Latest Announcements:

Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Sixth Form 16-19 Bursary Policy

In line with Catholic Social Teaching, Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Sixth Form is an academic, but inclusive, post sixteen provider. The governors and staff at Archbishop Ilsley want all students to succeed academically, pastorally and spiritually and will endeavour to remove any barriers that stand in the way of such aspiration.

As St Paul said in his letter to the Philippians:

“In humility, count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians, 2: 3-4). 

The 16-19 bursary was introduced as a measure to ensure that students with severe financial obstacles could continue in education. It should, therefore, be viewed as a hardship fund. 

All students are entitled to apply, but it will only be possible to support those regarded as the most in need. As the bursary is intended to support student’s education, payment has to be subject to good attendance and the meeting of study commitments. Students will be interviewed in September to assess their financial needs. Funds are limited, so students must ascertain whether the additional bursary money is available to them before making additional purchases.

  1. Funding to the sixth form is limited and will be distributed in accordance with YPLA and DofE guidelines. 
  2. Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Sixth Form will be held accountable for the allocation of the bursary by the LA and must provide evidence of how it has been allocated. 
  3. The funding is targeted at the most vulnerable students; those who are in very real danger of needing to leave education because they cannot avoid the basic costs such as travel, equipment and food. 
  4. Applications should be made directly to the school, using the Archbishop Ilsley 16-19 bursary application form, and evidence must be provided to support the applications. 
  5. The free school meals entitlement continues in the sixth form. Receipt of free school meals will be taken into consideration when allocations are being made.
  6. Two categories of bursary are available;
    • Vulnerable students bursary.
    • Discretionary bursary vulnerable students are identified in four categories;
      • Those in care.
      • Recent care leavers.
      • Students in receipt of Income Support (not parents or relatives).
      • Students in receipt of Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance (not parents or relatives).
  7. Until all applications have been considered it will not be possible to know how much will be available and how many students will qualify for support.
  8. All evidence provided to the school will be held in the strictest confidence and recorded as such.
  9. Students approved as eligible for access to either bursary will have to demonstrate high levels of attendance, commitment and focus in order to gain access to their allocation. The school will withhold students’ allocations if they do not meet the terms of the agreement.
  10. If a young person feels dissatisfied with the way their bursary application has been handled, they should contact the Head of Sixth Form in the first instance.

Please follow the links below to view the arrangements and the process for how Archbishop Ilsley School will administer and allocate the 16‐19 Bursary Fund in 2022-23 & 2023-24 and the application form.

Site search