Funding & Travel

16 - 19 Bursary Fund

A key priority of the Government is to close the gap in attainment between those from poorer and more affluent backgrounds, and to ensure every young person participates in and benefits from a place in 16-19 education and training. The Government provides funding to tackle disadvantage both through the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFA) funding formula and through support to help young people meet the costs of participating in education and training post-16, principally through the 16-19 Bursary Fund.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund has two elements:

  • A bursary of £1,200 a year for young people in the following defined vulnerable groups: in care; care leavers; young people in receipt of Income Support or Universal Credit; and disabled young people in receipt of Employment Support Allowance who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payments.
  • Discretionary awards made by institutions to young people in ways that best fit the needs and circumstances of their students. Bursary awards should be targeted towards those young people who face the greatest financial barriers to participation; such as the costs of transport, meals, books and equipment.

Institutions are free to determine the assessment criteria for eligibility for discretionary bursaries, and the frequency of and conditions for payments for all awards, subject to the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

To apply for a Bursary for the academic year 2020/2021 please read the guidelines and complete the 2020 /2021 application form by following the link click here and return to Mrs Hilton in the Sixth Form Office.

Kent County Council 16+ Travel Cards

Kent 16+ travel cards can be applied for on line direct from Kent County Council following the link. Cards will be delivered directly to the school. Mrs Hilton will have these in the sixth form office once they have been delivered. Students who are eligible for the bursary can claim for this in the usual way - application forms are available from her office or on the 16-19 Bursary page on this website.

Student Parking

We have to prioritise the needs of the staff over the students for the common sense reason that if staff cannot move quickly and efficiently between the two sites, lessons cannot take place. Parking is also sometimes difficult because we share sites with a number of other organisations.

Following the installation of new gates at Green Lane, the parking arrangements have been changed. The parking on the hill and around the roundabout is now designated for student parking and the top car park will be used by staff only. We will ask staff to prioritise the top car park where possible to provide as much space as possible for students, but this may not always be possible.

If you want to park in this car park, you will need to apply for a permit from Mrs Hilton. If you live within close walking distance of the school and we have too many applications, we may need to refuse you.

You are not allowed to park on the Beeches site even in the visitors’ car park.

You must not drive above 5mph on site - this may seem ridiculously slow, but we have very small children on site who could run out in front of a car at any moment. If you are seen driving too fast or otherwise dangerously, you will be banned.

Sixth Form students’ cars must stay at the Sixth Form Centre, even if lessons are at the Beeches site.