16-19 Bursary Fund - Information for Students
1. What is the 16-19 Bursary Fund?
The Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) was closed at the end of the 2011-12 academic year. The EMA has been replaced by a limited 16-19 Bursary Fund and the School has been allocated a proportion of this for the purpose of supporting financially disadvantaged young people taking up or continuing in post-16 education or training.
2. What is it for?
The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available for supporting eligible young people with the costs of transport or educational visits.
3. Who is it for?
The 16-19 Bursary is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support. The Government has identified a priority group of young people and have asked that Schools give priority to this group first and offer them a Vulnerable Bursary.
After this group has been considered, SupaJam expect to have an amount of funding available to other young people in need of financial support. SupaJam has set eligibility criteria to ensure the remaining funds go to those who are seen to need it most. Any young person who meets these eligibility criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary to help with their transport costs to and from SupaJam.
4. What is the eligibility criteria?
Please see our application form here.
5. Can I still apply if I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?
Yes, providing you meet the age and residency eligibility criteria. SupaJam is keeping back some of the available 16-19 Bursary Fund for exceptional circumstances for one-off payments or additional support.
6. How and when do I apply?
To apply, you must complete the 16-19 Bursary Fund Application Form (available at the bottom of this page and from Reception) and submit it to Charlotte O'Brien with the correct supporting evidence by the deadline. For students whose circumstances change during the year later applications will be considered.
You can apply for a Bursary at any point in the year but those applying before the date above will be given priority. Bursaries can only be awarded after this date if sufficient funds are available.
The Bursary scheme will close when the funds allocated have been used.
7. How much is the Bursary and how and when will it be paid?
Please see the application form here.
Further national information regarding the 16-19 Bursary Fund can be found here.
Free School Meals
If you are under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get Free Meals.
Please check if you are eligible by reading the information below:
To be eligible to receive a Free Meal in the 2020 to 2021 academic year you must be aged 16 to 18 on 31 August 2020.
Students aged 19 or over are only eligible to receive a Free Meal if they are continuing on a study programme they began when they were aged 16 to 18 or have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
You or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC))
Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
Universal Credit with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa
To apply, please do this here.
You will need the following to complete your application:
Parent's name and date of birth
Parent's National Insurance Number or National Asylum Seekers Number
The student's name and date of birth
If your application is successful, you will receive £2.41 each day you attend college to purchase lunch. We will require you to give us a receipt for our records.
For more details, please see our Free Meals Policy below.
If you are over 19 but have an ECHP or are a continuing learner, you will need to apply via post using the form below. Please attach a cover letter explaining your eligibility status.