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 costssuch as uniform, books and other equipment for your course, transport and lunchon 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 12and Year 13 students. Students who have successfully claimed Free School Mealsfor the current academic year will be eligible to apply for a discretionarybursary. However, applications will be considered where a total householdincome is just above ?20,000 (gross), but where other circumstances may beconsidered.
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 fullpolicy and guidance can be obtained from Mrs Rodrigues in the 6th Form Office.