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16-19 Bursary Fund 


The 16-19 Bursary Fund aims to help students participate in and benefit from a place in 16-19 education and training where they would otherwise be prohibited from doing so on financial grounds.

There are two types of funding support available, the Vulnerable Student Bursary and the Discretionary Bursary, details of which are given later in this document.  The Vulnerable Student Bursary is for students who are care leavers or who have significant disabilities that fit the criteria set by the local authority.

The Discretionary Bursary is intended to help young people who face the greatest financial barriers towards participating in education.  It is intended to enable a learner to continue with his or her education and should not be viewed as an incentive to attract young people into learning.  Generally, awards from the Bursary will be used towards essential course related costs such as books, equipment, travel, field trips, visits and other costs associated with living and learning.

Hednesford Valley High School will seek to ensure that the funds available are:-

  • Distributed fairly through a process which is transparent and easily understood information about the process for application and consideration is available from the School Office.
  • Assessed and allocated according to each individual’s needs, taking into account the financial circumstances of the applicant and the intended use of the award.
  • Used to widen access to, and participation in, sixth form education.

Guidance concerning 16-19 Bursary Funding is issued by the ‘Education Funding Agency’ and is also available on the ‘Department for Education’ website.  The links below give a broad overview of the Fund on the whole and may offer further clarification on your questions:

16-19 Bursary Fund: your questions answered


16-19 Bursary Fund Guide for 2022/23

Please note: there is a limited amount of funding which means that it will not be possible to support every student or to the same extent each year.  The total funding gained by the school is determined by the Local Authority.


  1. Defined vulnerable groups

The following students will be eligible to receive a bursary of £1,200 per year, if agreed standards of behaviour and attendance are met:

To be eligible for the bursary students must:

  • be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2022 or
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2021 and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • be aged 19 or over at 31 August 2021 and continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’)
  • meet the residency criteria in ESFA 2021 to 2022 academic year funding regulations for post-16 provision
  • be participating in provision that is subject to inspection by a public body which assures quality (such as Ofsted), the provision must also be either
    • funded directly by ESFA or by ESFA via a local authority
    • otherwise publicly funded and lead to a qualification (up to and including Level 3) accredited by Ofqual or pursuant to Section 96 or the Learning and Skills Act 2000
    • a 16 to 19 traineeship programme
  • Young people who are looked after children in the care of the Local Authority or foster parents.
  • Care leavers
  • Young people who receive Income Support or Universal Credit in their own right.
  • Disabled young people in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right.
  1. Discretionary awards for other young people

To be eligible for the discretionary bursary, students must be facing financial barriers to participation and need help to stay in education.  Priority will be given to those young people from the families with the lowest household income., where the household income is below £27,000.  Receipt of the Free School Meals funding as confirmed by the the local authority will be deemed adequate evidence for this category of support.

To be eligible to receive a bursary in the 2022 to 2023 academic year the student must be aged 16 or over but under 19 at 31 August 2022.

Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a discretionary bursary if they:

  • are continuing on a study programme they began aged 16 to 18 (‘19+ continuers’) or
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

These 2 groups of students can receive a discretionary bursary while they continue to attend education (in the case of a 19+ continuer, this must be the same programme they started before they turned 19), as long as their eligibility continues and their institution considers they need the additional support to continue their participation. Students aged 19 or over are not eligible for the vulnerable student bursary.


Students must meet the residency criteria in ESFA funding regulation for post-16 provision in the 2022 to 2023 academic year. 

Please note: Receipt of vulnerable student bursaries and discretionary bursaries are conditional on the student meeting agreed standards relating to acceptable attendance and behaviour.  These standards are outlined later in this document and align with those standards expected of ALL students attending Hednesford Valley High School.

Application Process

  • Bursary forms are available from the Support Services Manager or can be downloaded from the school’s website. (See forms below)
  • Completed Bursary forms should be returned to the Support Services Manager along with confirmation of eligibility.
  • A completed VR1 form must be completed with the student’s own bank account details. The Bursary cannot be paid into a parent/carers bank account.
  • Applications will be accepted any time during the academic year but will be pro rata from the start date to the end date.
  • Payment for the Vulnerable Student Bursary will be made in three instalments: November, January and May.
  • Payment for Discretionary Bursary will be discussed and arranged on an individual basis. The school may also offer bursaries in the form of non-cash “in kind” payments where appropriate, such as travel vouchers or meal vouchers.  Fees for attendance on course related trips will be paid direct to the school.  Any equipment purchased by the school for use by an individual learner remains the property of the school and must be returned upon completion of or withdrawal from the course.
  • 10% of the Discretionary Bursary Fund allocation will be retained for students who join the school later than the start of the academic year.
  • 5% of the Discretionary Bursary Fund will be retained to assist with administration costs.


Applicants should be aware that funding available for Discretionary Bursary is limited.   The Bursary Panel will consider all applications received.  The Bursary Panel consists of the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and The Support Services Manager.  The Bursary Panel reserve the right to award funding as it sees appropriate.

The decision made by the Bursary Panel on the level of funding awarded is final.  The Governors Appeals Committee will receive and determine only upon any appeals where funding is refused.  Appeals should be addressed to the Chair of the Governors c/o the school.


16-19 Bursary Fund Policy

Vulnerable Student Bursary Application Form.

Discretionary Student Bursary Application Form.

VR1 For (Student Bank Details)

16-19 Bursary Letter.