16-19 Bursary Fund

Sixth Form 16-19 Bursary Fund

If you are aged between 16 and 19 years and think you might struggle with the costs for full-time education in the Sixth Form you may be eligible to receive a bursary. The government has replaced the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) with limited funds to support students in need. In so far as we can, we wish to ensure that no student is prevented from following a course of study solely because he or she cannot afford to do so.

Application Process

Written applications for financial support are invited from students or their parents in confidence to the Head of Sixth Form. The School may require evidence of financial need to satisfy our auditors, and financial support will be dependent on students meeting agreed standards of attendance, punctuality and progress with their studies. Those who may be eligible for support are asked to complete a preliminary assessment form which is available from the Sixth Form office. Evidence of Working Tax Credit could act as proof of eligibility to the fund.

Allocation of Funds

Rickmansworth School is responsible for awarding bursaries to its students. With the exception of the £1,200 bursaries for students most in need, the amount paid to other students is at the School’s discretion.

The payments are to be spread over the three terms with an initial payment at the start of the year followed by three payments at the end of each term. The amount paid will depend on attendance, and so the end of term payment may be reduced commensurate with any absence by the recipient. Band B and Band C payments may change depending on the number of applicants and the amount of money available to the School.

Break down of payments:

  • Band A to receive £1200 per annum
  • Band B to receive approximately £600 per annum
  • Band C to receive approximately £200 per annum

Eligibility Criteria

Category A

Students most in need will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 a year. This group includes:

  • students in care under the Local Authority
  • care leavers (a care leaver is someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more spanning his or her 16th birthday)
  • students claiming income support
  • disabled students who receive Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

Category B

Those students who are most likely to need financial support will qualify for free school meals and therefore their parents or guardians would be in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance
  • Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £16,190 (provided you’re not also receiving Working Tax Credit)
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after employment finishes or after you start to work for fewer than 16 hours per week
  • Universal Credit

Students whose parents or guardians are in receipt of any of the above benefits are urged to register for Free School Meals to qualify for the bursary.

Category C

Students with parents/guardians earning below £25,000 and not claiming Free School Meals.

Application form