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The 16-19 Bursary Fund

Dane Court Grammar School is committed to supporting students overcome financial barriers to learning. As such, the School administers a Bursary Scheme funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

If you are a student in Year 12 or Year 13 you can make an application to receive an award from this fund if you fulfil the eligibility criteria.

To be eligible to receive an award, a student must under 19 years of age on 31 August in the academic year in which they start and satisfy residency criteria.

The Bursaries Available
Listed below are the types of support that may be available to help students with course related costs eg equipment and books, UCAS fees and costs of travel to Higher Education open days/interviews -

  1. The Guaranteed Bursary
    Any student who is living in care or is a care leaver can apply for the Guaranteed Bursary. This is also available for students who receive Income Support, or Universal Credit, because they are financially supporting themselves or financially supporting themselves and someone who is dependent on them and living with them, such as a child or partner, and also students who receive both Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments in their own right as well as Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit in their own right. Successful applicants will be entitled to up to £1200.
  2. The Discretionary Bursary
    All other students can apply for The Discretionary Bursary and the criteria are as follows:
    • Students who are eligible for Free School Meals (these students have priority)
      If you think you may be entitled under this criteria, please make an application at www.kent.gov.uk remembering that if Free School Meals (FSM) were received in Year 11 a new application must be made.
    • If money remains in the fund after the FSM allocation, students who permanently live in a household with low income
      Evidence of a Tax Credit Award Notice if employed or evidence of income related benefits from the Department of Work and Pensions will be required.

Application forms are available from the Sixth Form Office and the completed forms and supporting documentation must be received back by the Office by 20 September 2020. An application can only be made once a students has been enrolled. Any assistance granted is subject to the student concerned maintaining a high attendance level.

All payments are made directly into the student’s nominated bank account at the end of each term, leading to six payments annually.

All personal information, including bank details and household earnings, is stored securely and remains strictly confidential.