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The Marlborough Science Academy

Sixth Form Bursary

Financial support is available at The Marlborough Science Academy to Post-16 students through the Bursary Fund. There are a number of factors may indicate a student is eligible for the award the most common being receipt of free school meals. There are two tiers of bursary:

Tier 1 - Vulnerable Bursary
Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are eligible for a bursary of £1,200 if their course lasts for 30 weeks or more. Young people in the defined vulnerable groups are usually living apart from their parents/carers, so they can get social security benefits in their own right. Students will have the bursary payments divided up into monthly/weekly amounts and paid directly into their bank accounts as long as they are attending the school. Evidence of eligibility may be required.

The defined vulnerable groups are:

· young people in care, including unaccompanied asylum-seeking children

· young care leavers 5

· young people getting Income Support or the equivalent Universal Credit (UC) in their own right

· young people getting both Disability Living Allowance (or the new Personal Independence Payments) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) (or Universal Credit as a replacement for ESA) in their own right.


Tier 2 – Discretionary Bursary (means tested)
Students (other than those in category 1) who are registered for free school meals will qualify for the discretionary bursary. This is automatic but will be verified by the Eligibility Checking Service (ECS) and therefore no paper proof is needed.

The list of qualifying benefits for free school meals is as follows:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and has an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit · Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit run – on paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit Page 2 of 2 Students who are in receipt of any of the above benefits are urged to register of Free School Meals in order to qualify for the bursary.

If your circumstances have changed or you think the above conditions may apply to you, Parents/Carers should apply for free School Meals online at: As soon as their application is submitted, Herts County Council will check using the ECS whether the parent/carer qualifies for free School Meals and advise them of the outcome immediately.

  • All discretionary bursaries will be paid in arrears by bank transfer
  • The Discretionary bursary will be paid bi-weekly to students who have subject attendance of 96% in the preceding month. Students may receive a bursary payment depending on the circumstances of the absence. The decision of the head will be final in this matter.
  • The amount of the discretionary grant available for each student will not be known until we have details of all students who are eligible.

However, it will never be more than the amount of the guaranteed bursary.

  • Any surplus funding will be reserved for 6th Form Access requests

Access Fund

The Access Fund is a small pot of money that is available for all Post 16 students struggling to buy essential school related items or pay for school related activities/resources. Applications to access this should be made in writing to the head of sixth form. Items will be purchased directly for the student and no financial transaction will take place between the school and the applicant.