Please take the time to watch the short video about the various bursaries available at Sixth Form @ South Wirral

You can access the bursary application form here: 16-19 Bursary Application Form

If you would prefer to have an application form posted to you please email bursary@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk providing your full name and address.

If you are a prospective student and looking to submit a bursary application, forms will be available in Summer and will need to be submitted during enrolment and before the end of September.

All returning students will need to submit a new application each academic year.

Click here to download the Bursary Fund Policy

Vulnerable Students Bursary​

The defined vulnerable groups are students who are:

• in care
• 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

Core Bursary and Free School Meals​

Available to students whose parents/carers receive one or more of the following:

Income Support
Income-based Jobseekers’ Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
Universal Credit benefit, with net earnings not exceeding the equivalent of £7,400 pa (example can be found on our website www.priestley.ac.uk of the Universal Credit monthly award notice. Your award notice can be found in your journal when you log in online to your UC account).
The Core Bursary can be used for travel costs and equipment. For example, to pay for a relevant bus pass or an Art Kit.

Discretionary Bursaries​

These bursaries are for students not eligible for a core bursary where their parents or carers have an annual income of more than £25,000.

Or those who face emergency short-term financial hardship.

Bursary Funds can be used to support costs with: Travel, meals, equipment and materials, course related visits, UCAS applications, sport activities, and/or one-off emergencies.

Other sources of financial support​

Child Benefit
Parents can continue to claim Child Benefit until their child’s 20th birthday if they stay in full-time education.

Care to Learn
Those students under the age of 20 can apply for financial support to cover childcare costs up to £160 per week through the Care to Learn scheme. Childcare must be provided by an OFSTED registered childcare provider.

Bursary and Free School Meals Applications
Application forms can be downloaded from our website or collected from Student Services. They can be returned – with supporting documentation – to Student Services during the summer holiday rather than waiting for registration.

Once the online form is completed, supporting receipts must be emailed to bursary@southwirral.wirral.sch.uk in order for the claims to be processed, or handed to Mr Cameron. Please include your full name, school and form group in the email so that your receipts and form(s) can be matched.

The list below is an example of the costs that students may receive bursary support for:

  • Public transport to and from school – If a student indicates in their application form that they take public
    transport to school, some of their bursary will be allocated specifically to termly payments for travel costs. It will not be possible to claim for travel costs using a claim form, except those relating to university visits.
  • School uniform / sports kit – Each eligible student will automatically receive a one off payment of up to £150 to cover their uniform costs for the year. It will not be possible to claim for additional uniform costs using a claim form.
  • Trips and UK education visits – we may fund up to £100 for overseas trips
  • University visits / interviews.
  • Curriculum materials / equipment – books, revision guides, consumables, etc.
  • Examination fees including re-sit if applicable.
  • Music tuition fees – for tuition organized by the school.
  • School meals – Tiers B students will have the option to request that some of their bursary be allocated to
    the school canteen system.
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