From September 2011 young people who need some financial support to help them stay in education after the age of 16 can apply for the 16-19 Bursary Fund. The fund is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support.
You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs such as uniform, books and other equipment for your course, transport and lunch on days you study or financial support for educational visits and activities.
In line with EFA guidance guaranteed bursaries will be paid to students who are in care or in receipt of income support and to disabled students in receipt of Disability Living Allowance. The remainder of the fund will be allocated by the Governors in the form of discretionary bursaries.
Applications for discretionary bursaries will be considered from Year 12 and Year 13 students. Students who have successfully claimed Free School Meals for the current academic year will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary. However, applications will be considered where a total household income is just above £20,000 (gross), but where other circumstances may be considered.
The discretionary fund must be targeted at learners who "face the greatest barriers to continuing in education and training post 16" and eligibility does not guarantee an award if Thorp Academy judges other applications to have greater priority. If you become eligible during the year then you can apply at any point of the school year.
More details about the scheme, how to apply and copy of the full policy and guidance can be obtained from Mrs Rodrigues in the 6th Form Office.