The College has been allocated funding for the purpose of supporting financially disadvantaged young people to take up or continue their education post-16. The 16-19 Bursary is a limited fund made available for supporting eligible young people with the costs of transport, food, books, educational visits or other course materials or equipment essential to successfully complete their post-16 programme of study.

It is targeted towards those young people considered most in need of financial support. The government has identified a priority group of young people – those in or leaving care – and have asked schools to give priority to this group first and offer them a Guaranteed Vulnerable Bursary.

After this group has been considered, it is expected that a small amount of funding will be available for other students in need of financial support. St Richard Reynolds Catholic College has set eligibility criteria to ensure the remaining funds go to those who are seen to need it most.  Any young person who meets these eligibility criteria can apply for a Discretionary Bursary. Further amounts (as available) will be awarded under the Discretionary Bursary.

Students can apply for one of our bursaries if they are aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August 2021, meet the national residency requirements and at least one of the criteria listed below:


  • Currently in Local Authority care
  • Local Authority Care leaver
  • Disabled young person receiving both Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Disability Allowance (DSA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your own name
  • In receipt of Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit and Disability Living or Personal Independence payment in your own name
  • if you have an identifiable financial need but do not fall into the above category, e.g.  you may apply for this bursary if you are, or have been in the last five years, in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM).

For further information, please refer to our Bursary Policy or the Department for Education website HERE

Bursary Policy

Bursary Application Form

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