16-19 Bursary Fund



16-19 Bursary Fund

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A small fund of money has been made available from the government through its funding body - Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) for 16-19 year olds at the start of the academic year - to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The new Bursary Scheme for 16-19 year olds has been put in place as a partial replacement for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

Who is eligible to apply for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

Students following government (YPLA or SFA) funded full-time or part-time courses, who are aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age on 31/08/12 who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • in care
  • are leaving care
  • are in direct receipt of Income Support
  • are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance

These payments will be paid at the end of each half term directly to the student based on fulfilling the EMA criteria of 100% attendance, punctuality and behaviour.

Who is not eligible for 16-19 Bursary Funding?

  • Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age on 31/08/12.
  • Students who do not fulfil any of the criteria described above

Discretionary Award

For students who permanently live in a household whose parents/guardians receive a total income under £20,817, it may be possible to apply for a one off discretionary payment to cover unexpected expenses incurred during a course, for example a transport pass, chef's whites and field trips. These payments may be in kind rather than a direct cash payment. Such items will be provided to named individuals, and in the case of books or equipment may be required to be returned at the end of the course.

Application forms can be obtained from the sixth from office or downloaded from the school website. All applications must be submitted with proof of income or benefit.

You need to check the table below to see if you qualify for financial support.




Students who are in care or have just left care and are living independently
Student receiving income support in their own name
Disabled students who are receiving both the Employment Support Allowance and the Disability Living Allowance


Students who are registered for free school meals.


Students whose household income is less than £20,817 per year


Students in their 2nd year of 6th form study who were receiving a £20 or £10/week payment last year

Special Cases  We are aware that there are times when students suddenly face a change in financial circumstances, often part way through the year. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis but where there is genuine hardship, we will do all we can to help. Students should speak to Mr Mellor in the first instance.

Are there any conditions attached to any of these payments?

Any student who is eligible for a sixth form bursary (high, medium or low) must have met all of these conditions for the previous half term in order to qualify.

  • have attended 100% of the time (based on all of the sessions that make up your programme of study).
  • you have behaved and participated in all of your lessons.
  • have not been excluded.

Any student receiving EMA payments from an external agency.

Conditions remain the same as in previous years in that if you dont attend, you lose that week's EMA. Similarly the school has a right to withhold payment on the grounds of failing to meet deadlines or poor effort.

I think I am entitled to financial support, what do I do next?

If you are in Year 13 or 14 and are entitled to an EMA payment still, then you will receive your payment in the same way that you always have from an external source.

If you are in Year 12 or Year 13 and are entitled to a Bursary payment (see above) then you must collect a Bursary Application Form from Mrs Fenn as soon as possible or download from the school website. You will then need to submit the completed form and provide all supporting evidence required, to Mr. Mellor.

Last updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014Print the Eckington School 16-19 Bursary Fund page

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