16-19 Financial Help


Please click here for details, eligibility criteria and an application form for the Government's 16-19 Bursary scheme, providing financial assistance to Sixth Form students.  At The Blue, we are receiving a total of £18,771 for the 2018/19 academic year (from 1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019) 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 2018/19, the Bursary will be used to provide £680 to students who would have been eligible for free school meals.  £250 will be provided to students who are not in receipt of other Bursary funding amounts, as a contribution where the purchase of a Somerset annual bus transport ticket is needed to get to and from school.   We understand that the total cost of this annual ticket is £795 for the 2018/19 academic year, but it does allow for bus travel other than just to and from Sixth Form. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 29th March 2019.  After this date, any surplus funds remaining, will be distributed equally to claimants who have previously applied for a Somerset annual bus transport Bursary. 

Students eligible for the maximum (category 1) grant at £1,200 are funded seperately by Government, and are not part of the discretionary budget.  


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.