16-19 Financial Help
GOVERNMENT'S 16-19 BURSARY FUND
The 2020/21 Bursary Application Form Payments will be made following confirmed enrolment.
At The Blue, we are receiving a total of £17,835 for the 2020/21 academic year (from 1st September 2020 to 31st August 2021) to cover all discretionary payments under the scheme. This funding is finite and no more money is provided if take-up exceeds the maximum amount provided.
In 2020/21, the Bursary will be used to provide £830 to students who are eligible for free school meals. £400 will be provided to students who are not in receipt of other Bursary funding amounts, as a contribution to the cost of bus transport when this is needed to get to and from school. Accordingly students living in Wells who do not need to catch a bus to school are not eligible under this discretion. The total cost of a paid space on a Somerset school transport bus tis £830 for the 2020/21 academic year.
Please ensure that you have checked Somerset’s policy regarding Post 16 Transport for the 2020/21 academic year, including removal of the County Ticket option due to Covid-19 restrictions during the academic year.
Bursaries will be allocated on a first come first served basis until all funding is used up. The final deadline for applications is Friday 26th February 2021 (if any funding remains). After this date, any surplus funds remaining, will be distributed equally to claimants who have previously applied for a Somerset bus transport Bursary.
Students eligible for the maximum (category 1) grant at £1,200 are funded separately by Government, and are not part of the discretionary budget.
BLUE SCHOOL GOVERNORS' BURSARY FUND
Independent of and separate to the Government Bursary Scheme, the Blue School Governors' Trust will consider financial support applications from current students at The Blue School. Bursary awards average £100 and rarely exceed £250. They are usually given to support the one-off costs of an enrichment or work experience activity, eg: contribution towards travel costs for an educational trip abroad. Students who wish to apply for such a Bursary should contact Mrs J Stitch, Head's PA via Reception at The Blue School.