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Discretionary Bursary

Discretionary Bursary information for 2016-17

Frequently Asked Questions 16-19

What help is available?
Learner’s circumstances will determine which fund they can apply to:
Learners have to be resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of their traineeship.

To be eligible
Applicants must be under 19 on 1st August 2016

Discretionary Bursary
Available to learners whose total household income is under £25,521 per annum.

Income/benefits Help available

Band 1

Annual household income of £16,190 or less 

100% travel paid

Reimbursement when attending interviews and/or college/university open days

Band 2

Annual household income between £16,191 - £20,817 

90% travel paid

Reimbursement when attending interviews and/or college/university open days

Band 3

Annual household income between £20,818 - £25,521

80% travel paid

Reimbursement when attending interviews and/or college/university open days

Free Academy Meals allowance (of up to £2.41 per meal)


Available to learners if parents or carers are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) with gross income of £16,190 or less

How do I apply?

Complete a Discretionary Bursary application. These can be found in Learner Support office. Alternatively ring the Academy tel 0117 953 3001 and request to speak to Learner Support or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Completed applications will be processed in date order of receipt. There is no guarantee that learners will be entitled to any of the bursaries as this depends on funds being available and meeting the Academy’s criteria on eligibility, progress, attendance and behaviour.

Will I need to supply anything with my application?

Any entitlement will depend on household circumstances and income. Therefore learners will need to supply proof of any income into the household. This will include wage slips or proof of benefits. Without this, we will not be able to process the application.

What can I apply for?

Learners can apply for help towards travel if they live further than 2 miles away from the Academy, equipment, trips and meals. However we cannot help with living costs.

How will I find out if my application has been successful?

Once a decision has been made we will write to learners informing them of the outcome of their application.

How will I be paid?

For learners who are successful, payment will be made in the form of bus passes, food cards etc. This will only happen once learners have started their course. Learners who are entitled to help with travel, will be given a monthly bus pass. Payments are made if learners have 95% or above attendance, and follow the Academy Learner Code of Conduct. If attendance falls below 95% financial support may be withdrawn.

What if I don’t agree with the decision that has been made?
Learners have the right to appeal against any decision that has been made. Appeals should be made in writing to the Academy Appeal Panel within 21 days of the decision.

Who should I contact for further information?
Please contact Heather Reed, Learner Support Officer
T 0117 953 3001
E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is correct at the time of going to print but may change at any time. This should be used as a guide only, please ask to confirm amounts and bursary availablility