Sixth Form

Financial Support Information for DPA Sixth Form Students

This document sets out what financial support is available for students enrolled at DPA Sixth Form and how it can be applied for.

Free School Meals

Just as in Year 7-11, DPA Sixth Form students are able to claim free school meals if their parent(s) or carer(s) receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit (provided their annual net earned income does not exceed £7400, as assessed by earnings from up to three most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To apply for free school meals, students should complete the application form available on the Slough Borough Council website – If you need support with the form, please see DPA Reception.

16 to 19 Bursary Fund

This provides financial support to help overcome specific financial barriers to educational participation. It is made available from the government and is a partial replacement for the previous EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance). To apply, students must be aged 16, 17 or 18 at 31st August 2019 and meet the residency criteria. 

There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

1. Vulnerable Bursary

A student is eligible to claim up to £1,200 a year if they meet one or more of the following descriptions, and provide DPA with copies of the relevant evidence:

Qualifying Criteria

Evidence of Eligibility

Students currently living in care[1]

Written confirmation (letter or email) of their current or previous looked-after status from the relevant local authority.

Students who are care leavers[2]

Receiving Income Support or Universal Credit in your own name.

A copy of their Income Support or Universal Credit award notice.

This must clearly state the claim is in the students’ name / confirm they are entitled to the benefits in their own right. 

Receiving Employment & Support Allowance and either Disability Living Allowance Personal Independence Payments in their own name.

A copy of their UC claim form from DWP (can print off details from their online account).

Evidence of receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.

2. Discretionary Bursary

A student can also apply for financial help with the cost of educational-related transport, meals, clothing, books, kit, exam re-sits and equipment. This is based on students’ individual circumstances and takes into account student attendance and behaviour record. Payments can be made by bank transfer or made ‘in kind’.

Qualifying Criteria

Exemplar Evidence of Eligibility

Gross total annual household income of £25,000 a year or less.

P60 End of Year certificate

3 most recent monthly payslips    

4 most recent weekly payslips

Self-Assessment Tax Calculation (SA302)

In receipt of tax credits or benefits

Letter from DWP

Universal Credit online statements

Tax Credit Award Notice

Award letters

Qualifying for Free School Meals

Confirmation from Slough Borough Council

Exceptional reason

Apply in writing

All students in receipt of a Bursary should:

  • Meet punctuality / attendance requirements of 90%.
  • In addition, all young people in receipt of a Bursary must behave appropriately and submit work of an appropriate level and to required deadlines.

If the student does not meet these conditions, DPA reserves the right to withdraw or suspend Bursary payments.

Terms and Conditions

1. Initial Applications

To begin receiving payments, students will need to complete 6 weeks study at DPA Sixth Form. Any eligible student can make an application ahead of this period. In cases of extreme hardship, consideration will also be given for earlier payment. Initial application should therefore be submitted by 11th October 2019. Applications made after this date will be considered if sufficient funds are available.

2. Application Process

All applications for a bursary will be assessed by a 16-19 Bursary Application Panel consisting of:

  • Head of DPA Sixth Form
  • Finance Manager
  • A member of SLT

The Panel will review the application and supporting evidence. Students will be informed of the outcome by October half-term for initial applications. Any later applications will be notified within two weeks of their receipt. 

3. Appeals Process

If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of their application, they should write to Mr Caulfield outlining their reasons why. An Appeals Panel will be convened to consider and respond to the appeal.

  • If an appeal is upheld, the application will be referred back to the 16-19 Bursary Application Panel with recommendations.
  • If an appeal is not upheld, the applicant will be signposted to the Academy Complaints Procedure. 

4. Changes in Circumstance

A student in receipt of a Bursary has a duty to inform DPA should if their financial circumstances, or those of their parent/guardian/carer(s) change. For example, an increase in household income or Free School Meals being withdrawn for a sibling. This does not automatically mean that future Bursary payments will be stopped but would result in a convening of the 16-19 Bursary Application Panel to determine whether the payments continue or be stopped and the funds redistributed.

[1] For this, being ‘in care’ requires the young person to have been placed with a foster carer by the local authority.
[2] A ‘care leaver’ is defined as a young person aged 16 or 17 who was previously looked after for a period of 13 consecutive weeks (or periods amounting to 13 weeks). This period must have begun after the age of 14 and ended after the age of 16.

Bursary Application Form