The fund is made available from the government through its funding body - the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for 16-19 year olds - to provide assistance to students whose access to, or completion of, education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers.
Students following government (EFA or SFA) funded full time or part-time courses, who are 16 years and over and satisfy one or more of the following criteria:-
Students aged at least 16 and under 19 years of age who are in care, are leaving care, are in direct receipt of Income Support or are disabled and in receipt of both Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance
Students who are economically or socially disadvantaged and at risk of not taking up or continuing in their education. This group includes students with physical or other disabilities, medical conditions and/or learning difficulties.
Students who have been in care, on probation, are young parents or are otherwise considered at risk.
Refugees (who will have access to 16-19 Bursary Funding if they are in receipt of supportive evidence from DWP).
Students under 16 years of age or over 19 years of age.
Students who do not meet the residency qualifications
The 16-19 Bursary Fund is a limited fund. There will be 3 priority groups, categorised as high, medium and low. Any payments made to students in the medium and low groups are discretionary and the Academy will prioritise allocation.
Two further awards are available:
The Florence Robinson award is for existing sixth formers. This year, eight £100 awards have been distributed to help students cover the costs of books, materials, transport etc.
The Adnitt Award is aimed at able Thomas Deacon Academy students intending to go to university. This year, five recipients were awarded £1,000 each to support them with their degree aspirations.