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 2019/20 academic year (from 1st September 2019 to 31st August 2020) 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 2019/20, the Bursary will be used to provide £800 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 where the purchase of a Somerset annual bus transport ticket 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 this annual ticket is £810 for the 2019/20 academic year, but it does allow for bus travel other than just to and from Sixth Form.
Bursaries will be allocated on a first come first served basis until all funding is used up. The final deadline for applications is Friday 27th March 2020 (if any funding remains). 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 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.