19 Bursary Fund. The fund’s aim is to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.

Payment will be dependent on meeting agreed attendance, achievement and behaviour criteria as laid out in the Learning Agreement.


Students following Government funded full-time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over, and under 19 on 31st August in the academic year in which they start their programme of study, who fulfil the residency
criteria in the EFA Funding Guidance for 2013/14 (see https://www.gov.uk/16-to-19-education-funding-guidance).

To be eligible for funding, you must show evidence that you satisfy eligibility criteria.


To apply for a Bursary either download and complete the 16-19 Bursary Application Form (downloadable from the menu on the left of screen) or pick up a form from Peter John (Head of Sixth Form). Applications cannot be made until a sixth form place has been confirmed and the student has commenced her studies as a Post -16 student.

Applications will be accepted throughout the academic year to allow for changes in personal circumstances. However, as funds are limited, it is in the student's interest to apply as soon as conveniently possible. All completed applications should be given to Peter John (Head of Sixth Form).

Please note that an application will not be assessed unless it contains full details including documentary evidence of household income.

Funding Levels

Level 1

How much? £1,200 per year

Who is eligible?

Students who:

  • Are currently in care (as defined by Social Services)
  • Are leaving or have recently left care
  • Are in receipt of Income Support (or Universal Credit) in their own name
  • Are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (or Personal Independence Payments).
  • Payments will be made on a termly basis, via BACS transfer, into the student’s bank account.

Case Study

Liana, 17, is in year 13. An extremely able student, she was recently accepted for interview to read PPE at Oxford University. Estranged from her family at the end of year 12, she managed to secure accommodation in a friend’s family home. Being in receipt of Income Support, Liana qualifies for a Bursary from the school, receiving £1,200 per year. This helped pay for a monthly bus pass, books, stationery, a laptop and a French culture trip.

Level 2

How much? Up to £900 per year

Who is eligible?

Students who:

Have a gross annual household income of below £16,190 and
Are eligible for Free School Meals.

Case Study

Alicia entered 6th form this year from a local school. She lives with her mum and three younger siblings. Her dad left when she was in Year 9. Mum, staying home to care for the children, is on Income Support and receives Child Tax Credit. In total, her annual income (plus benefits) amount to £15,136 Alicia was awarded a bursary of up to £900. So far, she has purchased a 16-19 Young Person’s Railcard, season ticket for the train, photo quality paper and art supplies for her course.

Level 3

How much? Up to £900 per year

Who is eligible?

Students who have a gross annual household income below £16,190

Case Study

Marianne lives with her mum and dad in a local village. Asset rich, with a lovely home and no mortgage, her family nevertheless struggle on the earnings from a joint business venture. Total family income, including savings and Child Tax Credit payments, amount to £15,998. Marianne was granted up to £900. So far she has purchased: a full gym kit, revision guides for each subject, a weekly bus pass, a train ticket to get her to Glasgow for her university interview, accommodation overnight and smart clothing to wear on the day.

Level 4

How much? Up to £600 per year

Who is eligible?

Students who have an annual income of between £16, 191 and £22,500

Case Study

Jess lives with her dad and two siblings. Dad works as a delivery driver. Total family income is quite low, but the top up from Family and Child Tax Credit help pay the bills. Total income is £19,963 for the year. Jess received £600. She used £440 to pay for a Home to School Season ticket with GCC. The rest of the money part-paid for a school trip. Her dad applied for extra funds from the hardship fund to pay for the remainder.

Level 5

How much? Up to £300

Who is eligible?

Students where household income does not exceed £28,000

Case Study

Sian is a year 12 student who commutes to the school from out of the county. Her family earns £18,505 per year and receives £5,955 in Child Tax Credit, giving an overall annual income of £24,460. She received £300 for her Bursary, which helped her purchase: paper, fine liners, memo notes, revision cards, student books for her subjects and train tickets for open days at local Universities.

Each application will be considered according to individual circumstances.

Disclaimer: Case studies are included for illustrative purposes only and bear no reference to individual, or past students at Stroud High School.

Payments for Level 2 – Level 5 funding

A payment of £100 will be made 3 times per year (at the start of the term) into the student’s bank account to assist with curriculum activities and resources, upon receipt of a signed declaration form.

Further payments will be made to direct to the student, via Bacs transfer, where a receipt has been forwarded to the school as evidence of a related cost incurred for amounts above £20.00. For amounts below this cash can be given to the students upon provision of a relevant receipt.

Where it is considered appropriate payment will be made direct to the relevant company e.g. the transport company to purchase a bus pass, a book or stationer, and not to the student.

Reimbursements will be made at the end of each month or sooner if a need arises. Payments are paid direct to the student, via BACS transfer, where a receipt has been forwarded to the School as evidence of a related cost incurred. 


  • To qualify an applicants’ attendance must not fall below 90% (for the previous term **).
  • The School reserves the right to stop payments immediately should a student’s attendance or behaviour becomes unacceptable. Payments will be made at the end of each period following analysis of the previous period’s data for attendance and behaviour.
  • The School can request a full refund of any payments made should the student leave prior to the end of their studies.
  • Funds are limited and will be allocated based only on the criteria above.
  • Applications must be supported with official proof of household income. We will accept the following as proof of total household income:
    • Tax Credit Award Notification,
    • P60s from each job
    • Certified evidence of self-employment income from the Inland Revenue
    • Free School Meal eligibility.
    • If none of the above are available, 3-6 months of bank statements may be considered.
  • Applications must be supported with documentary evidence of costs incurred eg receipts of purchase.
  • If documentary evidence is not available please contact Peter John (Head of Sixth Form) to discuss possible alternative evidence options. Where relevant, it is possible to attach a letter outlining any special circumstances that may apply to an individual’s situation.

** Parents/carers have the right to appeal should attendance fall below 90% due to special circumstances.

Discretionary Bursary

Parents/Carers/Students may approach the school at any time in case of hardship (including sudden or temporary circumstances) for assistance, these cases will be dealt with on a case by case basis.  Please contact Mr Peter John (Head of Sixth Form) in confidence.


Students are entitled to appeal against the decision made in relation to their appplication for a Bursary or the withholding of payments. Students should write a letter of appeal to Peter John (Head of Sixth Form). This will be forwarded for consideration by an Appeals Panel consisting of Mr Mark McShane (Headteacher), Mrs Sandra Thomson (Business Manager) and a Governor.


Applicants’ parents are responsible for providing true, accurate and complete information on total household income. Fraudulent claims for Bursary allocations will be treated very seriously. Students found to make fraudulent claims will be required to refund all payments and the police will be informed.

  • Specific Educational Purposes
  • Costs of transport
  • Meals in school
  • Books and equipment
  • Educational trips
Name   Date  
PDF 16 19 BURSARY APPLICATION FORM FINAL MASTER for Sept 17 7th July 2017 Download >
PDF Bursary FAQs April 2016 15th April 2016 Download >
PDF Bursary Order Form Oct 16 13th October 2016 Download >
PDF Bursary Petty Cash Form Oct 16 13th October 2016 Download >
PDF Bursary Reimbursement Form Oct 16 13th October 2016 Download >
PDF What can I spend my bursary on 7th July 2017 Download >