Sixth Form

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

Support is available to eligible students from the 16 to 19 bursary fund.

We use the fund to provide students with support to fund:

  • Transport

  • Books

  • Equipment

  • Field trips and other course-related costs

  • The costs of attending university interviews and open days


Students who wish to apply for support from the bursary fund should complete and submit an application form >.

Eligibility criteria

There are two types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

I) High priority claimants (defined vulnerable groups) who will receive bursaries of up to £1,200.

II) Discretionary bursaries awarded to claimants to meet individual needs.

Bursaries for young people in defined vulnerable groups

Students who meet one of the following 4 criteria below, in addition to the above age and residency criteria, can apply for a bursary for vulnerable groups of up to £1,200 per year.

  • The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

    • In care (those who are privately fostered are not classed as looked after)

    • Care leavers

    • Receiving 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

    • Receiving 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

Students eligible for bursaries under this category will be given a pro-rata bursary if their study programme lasts for less than 30 weeks.


Discretionary bursaries

A discretionary bursary may be available to Cobham Free School students not eligible for the full bursary who meet the criteria to qualify for free school meals. This is for those students who reside in a household whose parents/guardians are in receipt of the following;

  • Income Support

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

  • Additional Support Required (Household income likely to be under £25,000 per annum or other qualifying circumstances at the school's discretion)


Conditions for the receipt of bursary payments

Payments are conditional on students meeting the following conditions in relation to their standards of attendance and behaviour:

  • Attendance above 90%

  • Good punctuality

  • Following our sixth form code of conduct

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