16-19 Financial Help
GOVERNMENT'S 16-19 BURSARY FUND
Payments will be made following confirmed enrolment.
At The Blue, we are receiving a total of £14,268 for the 2021/22 academic year (from 1st September 2021 to 31st August 2022) 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 2021/22, the Bursary will be used to provide £810 to students who are eligible for free school meals. £405 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 (if available) on a Somerset school transport bus is £810 for the 2021/22 academic year.
Please ensure that you have checked Somerset’s policy regarding Post 16 Transport for the 2021/22 academic year, including removal of the County Ticket option due to continuing Covid-19 restrictions during the academic year. Please be aware that The Blue School has no influence over Somerset County Council's policies in relation to the provision of post 16 school transport.
A further discretionary bursary payment to individual students may be considered in exceptional cases, where personal financial hardship could impact on the student's ability to continue their studies at the school.
Bursaries will be allocated on a first come first served basis until all funding is used up. The final deadline for applications is Friday 25th March 2022 (if any funding remains). After this date, any surplus funds remaining, will be distributed equally to claimants who have previously applied for a 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.