The Seaford Head Sixth Form is able to offer help students with the cost of studying. The bursary fund is available to students aged 16 - 19 and is funded directly by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

There are two types of bursary available, a Vulnerable Bursary and Discretionary Bursary. Bursaries need to be reapplied for each year.

Vulnerable Bursary

If you fall into one of the following categories, you may be eligible for a Vulnerable Bursary of up to £1,200 per year (this is funded directly from the ESFA) to help with the cost of studying:
•You are in or recently left local authority care
•You get Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name
•You get Disability Living Allowance (DLA) in your own name and either Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or Universal Credit (UC)
•You get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) in your name and either Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit (UC)

We do require original evidence from external agencies, key worker/social worker or evidence of a benefit in your own name.

Each application is assessed and eligibility for a Vulnerable Bursary does not entitle any student to receive the bursary if there are no financial needs or the financial needs are met via an alternative means. The amount a student may receive depends on the costs they have and what is needed for their course. This might include books, equipment, trips or travel costs to school.


Discretionary Bursary

If you live at home with your parent(s) or carer(s) you MAY be eligible for financial help from the Discretionary Bursary Fund. Each student’ individual needs together with the total family household income will be considered alongside other factors to determine whether a bursary may be awarded.
You may also get help from the Discretionary Bursary Fund if you are a young carer, or have an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

•    Discretionary Bursaries  awarded to meet individual needs. For example, trips, travel costs to school, books and equipment. Students may be awarded this bursary if they have a need for financial help with the cost of studying.

Please note money will be allocated depending on the need of the student and as funds are limited funding may be allocated on a pro-rata basis. Students will also need to meet the schools behaviour, attendance and punctuality expectations in order to receive payment.

Sixth Form students can download the Bursary Form below, there are 2 sections to the form, one is to be completed by the student and the other by a parent.  Please return completed forms to Miss Ralph at the Sixth Form office with any supporting documentation by Friday 17th September 2021, all completed application forms, the original Tax Credit Award Notice (showing the household income for 2020/21) and any other supporting evidence need to be submitted with the application. Applications will be considered after this date but payment may be delayed.

For more information about the 16-19 Bursary Fund can be found on the government website:

If you have any questions regarding the bursary, please do not hesitate to contact the Sixth Form on

Successful bursary applicants

Payments are issued by BACS and are made three times in the year, STUDENTS MUST HAVE THEIR OWN BANK ACCOUNT in order to receive payments.
N.B. Savings Accounts cannot be accepted.

If you are approved to receive the student bursary, Miss Ralph will notify successful applicants. 

The first payment will take place in October 2021. 


16-19 Bursary Fund (2021 -2022)